The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter WohllebenThe Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden…

byPeter WohllebenForeword byJeffrey MassonTranslated byJane Billinghurst

Hardcover | October 31, 2017

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"Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben's The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, feel and know in much the same way as we do--and that their lives are, to them, as precious as ours are to us."—Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields.

Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

In this, his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us—and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about trees. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson ...
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Title:The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden…Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 0.92 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good A really interesting and well sectioned out book about trees that people would not know otherwise. It was also really cool to learn some facts about other studies that there are out there!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a beautiful read for nature lovers A thoughtful and insightful glimpse into the natural world. I think anyone who enjoys the serenity of a walk through the woods will appreciate this.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enlightening if you love nature, you'll love this book. very insightful.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A deep indepth read, makes you look at the whole world differently
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't work for me For some reason this didn't work. It was good and interesting, bit it being overly anecdotal threw me off. I was expecting more science, and maybe that was the reason I just couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This was one of the best books that I've ever read! It changed my point of view more than any other book ever has. I love trees so I think this book was meant for me. Believe me when I say that a walk in the woods will never be the same again...
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I bought this book as I love animals and wanted to learn more about them from another perspective. I found the book to be interesting, full of anecdotes and some scientific studies all of which agree with what I have seen with pets and wildlife.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book This book really makes you see trees in a whole new light - I was impressed! This would be a great gift for nature lovers.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read! I definitely enjoyed this book, although I preferred Wohlleben's other novel, the inner life of animals more. I found it easier to connect with the stories and facts about animals than trees, however the author managed to make trees far more interesting than I would have thought possible. It seemed a little repetitive at times, but overall it kept me intrigued throughout. Also, since reading, I find myself paying more attention to the trees in my urban neighbourhood which was maybe the idea.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read For those wanting to learn more about animals & how they think/act, this book is very insightful and easy to understand
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good/Easy read For those wanting to learn more about how nature around us works, trees specifically, this book is very insightful and easy to understand
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A beautifully written book perfect for any animal lovers
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A beautifully written book perfect for any nature lovers
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This book was amazing! So enlightening and inspiring, the author Peter Wohlleben did an amazing job to capture the interest of the reader, and make you not want to put it down!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Lots of short little anecdotes and interesting facts. I enjoyed learning about such a wide range of animals. Felt like more of a story than a scientific article which I enjoyed.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book I learned so much about trees and their feelings, very spiritual. The writing was beautiful. I will never look at trees the same way again.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago and I'm so glad I did!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool, niche, and illuminating Very well researched and interesting. One of those books that changes the way you look at your surroundings.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hate to Love it I didn't like this at first due to the animated style of writing he chose in order to relate tree life to human life. But after I got past that and just listened to what he was trying to say, there were actually some very cool tidbits of information. Most of the content I learned in forestry college, so it was repetitive, but there were some new ideas and a lot of stuff that was a good refresher for me. So my final review is that I loved the book, couldn't put it down in the end. Open your mind to some new ideas.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Filled with knowledge all animal lovers should have. Written in a funny easy to follow manner.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from lost in translation I bought this book with high expectations, and was let down after the first 3 chapters. I did not finish. The translation from German to English makes it flow awkwardly when reading it. Also it became very repetitive.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I read this book very quickly, it was difficult to put down
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very interesting story and twist!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Absolutely amazing book that opens eyeson trees life!
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Just got this book and can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Change of perspective I really enjoyed this read. I picked it up on a whim and looking back I'm very glad I did. The author uses simple vocabulary that anyone could understand and will really change your mind on how you think of trees
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read, great book I bought this book because of my Botany background. Great read. The author wrote it in very east to read language. This book being printed and bound in Canada is a bonus! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! As an animal lover, I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking De Waal pulled together a great collection of experiments and anecdotes on animal behaviour written with enough scientific analysis to back up the ideas but written in plain enough language that anyone can read and understand. The anecdotes were probably the most amusing to read, but it was great that the experiments were there to support the hypotheses drawn from these events. Perhaps the most interesting was the focus put on the importance of defining intelligence. The classic "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” by Albert Einstein is demonstrated over and over again in failed experiments that succeed once the animal's lifestyle is factored into the equation. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as did my father-in-law who kept stealing it to read it when I left it unattended!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Would definitely recommend to all you animal lovers #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good very interesting, good stuff!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok reading this gave me a different perspective
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Profound I never really thought of trees in that sort of way.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable An endearing insight into our animal counterparts.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Really enjoyed this little read
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read It was almost like a spiritual expression of trees. Very thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing new insights into trees, beautifully written About a year ago I went to hear the author speak at U of T and read the book immediately after, it is such an amazing read. His prose is clear and factual, but retains your attention and captivates your imagination. There are so many things we don't know about trees and this book begins the journey of discovery, wow!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Really easy to follow along. Now I can't stop wondering about the trees around my city.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ok It was okay, but not on my recommendations.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! we are so similar to our animal friends!!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative I have some background in forestry and found this to be a very interesting read. I definitely learned a lot more about trees through this book. It gave me a different perspective of forests and I'm sure on my next walk through the woods I will be a lot more aware of the trees!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Really enjoyed this little read and would definitely recommend :)
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was beautiful! This book illuminated so many of the things about trees and plants that we take for granted and put them in a light that allowed me to see them as thriving social cultures with rich histories and intricate communities. I will never look at trees the same ever again.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Really great perspective on our Oxygen producing friends
