Never Home Alone

From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live
By: Rob Dunn
Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Discover the "fascinating" and surprising science of the creepers, crawlers, wrigglers, and runners that live in our homes (The Washington Post) - and learn why they're essential to our everyday lives.

However domesticated our houses appear, they are wild beyond imagination. Look down in the basement, up in the attic, under the floorboards, and even in the showerhead, and you'll find life everywhere. Biologist Rob Dunn and his team have done it in homes worldwide, and they found nearly 200,000 species!

In Never Home Alone, Dunn introduces us to these tiny tenants and shows us how - in almost every case - they make our lives better, and explains why trying to eradicate the bad ones just makes our lives worse. No one who listens to this engrossing, revelatory, and just plain fun book will look at their home, or the life in it, in the same way again.

A New York Times Book Review's Editor's Choice

"Excellent." (Wall Street Journal)

"You'll love Never Home Alone." (Bustle

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Rob Dunn (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[An] intriguing and captivating scientific detective story...Dunn eloquently observes that many species we find in our homes have value to us." (BookPage)

"Delightfully entertaining and scientifically enlightening... [Dunn] makes a compelling case for the value of biodiversity, while also conveying the excitement of scientific investigation, demonstrating that important discoveries can be made very close to home." (Publishers Weekly)

"Scintillating...In a time of clear-eyed assessment of the environment, Dunn is a voice of reason who should be heartily welcomed." (Booklist, starred review)

What members say
Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    133
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    114
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    123
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very informative and icky

A great book for seeing the universe in our own home. A bit icky and scary knowing we are never alone. Good book. Slowed down near the end.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The most astonishing book I've read this decade!

...and I purchase over 100 books a year. This is truly an AHa! book, that startles, amazes and inspires like none I have read since the Forgotten Pollinators, a couple of decades ago. Each chapter, each story, each new concept provides new insights into our natural world that I had never imagined. I have not written a review for a couple of years, but I just had to chime in about this treasure! I can't imagine anyone reading (listening) to it without coming away with a new understanding of life on our planet. I will buy it in hard cover and pass it on to all my friends that don't listen to audio books.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonders of this planet right under our noses<br />

I loved it! This is well researched and fascinating. It is also well written, keeping the science fun.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

ecology microenvironment put in context

well presented and interesting and this so in a field with a huge lack of information.....bravo

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An endless diversity surrounds us!

I am a curious scientist at heart, and also lazy. This book made enjoying discoveries and revelations easy. I am also scouting microscopes and bread machines. If you are fascinated by your world then this book will feed your need to know.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating!

I haven’t stopped recommending this book and, specifically, this narration The narrator was a perfect actor and oh so professional when having to read bacteria names over and over. Try reading Stachybotrys chartarum over and over...a real pro!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fascinating new perspective

I'd never thought of my life and environment in the perspective offered by this book and all the scientific studies underpinning it, but I will never again forget about the importance of biodiversity to our lives. a must- read if there ever was one!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Interesting but somewhat dull

It was a good story but some of the stories were old news if you know about the last decades progress in microbiology and immunology.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Most Riveting Story on a Micro Scale

I was hooked as soon as the book got into the history of microbiology. The reader of the audio book was excellent, giving a voice to the author as if he was speaking to me at a dinner party full of colleagues. As a wildlife biologist, my studies only included one microbiology class and no entomology (insects). I learned a lot from this book and the part that was most riveting was the studies done on the micro-organisms found within homes. The icing on the cake was that the author lives in Raleigh (I lived there for a good chunk of time), and is a prof. at NC State, my alma mater. This book made me want to simultaneously deep-clean my shower head, make my backyard more wilderness-friendly, make a sour dough bread starter, and get my hands into the earth.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I see the world with a different awareness.

I absolutely loved this! There's so much to discover right under our noses (and even inside our noses).

I'm left with awe of the organisms that inhabit our world and sadness as we, humans, disrupt the balance which could help us thrive and be well.