Very nice overview of the "bad plant" world. Interesting anecdotes used to illustrate the plants' vices.
Yes. Well written and a very nice overview.
Steady, straightforward and smooth
Not really the type of book that would be easily transferred into film
Nothing. It's not a book that is meant for audio.
The main theme in this book, to me, seems to be quantity over quality. There are endless plants (and fungi) that are described, but the explanations for each one are so short - a lot of them taught me nothing I hadn't already known. I guess if you know exactly nothing about plants you would probably learn more than I did.
She was given a bad book to read, so maybe it's not her fault. Just didn't like anything about this.
This book was very annoying as an audiobook. I should've looked it up on Amazon first to see how the book was laid out. It might be a good book to keep around (in paper form) for reference, but it is ridiculous to put it to audio. It's like listening to an encyclopedia. Encyclopedia's are good books, but you don't sit and read it cover to cover. You refer to it. Why someone decided this should be an audiobook baffles me. I couldn't even listen to half of it...and any of my friends will tell you I am a bit obsessed with plants, so I (of all people) should've loved this book.
Hate to turn people away from a book about plants. If you really want to get the most out of this, buy a paper copy.
The information is interesting if you can stay awake long enough to get to it. This is, in essence, a dictionary. Not a good audible experience!
There were some interesting anecdotes spread throughout the book.
It didn't really increase my interest in the subject matter.
No, she does not.
When narrating the taxonomy, her voice sounded like an automated message.
This is not a book for plant lovers who enjoy celebrating nature by reading sympathetic and personal relationships with flora such as the works of Michael Pollan or "Weeds" by Richard Mabey. It is simply a compilation of brief descriptions of plants that are harmful to people, their economy or pets. The personal and social notes accompanying the often scary facts appear to be more in service of accentuating the shock value than in in elucidating the natural or social history of the plant in question.
On the other hand, It does cover a wide range of plants throughout the word and provides the botanical names for each species, which is very useful if you want to seek more information about the plant. After listening to the audiobook I ordered a hard copy as a reference book, but it's not on my night table.