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Never Home Alone

From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live
By: Rob Dunn
Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements.

Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the lactobacillus lounging on our kitchen counters. You are not alone. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us - prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay. No one who listens to this engrossing, revelatory audiobook will look at their homes in the same way again.

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©2018 Rob Dunn (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[An] intriguing and captivating scientific detective story...Dunn eloquently observes that many species we find in our homes have value to us." (BookPage)

"Delightfully entertaining and scientifically enlightening... [Dunn] makes a compelling case for the value of biodiversity, while also conveying the excitement of scientific investigation, demonstrating that important discoveries can be made very close to home." (Publishers Weekly)

"Scintillating...In a time of clear-eyed assessment of the environment, Dunn is a voice of reason who should be heartily welcomed." (Booklist, starred review)

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  • Beth Swope
  • 24-01-2019

Very informative and icky

A great book for seeing the universe in our own home. A bit icky and scary knowing we are never alone. Good book. Slowed down near the end.

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  • Klaus Earl Loft
  • 12-01-2019

ecology microenvironment put in context

well presented and interesting and this so in a field with a huge lack of information.....bravo

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  • Ron
  • 13-03-2019

Wonders of this planet right under our noses<br />

I loved it! This is well researched and fascinating. It is also well written, keeping the science fun.

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  • Paula
  • 17-04-2019

The most astonishing book I've read this decade!

...and I purchase over 100 books a year. This is truly an AHa! book, that startles, amazes and inspires like none I have read since the Forgotten Pollinators, a couple of decades ago. Each chapter, each story, each new concept provides new insights into our natural world that I had never imagined. I have not written a review for a couple of years, but I just had to chime in about this treasure! I can't imagine anyone reading (listening) to it without coming away with a new understanding of life on our planet. I will buy it in hard cover and pass it on to all my friends that don't listen to audio books.