©2001 by Michael Pollan; (P)2006 by Audio Evolution, LLC
"[Pollan] has a wide-ranging intellect, an eager grasp of evolutionary biology and a subversive streak that helps him to root out some wonderfully counterintuitive points. His prose both shimmers and snaps, and he has a knack for finding perfect quotes in the oddest places....Best of all, Pollan really loves plants." (The New York Times Book Review)
I absolutely loved listening to this book. I learned a lot about things I didn't even know I was interested in (who would've thought potatoes could be so fascinating?) and it left me wanting to research some topics further. It's the kind of book that gives you a lot to think about.
It's not a book about gardening, but it gave me so much newfound respect for plants that I almost want to try growing my own garden, regardless of my history as a plant serial killer.
The writing style is entertaining and easy to follow. I enjoyed the narration.
I loved the way the whole concept! what a fantastic imagination and factual as well. thank you for helping me appreciate the finer points on 'bugs'. Scott Brick was a fine narrator with a comfortable tone.
didnt have a favorite moment.
no, but i did find it fascinating.
it gives an interesting perspective
Michael Pollan has again written a fantastic book. If you think a book about plants would be dull and tedious, think again! This book is nothing if not a fascinating journey about our relationship with plants and how they affect, enrich and sometimes reveal the best and the worst in ourselves.
Scott Brick performance is spot on. He knows when to bring it by injecting the right note, the right emotion in his voice and he also knows how to let the words speak and move us by themselves. I will certainly be looking forward to listening Scott Brick performing with other books.
This book will not disappoint. Michael Pollan knows how to make learning about a somewhat serious subject come alive. It's as much fun as you can have learning. I also highly recommend that you read his other books, especially those about food (A Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma).
Yes, particularly to friends who are gardeners or who have an interest in biology or history.
Plants, People. There, I only needed two!
He's clear. He's not trying to be overly dramatic. I enjoyed listening to it while I was running because it was informative but not overly dramatic, it just went through this interesting history at a steady pace and kept me running at a steady pace.
Plants manipulate humans
I loved the case study approach Pollan took to illustrate greater truths about the interconnectivity between plants and humans.
I loved the scenes in which Pollan was in his own garden exploring what he was learning in his own patch of land.
Do we control what we plant or does it control us?
When I downloaded this book I didnt know what to expect. I usually go for fiction, but when this book came on sale I thought I would give it a shot. It was pretty good. Informative, and steady moving. Over all, OK.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This book was a fascinating botanical history taking four examples from the floral world - apples, tulips, cannabis and potatoes. Each is a good example of man and botany's interaction and how as a species it was developed to what it is today. It is also a warning to us as species become so specific and the DNA downgrades leaving us with the threat of a botanical catastrophe of our own making. A very interesting book.
The humanity, the history of those 4 plants, the sincerity of the author, his curiosity and the general tone of his refined reflections and deep knowledge. The narrator's excellent intonation couples intimately with the text and makes for an easy listen.
The book's whole plan of choosing four plants and digging into the history of their domestication and their corresponding human desires. Pollan is a profound humanist and awakens deep love-of-life thoughts and feelings.
No, but I'm interested in hearing other books he chose.
The intimate relationship between bipeds and plants
My best audiobook yet!
I plan on listening to this book again. This book has enough scientific food for thought that a second listen is a good idea. I definitely enjoyed it enough to listen twice! It was written to entertain in addition to providing a paradigm shift on how we view coevolution of certain plants with humans. Michael Pollan is a great story teller!
The structure of this book reminds me of the way the author set up The Omnivores Dilemma -the story is divided into four sections, each focusing on a different plant (apple, tulip, cannabis, potato), but all with the same purpose of helping us view our human interaction with each from the plant perspective (who's manipulating who?)
Scott Brick has a great speaking voice and tells this story as if it were his own. As I listen, I forget that he is reading a book - it feels more like he is explaining his ideas to me.
You will never look at your plants the same way again!
You don't have to be a botanist to enjoy and benefit from this book - enjoy it!
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