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Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms | [Amy Stewart]

Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?
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Publisher's Summary

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

Inspired by Darwin, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure. Witty, offbeat, charming, and ever curious, she unearths the complex web of life beneath our feet and investigates the role earthworms play in cutting-edge science—from toxic cleanups to the study of regeneration.

©2004 Original material © 2004 Amy Stewart. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2012 (p) 2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“Stewart’s fascination with her subject is infectious, her writing as simple and sleek as the earthworm itself.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Using Darwin’s research as a starting point, [Stewart] delves into their incredible abilities and offers useful tips for the green thumbs in her audience.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible.” (The New York Times)

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    D. Littman OH 05-25-12
    D. Littman OH 05-25-12 Member Since 2003

    history buff

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    "very interesting, very peculiar popular science"

    Fascinating little book. A nice between-serious history (or long novels) books type of volume. You will learn alot about a peculiar corner of the wild world, that is about worms, the science of worms (what little is known on the subject). It is not a gross exposition. The writer and the narrator combine to make the book interesting.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cristy east wenatchee, wa, United States 04-19-12
    Cristy east wenatchee, wa, United States 04-19-12

    I'm boring. You don't want to know anything about me.

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    "Amazing and Exciting presentation of worms"
    Would you listen to Earth Moved again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this again. It's absolutely fascinating. I have learned a lot and have a new perspective on worms!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very personal so I felt connected to the author, Darwin, and the other people (including the worm people and by that I mean worms as people). Considering I have ADHD and it's hard for me to sit still I didn't want to leave or stop the book because it was presented in this way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all very fascinating although I did enjoy hearing about Darwin and the Authors love of the worm.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me extremely happy. I'm glad I'm not the only animal nut. I say animal nut because it is hard to find people who think about animals on this level. I appreciated the extreme consideration and detail to attention given to the worm in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of beneficial information and a good perspective given on the worm. It takes someone who has spent a lot of time on a subject and has a passion for understanding the intercate details. The author did an absolutely amazing job of showing me both. This makes me confident the knowledge she is passing on is well informed and has nothing but the best intentions. This is not to mention I spent some time looking up facts for myself.
    Great job Amy Stewart!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 04-17-14
    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.

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    "I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Moved to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure because I have not see the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Moved?

    Being an organic gardener with an interest in looking at the garden as whole. I found the info about the worms lives and different types of worms very interesting.


    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it in all one sitting. Mostly because I listen to most books that way. It was by no means a page turner, but it was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to any gardener. I have read wicked plants, wicked bugs, and the drunken botanist. Out of all the Amy Stewart books I have read this was my favorite. The information is helpful and interesting. It also tends to turn away from her normal writing style which often sounds like she just took an encyclopedia and reworked it into her own book. This book gives you some more hands on info and a diverse look at the different kinds of worms and how they make an impact on various environments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gilbert Clarence Center, NY, USA 05-14-14
    Gilbert Clarence Center, NY, USA 05-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Worms!"
    What did you love best about Earth Moved?

    The information on how the earthworms help us, as well as the problems that they can cause.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    I hungered for more, but was satisfied with what i got.


    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion that can be conveyed from another person's understanding of what is written.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It seems to me to have a lot of hero worship for Darwin, even though there is a startling lack of research for this field, in comparison of other fields of study...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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