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Earth Moved Audiobook

Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

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Publisher's Summary

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

Inspired by Darwin, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure. Witty, offbeat, charming, and ever curious, she unearths the complex web of life beneath our feet and investigates the role earthworms play in cutting-edge science—from toxic cleanups to the study of regeneration.

©2004 Original material © 2004 Amy Stewart. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2012 (p) 2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“Stewart’s fascination with her subject is infectious, her writing as simple and sleek as the earthworm itself.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Using Darwin’s research as a starting point, [Stewart] delves into their incredible abilities and offers useful tips for the green thumbs in her audience.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible.” (The New York Times)

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    Rob Handel 06-30-17
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    "Excellent"

    The content of the book was excellent. I didn't realize how complex earthworms were and just how big a role they play in their environments. Like Ms. Stewart's other books, this was excellently researched and easy and fun to listen to. Other than the corny Australian accent that the narrator put on at points where Australians were supposed to be speaking, her narration was excellent

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    A. Hill Rocky Mountains 04-25-17
    A. Hill Rocky Mountains 04-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "If you like worms ..."

    ... or even if you don't, this book is likely to fascinate you. Centering her account on her own practical experiences cultivating earthworms for her garden and intellectually on Charles Darwin's remarkable experiments with these little creatures, Amy Stewart has written a literate and engaging book. filled with useful information. I listened to it while working in my own garden, which certainly enhanced my appreciation, but one doesn't have to be a gardener to enjoy Ms. Stewart's infectious enthusiasm and to admire her impressive expertise. I recommend the book unreservedly.

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    Andrea Robinson 04-20-17
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    "A Surprisingly Fascinating Topic"

    While not a subject one would expect to be interesting to the casual listener, this book is well written and well presented. This makes for a compelling and enjoyable experience.

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    Jennifer 01-02-17
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    "Nice book, but dragged at the end"

    Narration great, but the book could have wrapped up towards the end. Will probably not relisten.

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    Bruce 12-21-16
    Bruce 12-21-16
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    "Great read on unsung heroes underground"

    I cannot help but admire the author's passion for the subterranean wigglers. It was great learning about the giant worms in Australia. I visited the warm museum down under long time ago, which the book covered quite extensively. It was fascinating to know the behind-the-scenes stories about building of that museum. The meticulous ways the author keep her worms also won my admiration. There's something noble about people who dedicate themselves to things that many others consider to be totally insignificant or even repulsive. Many thanks to the author and the performer for the edifying journey.

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    Patricia Ferrer Delray Beach, Florida USA 11-08-16
    Patricia Ferrer Delray Beach, Florida USA 11-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "learn about the importance of worms"

    fun, updated information on the need for worms in our soil. will make you appreciate these little creatures.

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    Daniel 11-11-16
    Daniel 11-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad"

    Struggled through this one a little. I liked the science and interesting facts, but the author's journey to get them had my mind wandering at times.

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    samuel 10-20-16
    samuel 10-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "You never new the world under your feet till now."

    The book was a good read and gave me some ideas about the humbleness of the blind worker and was very interesting to hear
    how long there grasp is on our world now I look at by back yard and think...
    There is a world I do not see until now.

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    John MacAulay 10-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Worms unearthed"
    Where does Earth Moved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As much as you ever needed to know about earth worms and then some. I kept listening though, because it had a story that I was interested in hearing about.


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    The Kindler 10-04-16
    The Kindler 10-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Worms are Amazing"

    I am a gardener and have always understood the importance of worms but I got so much out of this book. Amy brings the skill and fortitude of worms front and center. Details about them. what they do to the earth, and how important they are to crops. Surprisingly one of my favorite books and I recommend to gardeners and anyone else with the slightest amount of interest in worms.

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    "Amazing!!"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book! It has definitely made me appreciate our fellow earthlings beneath our feet. I can't wait to get my own little worm bin up and running!! Thankyou :)

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