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Last Child in the Woods Audiobook

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and Washington Post contributor Richard Louv is the widely respected author of seven previous books. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv illustrates how the alienation of today's children from nature can lead to a host of childhood disorders - and he offers effective methods for healing this rift.

©2005 Richard Louv; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    Ryan 11-25-15
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    "Amazing content, boring reader!"

    There is no other book in the world like this one! The studies, the stories, they're unsurpassed by any other nature book I've read. Unfortunately this reader has the ability to douse in chloroform even the most interesting of subjects. It took me over 7 months to finish this audiobook because I kept falling asleep to his hypnotic, rhythmic cadence. Read the book, but be warned: he reads like a relaxing robot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 08-01-12
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    "Great until it devolves into religious nonsense."
    What made the experience of listening to Last Child in the Woods the most enjoyable?

    The thorough review of current studies around Nature Deficit Disorder is fascinating. I added more bookmarks to this audiobook than any other I've downloaded.

    It is unfortunate that as the book draws to a close, Louv lays religion on thickly. I was brought up in a Christian community in the deep south. As a kid, I explored nature endlessly and experienced the spiritual awe described in the book.

    As an adult atheist (of the pleasant variety), my sense of awe in nature has only increased. Implying that my experience should in some way be linked to religion or a supernatural deity is just silliness and cheapens an otherwise wonderful book.


    What did you learn from Last Child in the Woods that you would use in your daily life?

    Last Child in the Woods helped to solidify many of my thoughts and feelings that my wife and I have been having. It has inspired us to work harder at converting every scrap of our home into a sustainable, natural setting for our child to enjoy.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    See Reverse 10-14-16
    See Reverse 10-14-16
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    "A Case for Closer Interactions with Nature"
    Where does Last Child in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book isn't especially groundbreaking, but it was enjoyable, and inspiring. This book is definitely in the top 25% of what I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Last Child in the Woods to and why?

    In many ways, this book is a complement to what I've read by Michael Pollan. Where Pollan focuses on the food system, this book approaches nature as a foundational component of our life, learning, and happiness.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Hogan – was your favorite?

    Jon Hogan was a worthy narrator.


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

    This book helped me to reminisce about experiences in my past, and in my childhood. It is definitely a reflective work.


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    alphasaurus 09-02-16
    alphasaurus 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great information/performance but dragged on"

    it felt like the author ran out of content halfway and added semi relevant content.

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    Mandy 06-27-16
    Mandy 06-27-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Required reading but soon turned into more..."
    What made the experience of listening to Last Child in the Woods the most enjoyable?

    I was originally reading this book for my environmental psychology class but I have to say I soon couldn't put it down (which hardly ever happens with required reading books). This book was well written and brings up a lot of interesting thoughts. It pulls you in and makes you question if the things we do to help our children are actually subtly harming them in the long run. It brought up memories from my own childhood and made me reflect on how they have impacted my life and how todays children will never learn some of the lessons we learned when we were younger just by being given the freedom to explore.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this book I would also recommend watching the documentary Play again. It revisits a lot of the same ideas but you see them in action.

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    J. Hackett Charlottesville, Virginia USA 04-11-16
    J. Hackett Charlottesville, Virginia USA 04-11-16
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    "Solid science"

    Lots of important science in here. People should listen.... Our future depends on it!
    Thank you

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    Linda Shaw 12-29-15
    Linda Shaw 12-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "recommend"

    Good information on helping your child find himself in the joy of nature. Good read

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    Lori L Hazel 04-06-15
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    "Everything & More"

    The book put to words my passion for nature that I developed by age 9. It has inspired me to make sure my young family members have a chance to explore the outdoors the same as my parents allowed me.

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    Jonathan L. Lane Silicon Valleyish 12-29-09
    Jonathan L. Lane Silicon Valleyish 12-29-09 Member Since 2014

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    "J Pop"

    Great insight to what is missing from our children.s lives!

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    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 10-14-09
    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 10-14-09
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    "Good Balance"

    Louv does excellent work balancing nature and the built environment. Obviously we have to have home, workplaces and colleges but we also need the natural environment. I don't think there's a problem building cities but as Louv points out there can be better balance between nature and the built environment than we currently have.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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