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Honeybee Democracy

Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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Summary

Honeybees make decisions collectively-and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

©2010 Princeton University Press (P)2017 Tantor

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"The year's most enchanting science book." ( Financial Times)

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Natural page turner

I'm enjoying this whilst driving it is doing a great job at keeping me away from the cov1d media!
Excellent informative and teaching an old dog things I never considered

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A must for any beekeeper

Wonderful insight into the decision making process of honeybees. A must for any beekeeper. Explains how decisions are made for nest sites for swarms.

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Informative

Goes into a lot of detail of how Bees select their new home, through observation by bee scientists.

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  • D. Meier
  • 18-06-19

Most Annoying Book Ever!!

There's useful information in here about Bees but majority of the book is just the Author's self congratulatory journaling. I'd say the book Is < 15% about honeybees and 85% about the Authors experience and scientific method working with bees. I don't even like the Author after reading this book, he loves to go into detail about all the bees he exterminates, says it makes him feel bad and then cracks a bad joke. Cyanide laced honey, why doesn't he eat it? #SavetheBees; the scientific community wouldn't be at any loss. The countless bees he killed to perform science can now be done with hi speed cameras. How has this research helped the proliferation of bees?

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  • ed
  • 19-02-19

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I read 5 books on bees (all from audible)- this one should be the only one out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-18

You won't BEE disappointed!

What sounds like the nerdiest book for a niche market of enthusiasts or scientists I started this book with guarded expectations.

I was completely mistaken!

Knowing absolutely nothing about bee's other then it hurts when they sting you i found myself fascinated by this book, the bee's and the authors enthusiasm and life work!

It's one of those books your going to have to trust the audible reviews and just give it a shot! You won't BEE disappointed!

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  • Helen J Higgins
  • 07-05-20

Bees hold the Secrets to True Democracy

unbelievable science based revelation of the natural world and the existence of true democracy. A must read for biologists, political scientist and anthropologist!

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  • Elena G
  • 11-03-20

Very interesting and complete story about bee life

I enjoyed the passion with which every aspect of complex bee life and interactions is described.

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  • Paul C.
  • 01-03-20

Audio Version Honeybee Democracy

Very interesting study on honeybee swarming. The author explains in depth the research that went into this complete study of honeybee communication.

Towards the end of the book the author had to interject his political beliefs by blaming GW Bush for the Iraq war. A subject the author is not an expert on and should have minded his own business about.

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  • Joe Merritt
  • 22-02-20

will listen to this one several times!<br /><br /><br />

Obviously Tom has given his life to knowing Bees.
Gained much insight into research methods.

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  • B. Silberfarb
  • 10-12-19

Amazing! Well written and a great listen!

What a wonderful book. Scientific, accessible and thought provoking. Whether your are interested in science or not, this is great stuff.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 06-09-18

Wonderfully detailed & complete. A joy.

As a beekeeper, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of behavioural and scientific detail. Particularly impressed how bees are great examples for humans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-18

Great read!

Great book! The methodology used in the authors experiments was really clear. The story was fascinating and the narrator did a great job. Would definitely recommend!