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Publisher's Summary

A forester's fascinating stories backed by the latest scientific research illustrate how trees nurture and talk to each other. Are trees social beings?

In this international best seller - which has sold more than 320,000 copies in Germany alone - forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.

Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After you have heard The Hidden Life of Trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

©2016 Peter Wohlleben. Published by arrangement with Black Inc. (P)2016 HarperCollins Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)
"In this spirited exploration, [Wohlleben] guarantees that readers will never look at these life forms in quite the same way again." (Library Journal)

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A wonderful insight into trees Hidden lives

What did you love best about The Hidden Life of Trees?

The deliverance of the extraordinary ways that trees actually exist

What did you like best about this story?

How interconnected trees and all of life are, how essential to existence of all living beings on this planet every being is

Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favorite?

Ahhhhh...Mike Grady

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were many ah-ha moments listening to this book

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  • Aiste
  • 11-23-16

AMAZING book!!

An incredible book about trees, their life and communication with surroundings. Makes you feel as if you're in a fairytale :) Loooooved it!!!!

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  • Joyann
  • 04-25-17

Hidden Life of Trees

This was a bit of a snooze fest for me. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere it really doesn't relate. It's mainly anecdotal evidence. Still enlightening as to the damage we inflict on living organisms.

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  • Inge Buchanan
  • 02-24-17

Loved it

A wonderful introduction to trees, told as an story. I learned so much, highly recommend.

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  • Kussi
  • 01-28-17

fantastic! informative and entertaining.

great book, learned many new things. all facts are backed up with with the author's experience and scientific studies.

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  • Beau'n'steve
  • 03-20-17

mind opening!

Would you listen to The Hidden Life of Trees again? Why?

i'd definitely listen again. this title is full of fascinating concepts and information, while it is easy to listen to, a second read would help it all sink in a lot better.

What other book might you compare The Hidden Life of Trees to, and why?

i'd compare it to 'The Botany of Desire' by Michel Polan. one, in that it is botanical and two it's full of surprising concepts, id also liken it to 'The Triumph of Seeds' - i forget the author, but comparing for the same reasons.

Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favourite?

haha, no characters as such, but i think my favorite tree is now Betula Papyrifera

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

absolutely, the chapter 'Street Kids' made me feel deeply saddened about all those amenity trees ive installed. its reallt made me think more deeply about my industry.

Any additional comments?

an excellent book, if you like gardening, horticulture, ecology etc, you'll enjoy this.

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