The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries From a Secret World (Unabridged)
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 bestseller – 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 read The Hidden Life of Trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
German forester and scientific journalist Peter Wohlleben might change the way you think about trees. Based on decades of research and his own work in forestry management, his book makes a compelling argument that rather than just a conglomeration of trees growing in the same space, forests are basically a society in which trees depend on each other for essentials like food and safety from pests and fire. Apparently, trees actually communicate with each other through chemical signals and their underground root systems, which grow into a tangle Wohlleben puckishly calls the “wood-wide web.” Mike Grady’s British-accented narration reminds us of Sir David Attenborough’s nature-documentary gravitas. Filled with fascinating facts you’ll want to drop into conversation (“Did you know that trees know when a neighbor tree is being eaten by a giraffe and will rush toxic chemicals to their own leaves?”), this is enlightening popular science that’s as easy to enjoy as works from Bill Bryson or Mark Kurlansky.