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The Hidden Life of Trees Audiobook

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

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Publisher's Summary

How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben puts groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language everyone can relate to.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware.

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown lives of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that ecofriendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

After a walk through the woods with Wohlleben, you'll never look at trees the same way again.

©2015, 2016 Ludwig Verlag, Munich, part of the Random House GmbH publishing group. Jane Billinghurst. Tim Flannery. "Note from a Forest Scientist" by Dr. Suzanne Simard. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Well worth a listen"

    Really interesting and offers an opportunity to understand trees in a completely new light. Essentially as creatures themselves. Same bloke narrating as for Richard Forteys 'Wood for the Trees' so good tone and pace. Only snag as with all audiobooks is that you can't see the references to the scientific literature that is cited but a really nice listen nevertheless. Set up your hammock and enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Mcgovern 28/11/2016
    A. Mcgovern 28/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great. If a little too enthusiastic!"

    What fantastic insights. I will never look at trees in the same way again. The only negative is that Wohlleben gets a little too enthusiastic about his trees and personifies them too much which spoils the effect here and there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 08/11/2016
    Molly 08/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "The beauty of trees"

    Will never look at trees as just firewood again!! Have read this Over and over and have now purchased more to create a small wood for the future.

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  • Kaysi12
    01/10/16
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    "Transformative book"

    This book has changed how I will see forests and trees forever. I have always felt restored by walks in the woods but now I have a glimpse into the complexities of forest that produce those feelings of serenity and of being transported to a different level of perception and being. Some books describe the science of nature; others the poetry of nature; but this book captures both in a wonderful illumination of forests.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    03/10/16
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    "Revealing the Wonders of the Forest"

    A beautiful account of the authors observations and findings on the very social lives of trees. The findings are intuitive and make sense when you step into a forest. You can feel the truth of it in how comforting a healthy, undisturbed forest feels to be in. Yet it is fascinating to learn the intricacies and details of how trees live, love, and learn together. The forest certainly is more than the sum of its parts. Beautifully and fittingly narrated as well I might add.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • ButtonButterbee
    03/11/16
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    "Do you breathe? Read this book."
    Would you listen to The Hidden Life of Trees again? Why?

    I will listen to it or read it again. It taught me so much about what's happening beyond the seemingly static outside of a tree. It helped me understand how vital, lively, and utterly necessary a healthy forest is. This book is something every school kid should have on their reading list.

    Did you know that trees have a nervous system? That they strategically plan their growth? Help and support their family and neighbors? Most trees have the equivalent of brains in their roots. I saw a video of a tree getting transplanted by a giant spading machine the other day. I'd seen it once before and thought how cool it was that the tree's life was spared. Now I understand it got the equivalent of a lobotomy and a severely shortened life. This book will change your understanding of the world in a gentle and engaging way.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • beth merritt
    21/09/16
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    "Delightful!"

    A bit long winded at times, but absolutely delightful! A nice blend of science and wonder!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David
    22/10/16
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    "Connect the dots"

    While it may be that our brains are are preformed to obtain and contain information in a prescribed pattern, the idea that plant intelligence is other worldly and largely unexplored is deeply satisfying and intriguing.
    This opens a new constellation of beauty.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ella Ann
    05/10/16
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    "The Forest is Alive and Sentient"

    I loved this book. I grew up in an umtimbered forest and experienced the magic of a forest first hand.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • T
    04/12/16
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    "Don't believe it all."

    There is a lot of good information in here, presented as kind of a fantasy bedtime story.

    With that, some of it is a bit too fantastic and stretches the truth and science a bit far.

    Signed, a certified arborist, BA in environmental science, asha horticulturalist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doug Gordon
    28/10/16
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    "Incredible Insights into the Forest"

    This book covers the holistic story of forests, offering a perspective that parallels the lives of humans and other animals emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually with that of trees and forests. A must listen for all lovers of nature!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Todd Randall Kaiser
    21/10/16
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    "Amazing revelations"

    I have spent many years in the woods and always sensed something greater than what I saw was happening. Now I'm beginning to understand what it is
    Thank you for this book

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl Coldsmith
    27/10/16
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    "The root of life"

    EXCELLENT book with an EXCELLENT narrator. Highly recommend to all those who love to breath.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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