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The Weather Detective

Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs
Written by: Peter Wohlleben
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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The internationally best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees shows how we can decipher nature's secret signs by studying the weather.

In this first-ever English translation of The Weather Detective, Peter Wohlleben uses his long experience and deep love of nature to help decipher the weather and our local environments in a completely new and compelling way. Analyzing the explanations for everyday questions and mysteries surrounding weather and natural phenomena, he delves into a new and intriguing world of scientific investigation.

At what temperature do bees stay home? Why do southerly winds in winter often bring storms? How can birdsong or flower scents help you tell the time? These are among the many questions Wohlleben poses in his newly translated book. Full of the very latest discoveries, combined with ancient now-forgotten lore, The Weather Detective helps you read nature's secret signs and discover a rich new layer of meaning in the world around you.

©2018 Peter Wohlleben (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Informative on the surface...

Very suficial analysis of the how weather, climate and nature all are continuously interacting. Though it only touches the surface of how to truly read into these signs, which is quite disappointing seeing that it is within the title of the book. The book also hold a very Euro centric focus regarding species that would as a North American reader be able to be enjoy more if there was relations to species in other regions.

The author also seems to have a very misguided opinion of wildlife and how humans not just hunters interact in the natural world. Yes indeed we have patterns of behaviour that impact other species patterns of behaviour but modern science has shown that a science based approach to wild game management has a very positive influence on it's surrounding environment. So the author seems very misguided in his views on harvesting wild game for human consumption.

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  • Traf
  • 2018-11-15

i enjoyed his book about trees. I wanted to know

I wanted to know about the weather. This wasn't really much to do about weather besides the beginning. interesting, but not what I was promised by the title.

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  • mhmorrill
  • 2018-10-14

Where’s the weather?

I enjoyed the general information and the narration was great, but I bought the book for weather information which was limited to the first few chapters. Feel like the name of the book is false-leading.

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  • Lucy Barnett
  • 2019-02-25

Don't bother unless you live in the UK

It would have been good to know that this book is directed to those who live in the UK. If you garden in the USA, forget it.

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  • Kash
  • 2018-09-28

Very little about the weather.

The first chapters are exactly what i was hoping the whole book would be, unfortunately most of the book is not. Having said that, it is full of valuable information and inspirations about nature.

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  • Bschmimo
  • 2019-09-14

Almost exclusively focused on the UK

I did learn a few nuggets of knowledge on animal and plant behavior. I did not learn anything g tangible on weather. More importantly, I would not have purchased if I knew the target audience was the European Gardener (gardening in Germany referenced multiple times throughout the book).

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  • Colette
  • 2019-09-03

A wonderful blend of nature and human society.

Peter Wohlleben, teaches us a way of beautifully blending a way to continue to love our homes and gardens, but to maintain a healthy and sustainable coexistence with nature. Peter discuses topics which, show ways to sharpen our natural born senses, allowing us to be more sharply attuned to the natural world, and to use wise practices at home that consider and sustain the natural environment.
I highly recommend this book. It is easy to listen to not only because of the gentle tones of Nicholas Guy Smith’s voice, but, the writing is very accessible.

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  • Diana Golding
  • 2019-07-19

Absolute an amazing about natures life.

I recommend this book any body who really wants to learn about it's nature an it's simple truth , scientific ,spiritual discipline ,how it education us. So far one of my favorites of his .