The Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—discoveries From A Secret World by Peter WohllebenThe Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—discoveries From A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—discoveries From A Secret…

byPeter WohllebenForeword byTim FlanneryTranslated byJane Billinghurst

Hardcover | September 13, 2016

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The first book in New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben’s The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, The Inner Life of Animals, and the third book, The Secret Wisdom of Nature, are available now.

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, 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 learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard
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.Tim Flannery is a scientist,...
Title:The Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—discoveries From A Secret…Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 7.5 × 5.3 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 5.3 × 1.2 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771642483

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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 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 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 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 nature lovers
Date published: 2018-02-16
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 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 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 Profound I never really thought of trees in that sort of way.
Date published: 2017-11-06
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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Editorial 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."—Sally McGrane, The New York Times“This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods”—Publishers Weekly"If you read this book, I believe that forests will become magical places for you, too."—Tim Flannery"In this spirited exploration, [Wohlleben] guarantees that readers will never look at these life forms in quite the same way again."—Library Journal"A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you joyously acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being."—Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide"Soon after we begin to recognize trees for what they are — gigantic beings thriving against incredible odds for hundreds of years — we naturally come to ask, 'How do they do it?' This charming book tells how — not as a lecture, more like a warm conversation with a favorite friend."—Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl"A powerful reminder to slow down and tune into the language of nature."—Rachel Sussman, author of The Oldest Living Things in the World"Charming, provocative, fascinating. In the tradition of Jean-Henri Fabre and other great naturalist story-tellers, Wohlleben relates imaginative, enthralling tales of ecology."—David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen, Pulitzer finalist"Wohlleben’s book is at once romantic and scientific, beautifully articulating his personal relationship with the trees he has dedicated his life to. His view of the forest calls on us all to reevaluate our relationships with the plant world."—Daniel Chamovitz, PhD, author of What a Plant Knows"With colorful and engaging descriptions of little-known phenomena in our natural world, Wohlleben helps readers appreciate the exciting processes at work in the forests around them."—Dr. Richard Karban, University of California, Davis, author of Plant Sensing and Communication"You will never look at a tree the same way after reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, which reveals the mind-boggling properties and behavior of these terrestrial giants. Read this electrifying book, then go out and hug a tree — with admiration and gratitude."—David Suzuki