Try an audiobook on us

A Sting in the Tale

Narrated by: Dave Goulson
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
Regular price: £19.99
£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Sting in the Tale, written and read by Dave Goulson.

A Sunday Times best seller.

Short-listed for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize.

Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees.

Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee is now extinct in the UK but still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, descended from a few queen bees shipped over in the 19th century. A Sting in the Tale tells the story of Goulson’s passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land and contains groundbreaking research into these curious creatures, history’s relationship with the bumblebee, the disastrous effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

©2013 Dave Goulson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Delightful insight into science & social insects.

I got this Audible title as soon as it appeared and enjoyed it immensely. The paper book is great, but having the author read it to you is so much better. Dave Goulson tells a lively, amusing and insightful story of a research ecologist, from childhood fascination with nature to professor of biology and his own research group. He weaves his story around research on bumble bees, with some amazing snippets about their behaviour and ecology. He tells of the people he has met, students he has supervised and the ups and downs, twists and turns of scientific research. The language is very accessible, and its a story, not a text book, so don't be put off if you're not a scientist. You will have a good laugh and learn some amazing stuff about bees! However, if you are interested in science, especially considering a scientific career, you really should let Dave Goulson read his book to you and be inspired by bees.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful