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  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • Written by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
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    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful experience

  • By Linda on 2017-11-16

Amazing Book

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Reviewed: 2019-03-29

This book dazzles with it’s narratives and great wisdom. If you love the natural world and seek a deeper understanding of indigenous ideas, don’t miss this one!

  • Gathering Moss

  • A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
  • Written by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Tribute to Mosses

  • By Doug Gordon on 2019-01-19

Beautiful Tribute to Mosses

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Reviewed: 2019-01-19

This is a fantastic series of essays on moss. Kimmerer brings her mixed Indigenous and Western perspectives to bear on a much overlooked and underestimated plant. She does a great job of narration for her own writing.

  • The Never-Ending Present

  • The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
  • Written by: Michael Barclay
  • Narrated by: George Stroumboulopoulos
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

In the first biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music, but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the band, loved the book!

  • By Susan Visser on 2018-09-18

Well read, outstanding story of a great band

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Reviewed: 2018-09-17

Although I generally don’t read band memoirs, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. George Stroumboulopoulos offers an outstanding reading of the book as someone who knew the band personally. For me the last four chapters which chronicle the end of The Tragically Hip’s story as a band were worth the entire read. The other part I enjoyed, as someone who does not understand the music industry very well, was the background information Michael Barclay provided around various aspects of the business. An enjoyable listen! #Audible1