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are? Most days I would have to say no. :) Especially after reading some of Trump's tweets! :) But on the most part we are smart enough to know how much we don't know about animal intelligence and behaviour, so I guess that is a step in the right direction.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Nature Read I bought this book based off of a recommendation from another individual. This book changed the way I think about trees, forests, and ecosystems. It is an easy read for all individuals. You do not have to be a scientist to enjoy this book. If someone enjoys nature, hiking, and/or gardening this would be a great book to purchase.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It's definitely worth the read, it changes the way we see and think about trees!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read This book was interesting. I didn't know much about botany but I learned a lot about trees.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different but interesting Makes you look at trees in a whole different way!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read The author does a great job of making the topic of forestry and botany interesting and understandable to a non-specialist audience. Some of the language in some parts is a bit embellished, but overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Imaginative Others may like this book.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Enough It amazes you how you walk by these living beings each day without much thought - this book will rework and revitalize what you understand about your environment and how trees not only provide us with the life necessity of oxygen - but what they mean to each other. A thought provoking read!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a lovely book! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It what an inspiring book, love it and will keep it for many years to re read
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting I enjoyed this book greatly. Although slow at times, it was extremely informative. I found myself reading passages to my friends and family, to let them know about all the incredible things trees can do! It took me a while to get into it, but once I started reading I was not disappointed!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational This book really blew me away. You will appreciate humanity so much more after reading this book.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book everyone should read to get in touch with humanity's relationship with the woods Such a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the minutiae of the forests that so many of us no longer visit. This book explores how the micro and macroscopic ecosystems of the forest interact to produce the subtle things that give us pause for wonder at a subconscious level when we're outdoors in these leafy chapels.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thought it was alright not bad, not my type of book but it was still good
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous This is so jam-packed with amazing information and insight, I actually found my jaw dropping sometimes at how much goes on around us--amongst trees--that we never hear, or see, or necessarily feel. This book is a wonderful reminder that there is so much bigger than us, and so many more important things happening that we might notice if we cared to open our eyes. Despite not having the proper wiring to study science, I find it so incredibly fascinating and this book did not let me down in learning something (many things) new about our gentle giants that work so hard to keep the world beautiful and healthy. If you enjoy Planet Earth or the natural world in general, you'll love how the author seamlessly weaves together the information of this book to feel like a story, and the connection of trees with each other, as well as everything else.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! will keep this forever and re-read it many times to come.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible read Would definitely recommend. A good insight into the life of trees.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an amazing read. You will not be able to look at trees the same after reading this. No one ever takes the time to imagine trees the way Peter Wohlleben has. A little understanding goes a long way, and this book has helped me understand a little better.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I read this book fairly fast as I was trying to get through it before my train ride ended. I thoroughly enjoyed it however, as I have always been interested in similar books on how animals think and feel. This book let me see a side of trees that I've never seen before. It did get boring at times but I actually want to read the book again so that I can soak up all it's interesting information.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good very interesting. a must read.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome I'm a biologist and loved this book. Would recommend for people who are into enviro science #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neat Neat idea, a little odd - probably good if you're more interested in the subject.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting you can get anything published these days
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trees Trees Trees Have you ever wondered whether trees have feelings? What an interesting book full of ideas to ponder. Nature is amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting It was an interesting book!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Honestly, was a nice insight into the things that give us life everyday
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Neat, but not for me If you've ever pondered the thought experiment in which a tree falls in an empty forrest and the sound of its fall is in limbo, Peter Wohlleben's nonfiction might be for you. Quite simply, the sound would be heard, according to Wohlleben, because trees are able to interpret sound and communicate with one another. Not only that, Wohlleben attributes memory and thought to the stationary beings which most of us have long considered non-sentient. This is a book full of revelations about trees and asks the reader (or in my case, listener) to reevaluate their understanding of the woody sentinels. <i>The Hidden Life of Trees</i> is a scientific book that attempts to broaden long held perception and enrich our interactions with forrest. It is also a book that manages to talk about trees for much longer than you would have ever thought possible. Despite my score, this is a good book. It seems well researched, Wohlleben is obviously interested and excited about his field, and it brought to me knowledge I didn't have prior to listening to it. But...trees just aren't my thing. This brought me back to first year biology classes where a month or more was spent elucidating the inner workings of plants. It was one of those fields, of which there were many more to follow, that was nice to know about, but never piqued my interest like the fields of human physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology. So, even though I was pleased with some of the knowledge I took from this book, I can't say that I was really gripped by it. As I took another long commute, I found myself easily losing the thread of the narration when Wohlleben waxed lyrical about a particular species of tree. In short, I spent a lot of time bored with this book. When a novel fact was introduced to me, I thought, <i>Hey, that's kind of neat</i>, and then drifted back into relative boredom. But, there's a pretty good chance that another reader would really be into this one! I mean, just because I don't love learning about trees doesn't mean that you won't find a lot to like here. Certainly, when I take a walk in the woods later today I'll be thinking about how trees have a lot more going on than I would have thought a week ago. With that said, Wohlleben posits morale considerations for trees that I wasn't entirely able to buy by the end of the book. So: if you are really interested in learning more about trees, I'd say go for it! If you're more like me, then I'd probably pass on this one.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a special Book I love this book so much, since it has such a sepctacular message.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! A good read revealing the complexities of plant life that are often over looked or over simplified
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent! I am in love with this book from the first page! Great authors work written the way everyone will understand.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Interesting read. It will make you think differently about the animal world after you read it.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seeing the Forest and the Trees Gave this book for Christmas and ended up getting another copy for myself afterwards. This is a fascinating book that uses science to go beyond the obvious 'facts'. A great companion to Diana Beresford-Kroeger's Arboretum America.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful This book blew me away. There is so much more to trees than we realize and the author masterfully lays out their story and it keeps you wanting to read on.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very I teresting book Make you to start thinking differently about animal world. Highly recommend
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! You will never view trees the same way again after reading this book.
Date published: 2016-12-02