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Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides to shut down their senses and stumble through each day in an oblivious bubble, and yet some people end up having much richer experiences than others. In this guidebook, natural navigator Tristan Gooley strives to reawaken our senses to help us understand and deepen our personal experience of nature.

His message is to connect - however we can and to whatever draws us in. Some listeners will find they have a knack for predicting rain or, after 10 minutes of trying to draw a tree, that they will never look at trees the same way again. For others, the landscape will come to life once they see everything from butterflies to bears as locked in a Darwinian struggle for survival.

By pairing his philosophy - that there's much more to nature than meets the eye if we know where and how to look - with 15 simple get-out-the-door exercises, Gooley invites listeners who have shared his previous adventures to go out and make their own discoveries.

©2017 Tristan Gooley (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A fool sees not the same tree a wise man sees

So I've been too lazy to actually do all the exercises in this book, but as I walk and kayak I've wanted to understand and connect more with my surroundings. This book is for just that purpose: to enrich our observation and relation with what's happening all around us in Nature. He's a good teacher and has wonderful explanations that make you look at the world in a new way. But he also celebrates the power of nature to build bonds. It's been weeks since I've read this book, but working outside with my son today, it provoked a good talk about figuring out our directions based on the various signs around us--and just seeing made our whole experience richer. It reminds me of how Blake said, "a fool sees not the same tree as a wise man sees."

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Can't be beat!

If you're into reading nature at all this guy is the best. I have read a couple books and this quick listen was spectacular. The narrator read it well, too. I only wish there were more of his works on here.

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Too much literary language, not enough teaching material.

Lots of words, but not enough about reading nature. Example: I need 15 words to write this review before it’s excepted. The quantity of words does not add to the review.

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Practical

I have been working nature based mental health activities into my practice for some two decades. This was a nice work that gave me some traditional insights into reading nature. Good listen if you are in to new nature based learning experiences.

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beautiful narrative

some people say it's too out there or not practical enough and I think that

1) the whole point is to give a guide to make it your own
2) inspire you to feel nature fully
3) inspire you to open up and connect with nature when the opportunity presents itself

a nice narrative that has a feel-good tone that really stands out

thank you for writing it

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an easy first step intobthe world of the outdoors

This book provides An easy 1st step into the world of the outdoors. It is scattered with gems that even the most entrenched naturalist may find interesting and at best it might spark their child's mind. The tenderfoot will find this a quick and enjoyable listen; allowing them to pick a vein of nature in which they will, no doubt, explore a)endlessly for the rest of their days.

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Enjoyed what was there.

I enjoyed the book and it is clear that Gooley knows his stuff, which is why the thing seemed a little meatless, on the whole. It reads like a thesis that would be an excellent introduction to a book titled "How to"... it seemed more of a "Why to" than a "How to".

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Perfect for long drives

I frequently listen to this audiobook in the car. And every time I listen, I pick up something new that encourages me to slow down and appreciate my surroundings and our world. I’ve given this book many times as gifts. It’s a perfect length.

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Few specifics

This book spends more time talking about our ignorance of nature and encouraging you to pay attention to it then giving you specifics. The specifics lie only in examples sprinkled throughout.

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This is an Excellent Book & Highly Recommend It

This Book & Any Book by Tristan Gooley are Phenomenally Written & Very Informative. I have always believed that to many people use electronics as there guide while being in the woods. what happens when the GPS or phone fails and you trusted it to get you in and out of the woods? More people need to know how to read nature & use nature as their guide.