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  • The Language of Butterflies

  • How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect
  • By: Wendy Williams
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

In this “deeply personal and lyrical book” (Publishers Weekly) from the New York Times best-selling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world’s most resilient creatures - the butterfly - shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.

“[A] glorious and exuberant celebration of these biological flying machines.... Williams takes us on a humorous and beautifully crafted journey.” (The Washington Post

From butterfly gardens to zoo exhibits, these “flying flowers” are one of the few insects we’ve encouraged to infiltrate our lives. Yet, what has drawn us to these creatures in the first place? And what are their lives really like? In this “entertaining look at ‘the world’s favorite insect’” (Booklist, starred review), New York Times best-selling author and science journalist Wendy Williams reveals the inner lives of these delicate creatures, who are far more intelligent and tougher than we give them credit for.

Monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles each year from Canada to Mexico. Other species have learned how to fool ants into taking care of them. Butterflies’ scales are inspiring researchers to create new life-saving medical technology. Williams takes listeners to butterfly habitats across the globe and introduces us to not only various species, but “digs deeply into the lives of both butterflies and [the] scientists” (Science magazine) who have spent decades studying them.

Coupled with years of research and knowledge gained from experts in the field, this accessible “butterfly biography” explores the ancient partnership between these special creatures and humans, and why they continue to fascinate us today. “Informative, thought-provoking,” (BookPage, starred review) and extremely profound, The Language of Butterflies is a “fascinating book [that] will be of interest to anyone who has ever admired a butterfly, and anyone who cares about preserving these stunning creatures” (Library Journal). 

©2020 Wendy Williams (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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Wonderful Book

A fascinating book well read by narrator. Great value and excellent education.. Bought hard copy too.

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Ear bliss

Living history, and beautiful presentation. I had a Morphos when I was small in a case with others until I felt too guilty. My Octopus Guide from then, is still a treasure. Way beyond Insects, urge you to have a listen. And Radio 4 please serialize too : )

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 18-06-20

Informative story

Angela Brazil is an outstanding narrator. Wendy Williams is an excellent author. For people who love butterflies.

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  • Dani L
  • 02-05-21

Awesome adventure

Finished this book in a couple listens. Well researched, engaging and draws attention to the urgent plight of the butterflies. We have a chance to change things, it's up to us to realize and act upon that before it's too late.