- Exploring Darwin's Tapestry
- Narrated by: Michael Brooks
- Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 13-08-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Darwin tested and refined his idea for decades before he was persuaded to go public in 1859 by publishing The Origin of Species. Today this remote archipelago is the destination of vast numbers of visitors who hope to see what Darwin saw and to experience the aura of this extraordinary place.
The Galapagos ecosystem, a tapestry of living things, is probably the best preserved of any in the world. Like all ecosystems, it is made of many components that are interwoven and interdependent; Darwin's idea explains how such tapestries are organized as well as how they are created.
Now, in spectacular pictures and insightful prose, The Galapagos: Exploring Darwin's Tapestry opens the Galapagos experience to general listeners. With an extensive background in ornithology and evolutionary ecology, a lifetime of experience as naturalist and photographer, and a deep respect for his subjects, John Hess has produced a celebration of these 'Enchanted Islands'.
After describing the islands' origins and the complex of physical forces that make the Galapagos so remarkable, Hess turns his attention to the most prominent habitats on the islands and to the plants and animals encountered in them. He then focuses on the animals most encountered by visitors, animals that Hess presents as Galapagos Royalty: the flightless cormorant, the marine iguana, the Galapagos tortoise, and others.
For Hess, the Galapagos are more than a tourist attraction, more than a shrine to science - they are a place of breathless awe. His book invites readers to share his affection for the islands and his appreciation of the exquisite beauty of Darwin's tapestry.
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By Paul on 11-12-16
Interesting concept of the tapestry
Many interesting facts as I am studying the Galapagos overall now. The narrator spoke way too quickly so this was the first audiobook of many that I actually had to slow it to .75 speed.