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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Joyann
  • Millaa Millaa, Australia
  • 25-04-2017

Hidden Life of Trees

This was a bit of a snooze fest for me. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere it really doesn't relate. It's mainly anecdotal evidence. Still enlightening as to the damage we inflict on living organisms.

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AMAZING book!!

An incredible book about trees, their life and communication with surroundings. Makes you feel as if you're in a fairytale :) Loooooved it!!!!

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Learnt a lot of new stuff

Something completely different to what I would normally listen too however this book was full of interesting new facts and could be easily followed.

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Tree-mendous! (Sorry)

This book could have been much more boring than watching grass grow. Instead it is delightful; the author's own deep love of all things arboreal convincing the reader/listener that the intimate details of (European ) forest life are far too precious to ignore. The organisation into 40-odd chapters suits the content admirably. I used Audible for this book. Beautifully read, I found myself listening to this amazing book for hours on end. Don't be put off by the seemingly boring (!) subject matter, just try it...

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Loved it!

Great story telling mixed with scientific info. Would def rec to anyone. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and actually want to read it again

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wonderous insight into life of trees

has given me a great insight and a different way of looking at trees and forests where I live. amazing book!

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wonderful

brilliant, I listened to it as I drove around the US
it was great, amazing informative and engaging
I really recommend this one

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Beautiful and eye opening

As a lover of nature, I always knew trees were more than just 'things', but this book really opened my eyes about the life of trees and the ecosystems they're a part of.
I had no idea some species of trees protect eachother, and parent trees 'teach' their offspring to grow in a manner that will increase the likelihood of their future survival.
The author is wonderful and explains complex concepts in a way anyone can understand. The narrator was perfect for this book too. An overall enjoyable and enlightening listen.

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delightful and gentle

this wonderful book brings genuine balance of science, history with an invitation to re enter the human experience of wonder and imagination read beautifully

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A beautiful book

I loved listeninng to the discriptions of each trees and plants. A soothing sound around my bed time.

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  • Michael
  • 31-10-2018

loved it - opened a whole new world

it's this kind of book and the work that it represents could change the world

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  • Lee
  • 17-04-2017

A wonderful insight into trees Hidden lives

What did you love best about The Hidden Life of Trees?

The deliverance of the extraordinary ways that trees actually exist

What did you like best about this story?

How interconnected trees and all of life are, how essential to existence of all living beings on this planet every being is

Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favorite?

Ahhhhh...Mike Grady

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were many ah-ha moments listening to this book