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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,583 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Pollan Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Audio Evolution Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have also benefited at least as much from their association with us. So who is really domesticating whom? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen K | 2/20/2014

    " When I checked this audio book out of the library, I wasn't sure how interested I was in the book. I was just looking for anything science related. But once I started listening to it, I was hooked. It meanders a bit, and there is certainly a heavy amount of opinion from the author. But it explores interesting ideas and presents some history of apples, potatoes, tulips, and marijuana. As someone who never did much gardening, it is fascinating to ponder the implications of the domestication of plants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 2/12/2014

    " Mind blowingly good. I consider this the best of Michael Pollan, which is about as good as it gets for this genre. It's main takeawat is that plants domesticate us just as much as we domesticate them. Yay for mutual exploitation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/10/2014

    " Great read and history about plants we take for granted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Knittingshelley | 2/9/2014

    " I may never eat potatoes again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Wheeler | 2/2/2014

    " Amusing, well-written book with lots of trivia that I found very interesting. Learned things about Jonny Appleseed, for example, that no one had ever mentioned before. Best chapter was about apples which are far more fascinating than I thought possible. If you like nature and are interested in gardens and plants, this is a good book. If not, probably too much detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josiah | 1/31/2014

    " A great read about the evolution of agriculture from Johnny Appleseed to Monsanto. I could have done without so much about pot. Pollan spent a lot of time talking about how bad monoculture and cloning are (diseases become stronger, the plants become weaker, etc) but when it comes to weed, those things seem to be good. I'm not sure if he was trying to justify or encourage marijuana usage or cultivation, but that chapter seemed out of place with the overarching message of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/14/2014

    " Not as good as Omnivore's Dilemma but good writing and lots of new information for me at least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/10/2013

    " 4 great storrirs of interspecies interaction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 12/3/2013

    " I learned so much reading this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ai-Ling Louie | 8/26/2013

    " Think of us serving the desire of the tulip to spresad its genes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 8/8/2013

    " Pollan is an excellent science writier (and speaker, if you ever get the pleasure of hearing him in public). After an epiphany in his garden, when he realizes plants are using him rather than vice versa, he dives deeper into the relationship between four diferent plants and humans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 4/6/2013

    " great book to bring respect & understanding of the world's 4 most sought after plants: potato, apple, tulip & cannabis "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily C | 8/11/2012

    " Some interesting thought provoking ideas hidden in a lot of dribble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/26/2012

    " an really great examination of the history of food - at least three key foods that have shaped our lives and our world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Griffiths | 11/1/2011

    " A great read - four simple chapters but Michael Pollan gets a lot of value out of his four examples - four plants, four human desires, and a narrative that ties them all together. This will change the way you relate to plants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie Leffingwell | 9/4/2011

    " I found this book more like a textbook which was not what I expected. It did, however, provide insights by the author which were very interesting in terms of how humans and animals interact with plants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 9/1/2011

    " How plants have influenced human desires - for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control - as shown by the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin | 8/6/2011

    " Made me want to learn more about Johnny Appleseed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Light | 5/16/2011

    " Didn't hang together as a solid book for me - more like 4 short stories. But I was fascinated with each one, so it's ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 5/6/2011

    " I love the history of things as well as people. Michael Pollan does a wonderful job of pulling us through the historical development of four common items. Not for anyone who needs a lot of action in their books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 4/27/2011

    " Such a fascinating read. Essentially the author's premise is that man thinks he controls food, but food controls man, by pandering to our desires. Nice narrative, exciting non-fictional read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 4/22/2011

    " This book provided me a new way to look at the way that humans and plants have interacted throughout history. It was also a good introduction to monoculture and genetically modified foods (GMO). I found the apple and potato sections especially eye opening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/19/2011

    " One of my first books from Michael Pollan. I thought the Omnivores dilema was better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/16/2011

    " Did not enjoy this as much as his other books. Some salient points but a bit dry. Too much usage of Apollo and Dionysus.
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About the Author
Author Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is the author of Food RulesIn Defense of FoodThe Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.