We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Hidden Life of Trees Audiobook

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

Regular Price:$14.34
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben puts groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language everyone can relate to.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware.

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown lives of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that ecofriendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

After a walk through the woods with Wohlleben, you'll never look at trees the same way again.

©2015, 2016 Ludwig Verlag, Munich, part of the Random House GmbH publishing group. Jane Billinghurst. Tim Flannery. “Note from a Forest Scientist” by Dr. Suzanne Simard. (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news long known to biologists that trees in the forest are social beings." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (706 )
5 star
 (512)
4 star
 (134)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.6 (617 )
5 star
 (448)
4 star
 (112)
3 star
 (48)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.7 (623 )
5 star
 (473)
4 star
 (110)
3 star
 (31)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Stuart 10-03-16
    Stuart 10-03-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Revealing the Wonders of the Forest"

    A beautiful account of the authors observations and findings on the very social lives of trees. The findings are intuitive and make sense when you step into a forest. You can feel the truth of it in how comforting a healthy, undisturbed forest feels to be in. Yet it is fascinating to learn the intricacies and details of how trees live, love, and learn together. The forest certainly is more than the sum of its parts. Beautifully and fittingly narrated as well I might add.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ButtonButterbee 11-03-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Do you breathe? Read this book."
    Would you listen to The Hidden Life of Trees again? Why?

    I will listen to it or read it again. It taught me so much about what's happening beyond the seemingly static outside of a tree. It helped me understand how vital, lively, and utterly necessary a healthy forest is. This book is something every school kid should have on their reading list.

    Did you know that trees have a nervous system? That they strategically plan their growth? Help and support their family and neighbors? Most trees have the equivalent of brains in their roots. I saw a video of a tree getting transplanted by a giant spading machine the other day. I'd seen it once before and thought how cool it was that the tree's life was spared. Now I understand it got the equivalent of a lobotomy and a severely shortened life. This book will change your understanding of the world in a gentle and engaging way.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaysi12 10-01-16
    Kaysi12 10-01-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    123
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Transformative book"

    This book has changed how I will see forests and trees forever. I have always felt restored by walks in the woods but now I have a glimpse into the complexities of forest that produce those feelings of serenity and of being transported to a different level of perception and being. Some books describe the science of nature; others the poetry of nature; but this book captures both in a wonderful illumination of forests.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    brian 01-05-17
    brian 01-05-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    118
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Eye Opening "

    One of the most enjoyable and listenable non-fiction (other than The Great Lectures) books I've come come across on Audible. I learned a lot about a subject that has been revolutionized recently.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janning Tijeras, NM, United States 12-26-16
    Janning Tijeras, NM, United States 12-26-16 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "As I suspected all along..."

    Trees are beings. We may not understand them very well yet, but that speaks to our historically human-centric approach to the world. The central chapters of the book were, for me, elementary in their approach to plants and their interaction with soil, water, and insects, because I have an advanced degree in plant sciences, but it would be understandable by anyone even without any science background. However Wohllehben's overall message of the need and the reasons to preserve forests as valuable environments is eloquent.

    The best parts of the book, for me, are the early and the final chapters where the author makes an excellent case for his premise that trees do communicate among themselves and that we have so much yet to learn about the natural world. He also explains in beautiful prose why he loves trees and forests. I share his passion and hope that this book with introduce it to a wider audience. We would all be the wiser for it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd Randall Kaiser 10-21-16 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    136
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing revelations"

    I have spent many years in the woods and always sensed something greater than what I saw was happening. Now I'm beginning to understand what it is
    Thank you for this book

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ella Ann 10-05-16
    Ella Ann 10-05-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Forest is Alive and Sentient"

    I loved this book. I grew up in an umtimbered forest and experienced the magic of a forest first hand.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    beth merritt 09-21-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Delightful!"

    A bit long winded at times, but absolutely delightful! A nice blend of science and wonder!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Happy Woman 01-10-17
    Happy Woman 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Should be named The Amazing Hidden Life of Trees"

    So much is going on in and between trees and the environment & ecosystems. This audiobook gets in depth for many instances of amazingness - Trees support of and battles with one another, how trees can increase fish populations, the roles of trees throughout their lifespans. Sometimes this book seems to be an "all hail the mighty Beech" and sometimes limited to the battle between beeches & oaks. Still a wonderful listen where you'll learn to see and experience Trees differently.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melissa MI USA 12-10-16
    Melissa MI USA 12-10-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "trees is a great story"

    this is a great book that tells a wonderful story about the lives of trees and the workings of the forest system

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Amazon Customer
    10/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well worth a listen"

    Really interesting and offers an opportunity to understand trees in a completely new light. Essentially as creatures themselves. Same bloke narrating as for Richard Forteys 'Wood for the Trees' so good tone and pace. Only snag as with all audiobooks is that you can't see the references to the scientific literature that is cited but a really nice listen nevertheless. Set up your hammock and enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Renata
    5/4/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing book, highly recommend."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hidden Life of Trees the most enjoyable?

    Loved this book. Learned a lot. It's really well written, very interestingly too, full of great facts. I've learned lots of things I had no idea about. Loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Marriott
    London
    3/5/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating!"

    You'll never look at trees in the same way again. A remarkable insight into a whole new world of discoveries narrated in a way that will keep you hooked throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Every chapter is a delight"

    Each chapter of this wonderful book contains fascinating and startling ideas and insights into the lives of trees and forests. It is wise, compassionate and beautifully written. This audible version is read clearly and precisely and with a real engagement on the part of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Mcgovern
    11/28/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great. If a little too enthusiastic!"

    What fantastic insights. I will never look at trees in the same way again. The only negative is that Wohlleben gets a little too enthusiastic about his trees and personifies them too much which spoils the effect here and there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    11/8/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The beauty of trees"

    Will never look at trees as just firewood again!! Have read this Over and over and have now purchased more to create a small wood for the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.