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Download The Botany of Desire Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Knittingshelley | 2/9/2014

    " I may never eat potatoes again. "

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