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The Secret Wisdom of Nature

Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things; Stories from Science and Observation (The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy, Book 3)
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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The final audiobook in the Mysteries of Nature trilogy by the New York Times best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben.

Nature is full of surprises - deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain - but what are the processes that drive these incredible phenomena? And why do they matter?

In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, master storyteller and international sensation Peter Wohlleben takes listeners on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants and answers such questions as "How do they influence each other?", "Do lifeforms communicate across species boundaries?", and "What happens when this finely tuned system gets out of sync?".

By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and recounting his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world's most famous foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes.

©2019 Peter Wohlleben (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Nate
  • 2019-06-20

Well - He doesn't quite understand the way, Yet

I like this book and enjoyed it. But it will be pushed aside by those he wishes to speek to and miss understood by the general public. Just as with his tree book, He hasn't quite grasped "it" yet and may benefit from growth. I say this because I sense a prejudice or a hard headedness within him, towards the human condition. He seems to be pleistocenian, as he very clearly believes that pre-human or no-human ecosystems are the "right ones" and that humans inevitably destroy their environment. This of course is not true as humans are nature and members of earth's family, although we are currently not her favorite children... This reminds me of something from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer a former professor of mine, her book came out long after I was in class. An anecdote from that book and by no means what that book is about is, When a group of young school kids where asked how humans hurt the earth, they had lots a good answers about how people destroy her but when kids where asked how humans can help the earth they had no answers. I hope he leaves Europe and western thinking behind him to look for the those with deep knowledge. These people are few and far between in the scientific world - in which I live and work but these voices can be found. I agree with most everything in the book and I know that as land managers age and are replaced with younger folks, a more holistic approach to forestry will be achieved. An issue not entirely described well in this book (I am less familiar with German forestry) but I fear that invasive insects and pathogens are a far greater menace than he lets on, I prey that Germany is not facing the scale of this issue as New York is... I look forward to his future work and I hope that criticism causes growth and not a entrenchment.

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  • A Teacher
  • 2019-07-13

Very important message

I listened to all 3 books with my son and we both learned or re-learned a lot. This is overall a wonderful book series and is perfect as a trilogy. We found it a let down that the narration of the last book is so sleepy. It seems that the narrator is constantly suppressing his yawning. Which made me yawn several times and also made me fall almost asleep while driving. So, don’t listen to this book and drive. I recommend to the narrator to get more sleep, and to the author to stick with the narrators of book 1 (secret life of trees) and book 2 (secret love few of animals). They were perfect in every way. Overall, I am very impressed with this trilogy. A beautiful message to our young.

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  • AR
  • 2019-06-08

As delightful as "The Hidden Life of Trees"

After completing the Mysteries of Nature trilogy, this book is a great finish. It's as well-researched, fun and mind-blowing as HLoT. It deepened my understanding of and appreciation for forests. It works well as a stand-alone or to fortify knowledge gained from Wohlleben's previous book. 5/5!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-21

Good book, horrible narrator

The subject matter is interesting. The narrator ruins the whole thing, coupled with extremely low recording level this book is a hard listen. I know this is probably really picky but this guy's pronunciation of the letter S is so sharp it feels like someone has poked a sharp object in your ear.

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