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The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries From a Secret World
Narrated by: Mike Grady
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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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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You'll never look at trees the same!

This is one of my all-time favourites! We all know that trees are part of Nature and we've seen documentaries on weird looking fish and archaeological diggings but for someone to have studied what's right in front of us and present it with such a beautiful, flowing, narrative is - simply, stunning. You will literally be introduced to the 'Family Tree,' how they communicate with each other, their immediate surroundings, and any dangers. Do trees really die? Is there a parental structure to the Tree community?

I started out being curious. Now I hug trees!

It's also a bit of a sad awakening. We are ALL part of nature and all inter-connected. The trees have not forgotten this but us humans may have.

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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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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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thanks for the insight

great to hear there is so much literature and science already about trees and their hidden network with mycelium and eachother

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You will never look at forests the same way again.

What a wonderful beautifully narrated introduction to the hidden wonders of our forests...a true eye opener.

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Loved This Book

I feel richer for having read this book. Hiking adventures will never be the same.

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Humbling

As an arrogant human, I found this story about the life and death of trees quite humbling.

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Treebeard would be proud.

In The Two Towers there is a section where Merry and Pippin are talking and they talk of a hope when back in Hobbiton, that youngsters would ask "Please, can you tell us more about Treebeard and the Ents?". These fellows have told us about the Ents. Thank you.

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Delightful information

Wow, a wood wide web. How fascinating. I'll be sure to visit a forest near me soon.

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It changed the way I look at trees

Filled with the authors fascinating insights and experiences as a forester and backed up with the latest scientific discoveries this is a fascinating look into the lives of forests and trees. While focusing on Western Europe for the main, the information is easily extrapolated to fit and apply to the life of local trees and forests anywhere. I have always loved trees, but now I have a new respect and deeper understanding of just how special they are. I am also more fully aware of the many ways we do harm to them. This is a book I think every horticulturist, every arborist, every gardener, every forester and every tree lover should read. or listen to.

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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