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    • The Tangled Tree

    • A Radical New History of Life
    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection - a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quammen at his usual best

    • By JohnS on 08-23-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Spillover

    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story with a few slow moments

    • By K on 05-11-14

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Ebola

    • The Natural and Human History of a Deadly
    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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    In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola's elusive host animal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Concentrated and accessible

    • By S. Yates on 03-23-18
    • The Natural and Human History of a Deadly
    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 12-29-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 65 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Song of the Dodo

    • Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
    • By: David Quammen
    • Length: 27 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message - a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries.  

    Regular price: $33.07

    • Monster of God

    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above - so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, shame about the performance

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin

    • Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution
    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
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    In September 1838, a young Englishman named Charles Darwin hit upon the idea that "natural selection" among competing individuals would lead to wondrous adaptations and species diversity. Twenty-one years passed between that epiphany and publication of On the Origin of Species. The human drama and scientific controversy of that time constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that illuminates this cautious naturalist who sparked an intellectual revolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Darwin portrait.

    • By J B Tipton on 11-06-07

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Soul of Viktor Tronko

    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Soviet agent Viktor Tronko defected to the US in 1964, he made two intriguing claims: he insisted that Russia had not placed a mole inside the CIA, and that Lee Harvey Oswald had not been recruited to assassinate the president. Convinced that Tronko was working as a disinformation agent, the CIA furiously did everything they could to break him. But Tronko had one more surprise for them: he refused to break.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • horrible

    • By Michael Snyder on 03-09-19

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Tangled Tree

    • A Radical New History of Life
    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Our understanding of the ‘tree of life’, with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed. This book is about a new method of telling the story of life on earth - through molecular phylogenetics. It involves a fairly simple method - the reading of the deep history of life by looking at the variation in protein molecules found in living organisms. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection.

    Regular price: $15.81