Gathering Moss

A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.  

Robin Wall Kimmerer's audiobook is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general listeners and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.  

Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her audiobook, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

©2003 Robin Wall Kimmerer (P)2018 Tantor

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Pure lovely, insightful and inspired

This is one of the loveliest books I have listened to or read in a long time. A beautiful and profound discourse between humans and the world we inhabit. I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Soul Stirring

Not only is Robin Wall Kimmerer's writing amazing but she has the loveliest voice I've ever heard in a book narration. Her writing has changed me deeply. I can't even begin to say how but I'm so grateful to have stumbled upon it. Braiding Sweetgrass is just as beautiful too.

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Beyond moss into the balance of nature

It took me a while to get into this book. There is the wonder of the natural world but also the story of the destruction of a way a life that lived in balance with nature. Robin ying yangs back and forth. inviting us to see through her eyes the beauty and awe and harmony that she sees and then, bringing as vividly, the horror she feels at the violence and disrespect with which our culture tears all that beauty and delicate balance apart. I have to say, it was pure pleasure to listen to her speak of the first, nature's intricate ways, and vey hard at times to hear how we, our society,, belief system, and pursuit of gain, is cutting through the very fabric of nature that is there to sustain us. Not just us, as people, of course, but all that is, in this world.

This is very important book with concepts we must come to learn if we want to survive as a species.

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Superb and moving

Highly recommended! This book, though titled Moss, sharpened my appreciation for all nature around me. It's a work of science and beauty. It's wonderful to read a well written book by a scientist -- they are not easy to find in Auduble. The book also deepened my connection with our planet and the need to preserve it, and my ambition to work toward greater human respect for all that we are blessed to have evolved in the midst of. With her background in scientific rigor, her intrepid and tactile outdoor exploration, and her ability to find and explain connections between all things, Robin Wall Kimmerer continues in the tradition of Alexander von Humboldt, the incredible subject of a new book by Andrea Wulf.

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A beautiful and gripping natural history. <br />

I listened straight through on a drive across British Columbia. I was completely pulled in to her story, and loved how she intertwined the lives, gifts, and adaptations of moss with the lives of humanity and other beings. You can hear the passion and emotion of the author in her reading of her own words. Very powerful.

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Good, but not comparable to Braiding Sweetgrass

This was a very good book. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable way to learn about mosses without going out and studying them in nature. However, I was hoping to, but did not, feel the same inspiration that I felt when listening to the author’s previous book: Braiding Sweetgrass, which is one of my favorite books.

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love this book

Such a wonderful writer, love her books. listen to Braiding Sweetgrass also! Wonderful soft voice.

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wow

Poetic, precise, informative and just one of a kind. I'd love to thank the author personally. Leaving a 5 star review is the least I can do.

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May be good, but...

I couldn’t get past the narrator’s slow, too-placid delivery style, one better suited to leading a meditation or bedtime reading to a child. Sorry, if a narrator has almost put me to sleep twice before the end of the first chapter, I’m not going to finish the audiobook. I might give an ebook or physical version a try, though.

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Excellent

Engaging, relaxing,and informative. Her voice is soothing, melodic, and I smiled when she did and felt angry with her. I'd love to pick her brain further.

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  • 06-20-20

Both beautiful and informative

I'm so glad this book was read by the author, I don't imagine anyone could have infused it with the grace and intellect she could.
I real story of connection with this ancient piece of life, its journeys, its ways of being, the growing and yet still very sparse knowledge of its relationships and effects on the rest of our eco system. And all the time infused with the scientific perspective, as well as the heart of a profoundly spiritual woman of nature.
I already loved moss, and listening to this wonderful book has only deepened my appreciation and enhanced my perspective of its beauty.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Robin X

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-20

amazing pioneering book

everyone should read/hear this book. Robin is a gem of a human being. thank you

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  • 03-03-20

a heartful telling of the small world of mosses

If only the stories of science and the world were told in this way by more of us. Robin's place in the world comes through her voice, manner, wisdom and knowledge. She lives and breathes through her words, and I can rely on each one, steadily.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-19

Beautiful, engaging, informative and inspiring

Absolutely brilliant read. Leads the reader into the realm of mosses and the magic they weave within ecosystems.

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  • 05-30-20

Beautiful

Simple, poetic, educational and just the right amount of scientific detail for an easy listen.

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  • 04-07-19

mislead but happily lost

I was expecting a rather dry non-fiction with statistics and cold anthropological focused book. I was expecting a historical recount of moss throughout many cultures and eras. what I got was a wonderful series of personal essays pertaining to mosses, but not really. They were philosophical in nature and I am glad to have heard it in the authors voice for I'm not sure I would have stuck with it long enough to hear the wealth of indigenous wisdom. Now I see mosses in a completely new light. *I* am grateful to the mosses.