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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Tamed, written and read by Alice Roberts.

The extraordinary story of the species that became our allies.

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter-gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution occurred - our ancestors' interaction with other species changed. They began to tame them. The human population boomed; civilisation began.

In Tamed, Alice Roberts uncovers the deep history of 10 familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat; cattle, potatoes and chickens; rice, maize and horses - and, finally, humans.

She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals and plants, and shows how they became our allies, essential to the survival and success of our own species.

Enlightening, wide-ranging and endlessly fascinating, Tamed encompasses thousands of years of history and archaeology alongside cutting-edge genetics and anthropology. Yet it is also a deeply personal journey that changes how we see ourselves and the species on which we have left our mark.

An Economist and Mail on Sunday Book of the Year 2017.

©2018 Alice Roberts (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A masterpiece of evocative scientific storytelling." (Brian Cox)
"The best popular book on broad-sweep history since Guns, Germs and Steel." (Peter Forbes)

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  • I. A. Wright
  • 03-24-18

Excellent science

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tamed?

Impossible to say. All chapters are fascinating.

Which character – as performed by Alice Roberts – was your favourite?

No separate characters, just Alice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Far too long for a single sitting

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 03-27-18

Social history & science, some interesting tidbits

Would you listen to Tamed again? Why?

Possibly I would return to particular chapters that I specifically found most interesting (more the animal chapters).

What does Alice Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Enthusiasm in her delivery, I would say. Though don't most readers?!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too much to take in, I wanted to pause between each chapter and species.

Any additional comments?

Ten chapters of social history and science - interesting tidbits in there

3.5 stars

This came out last year, but I hadn't heard of it until I saw the Audible version advertised. It sounded like the sort of easy listen that I would enjoy and hopefully learn from, having enjoyed Roberts' television programmes.

It turned out to be a mixed bag. Absolutely fascinating on one hand, but rather long-winded on the other as a listen. The dates and delving do feel quite cumbersome when you are listening, it's hard to hold all the facts in your head as new ones constantly bombard you. But that would be easier on paper, I feel.

I did learn various interesting facts, and just considering how our species has tamed and cleverly used these animals and plants was mind-expanding. From potatoes and rice to dogs and chickens, I found it one of those non-fiction titles that I would quite have liked to see televised.

Alice Roberts herself narrates, which is no bad thing. I knew from her voice and style on TV that she'd be a narrator I would have no trouble listening to, and she was both personable and kept her clear voice light and full of enthusiasm for her subject.

Personally, I think this would be easier to follow and refer back to on paper/as an e-book, but I still picked up a lot of information from the audio version.

With thanks to Nudge Books for the sample Audible copy, provided for an honest review.

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  • Robert Winston
  • 04-15-18

Thought provoking and enlightening

Alice Robert’s beautifully narrates her own book. This book is particularly well written
striking a balance compelling narratives and insightful scientific observations.

Thoroughly researched as you would expect Prof. Roberts tells a series of tales which we should all be aware and familiar with yet often are not. Filled with unexpected surprises and many new gems of information.

Highly enjoyable and highly recommend.