A forester's fascinating stories backed by the latest scientific research illustrate how trees nurture and talk to each other. Are trees social beings?
In this international best seller - which has sold more than 320,000 copies in Germany alone - forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.
Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After you have heard The Hidden Life of Trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.
©2016 Peter Wohlleben. Published by arrangement with Black Inc. (P)2016 HarperCollins Audio
"The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news long known to biologists that trees in the forest are social beings." (The New York Times)
"In this spirited exploration, [Wohlleben] guarantees that readers will never look at these life forms in quite the same way again." (Library Journal)
i'd definitely listen again. this title is full of fascinating concepts and information, while it is easy to listen to, a second read would help it all sink in a lot better.
i'd compare it to 'The Botany of Desire' by Michel Polan. one, in that it is botanical and two it's full of surprising concepts, id also liken it to 'The Triumph of Seeds' - i forget the author, but comparing for the same reasons.
haha, no characters as such, but i think my favorite tree is now Betula Papyrifera
absolutely, the chapter 'Street Kids' made me feel deeply saddened about all those amenity trees ive installed. its reallt made me think more deeply about my industry.
an excellent book, if you like gardening, horticulture, ecology etc, you'll enjoy this.
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