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The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring | [Richard Preston]

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring

The biggest redwood trees are over 1,000 years old, rising more than 35 stories in what's left of the once-vast, ancient redwood forest. Believed to be impossible to ascend, these majestic giants have remained unexplored until recently, when a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists discovered a lost, dangerous, and hauntingly beautiful world high above California.
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Publisher's Summary

Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained: the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. The biggest redwoods are over 1,000 years old, rising more than 35 stories in what's left of the once-vast, ancient redwood forest. Believed to be impossible to ascend, these majestic giants have remained unexplored until recently, when a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists discovered a lost, dangerous, and hauntingly beautiful world high above California.

In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of these young voyagers, who risk everything to explore the redwood canopy, where the massive trees form flying buttresses and cathedral-like structures in the air. They find a vertical Eden of hanging gardens and rare creatures, an untouched paradise where it's possible to stretch hammocks between tree branches and make love 300 feet in the air. But as they move through the treetops suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, these young adventurers know that the smallest mistake can result in a plunge to one's death.

Preston mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to recount the discovery of this amazing world. This is a grand adventure, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, from a master of nonfiction narrative.

©2007 Richard Preston. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Preston's hands-on perspective, suspenseful chronicling of the adventures of these vividly portrayed redwood experts, and glorious descriptions of the tall trees' splendor and ecological significance make for a transfixing read." (Booklist)

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    Ken Boca Raton, FL, United States 12-09-13
    Ken Boca Raton, FL, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nerdiest Book I've Ever Heard"
    Would you try another book from Richard Preston and/or Richard Preston?

    Sure, I love Richard Preston's writing.


    What was most disappointing about Richard Preston’s story?

    This is just a magazine article stretched out to incredible, unnecessary lengths. I still don't know much about the life up in these unexplored canopies, but I know a lot -- much, much more than I want to know -- about the geeks who explored the canopies. Their eating habits, relationships, even how they had sex up in the canopies after getting married up there. Nerdville unleashed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author's voice was somewhat sibilant and dull.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting subject matter, and an unknown one to most people, for sure. Who knew that the canopies of these massive trees, and even the trees themselves, have remained a mystery until a few intrepid people climbed them? Interesting. Learning all about their lives, not so much.

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    Carol H. 12-20-10
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    "So boring"

    Buyer beware - I found this book to be incredibly boring. A more than passing interest in botany might help the listeners level of enjoyment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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