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In Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany, Dr. Catherine Kleier invites us to open our eyes to the phenomenal world of plant life and to the process she calls “Natura Revelata”, the joy of celebrating and learning from the secrets of nature.

As Dr. Kleier shares her knowledge with contagious excitement for her subject, she emphasizes the middle ground: Instead of focusing on cell microbiology or the study of ecosystems and habitats, she stresses the basic biology, function, and the amazing adaptations of the plants we see all around us. Dr. Kleier proposes and establishes that there is pleasure to be found in being able to identify and understand the workings of that tree outside the window.

With almost 400,000 known species and thousands more identified every year, the variety of plant life is almost overwhelming - from the microscopic to the largest organism on Earth. In this course, you will learn about the fascinating adaptations that have allowed plants to thrive in almost every corner of the world and the unique plants that have evolved as a result.

You’ll learn about the latest discoveries regarding plant communication, the myriad ways they manage and shape their own environments, and why botanists are still debating what it really means to be a unique species.

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

©2017 The Great Courses (P)2017 The Teaching Company, LLC

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Needs accompanying documentation and visual aides

This lecture had terrific content and the speaker was lively and thorough, which normally bodes well for an audiobook. Though it is standard that these style of lectures are merely the audio content of a audio/visual presentation, this lecture suffers acutely from the lack of visual aides. From topics of identifying plants from their appearance to the complicated cycle of molecules in a plant's metabolism, several moments require some visual element that is lacking here. The inexcusable part was that they did not even bother with a downloadable PDF to make up for that lack. I feel sorry for the lecturer because she did a terrific job, and the company which published this topic screwed both the professor and the audience out of an enjoyable experience.

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plants with passion

quite enjoyable, very in-depth. sometimes hard without the visuals - but overall a great tour of a topic I knew little about. if you are looking to grow a better tomato - probably not the book for you. if knowing the reason leaves change their color in the fall would be enlightening - you found a winner.

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Documentation PDF?

I agree with others....there should be a documentation PDF along with this. And if it comes out in the future, we should be allowed to download it as well, in the future when it is added.

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I guess I need to see it

Because this is an intro to botany, and I took all my science courses 2 decades ago- I feel it really would have benefitted from an accompanying PDF. Sciencey stuff is easier to understand when you can see it- and if you already know what they are talking about, you probably don't need an intro class. but- it IS what I purchased, an audio lecture. That said, it was way more interesting than the bumper stickers on the freeway. I wish the narrator hadn't tried so hard to be funny. Corny jokes can help make information stick sometimes, so I get the tactic- but it was a LOT of corny jokes, so it diluted the affect. If you're easily annoyed by that stuff, this may not be the way to go.

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Finally, a botany course on Audible!

The author is delightful and brings this course to life with wonderful and interesting facts about the plant world around us. I have been waiting for a course like this! I will be listening to this many times over. More plant courses please! Loved it!

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Wow What An Incredible World

I could not stop listening to Catherine Kleier describing in great detail and enthusiasm her truly fun fact book Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany. Through the authors eyes and knowledgeable tour guided ness I feel I’ve truly ventured out beyond my back yard. I appreciate her calm demeanor yet urgent note when pointing out the huge topic of global warming just to name one . This is one fantastic listen and incredible journey . Thank you Audible for making it possible to have this book in my library for keeps. I will be revisiting chapters I felt especially interested in. Thanks again, wonderful book and delightful author Catherine Kleier, thanks.

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Not excatly what I wanted but it answered question

Easy read, the jokes very bad but good at the same time, I kinda stayed to see what other joke she would make, answered questions I had and some I didnt know I had, gave me a lot of little facts I can throw out at parties and such. will probably give a second listen.

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great listen

informative but the reviews that say some parts need pictures... Now I understand you. and that's it.

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Beautiful lecture

This was a very beautiful lecture. I have a new appreciation and love for plant life.

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Messy, based on endless facts throwing. Missing basic concepts which enable real acquaintance with the "botanical" language.

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  • 12-30-19

felt as though is for children.

full of fluff. a little bit Hollywood. not informative at all. I was hoping to learn

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  • Milda
  • 08-30-19

What's up with the bad jokes...

I am half way through and seriously thinking about stopping here... The bad jokes just keep coming and her snorting at her bad jokes just makes it worse...

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  • natasza
  • 05-23-19

great listen but...

I enjoyed the course very much but for the last lecture which I did not manage to finish. I am from Europe and here there is a general, strong opposition to GMOs. I had a problem with the lecturer`s enthusiasm for GMOs where she herself admits that we need further research in order to fully understand the impact of these organisms on the environment in the broadest sense of the word. I would expect more environmental awarness from a botanist

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  • Jonathan_Butterworth
  • 03-10-19

Informative but irritating

Narrator is way too easily amused & rude at times. I get a sense of small town USA as I do with other titles from "The Great Courses." Instead of Botany I found myself thinking about jocks & nerds then the sheltered, inexperienced world the narrator must inhabit in order to have gained so much knowledge yet so little wisdom.

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  • Jake Dootson-whelan
  • 10-07-20

fantastic introduction to botany

I really enjoyed the listen.. it is good as a guideline when you listen to some of the material in this then go away and research the topics further

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  • Darren
  • 08-13-20

an easy and enjoyable listen.

The narrator was very enthusiastic and easy to listen to. I only got the book as I'm visiting Eden in Cornwall and wanted a little more understanding so I could appreciate the experience, yet this book has made me really interested in botany.

When I actually visited Eden (which I highly recommend) I definitely appreciated the experience much more than I ever could have without reading this book.

My whole world is a richer place now that I understand so much more about it and can see so much more than I could before.

Highly recommended for everyone!

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  • James
  • 05-02-19

A captivating and fun introduction to botany

Great performance from Dr Kleier. very impressive how she keeps your attention yet maintains in-depth knowledge on a topic which has never before been introduced in such a way.
for non academics, this will be a great stepping stone. Horticuturally this book aids in a rounded knowledge.
well recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-20

focused on botany of usa

the lecturer keeps referring to visual, physical things that she is doing in the lecturer, and there is no accompanying pdf with diagrams which is INFURIATING.

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  • Luiza
  • 06-13-19

Amazing introduction

Easy to follow and good content. Learned a lot from this book. Recommended for any one who loves plants and wants to know the science of plants.

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  • Mat
  • 06-27-21

Fantastic

Will need to re-listen, she knows her stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed it, its reinvigorated my love for biology.

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  • Bob Waghorn
  • 03-15-21

Great content, poor delivery

I was disappointed with the quality of the narration. Many times the narrator corrected themselves after making a mistake, which made it difficult to follow. The course was very interesting and of a high quality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-20

FANTASTIC !!

A very interesting and informative listen.
I have read it four times already but keep going back.