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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (642 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fritjof Capra Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN:
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Fritjof Capra's emerging theory of living systems offers a unified view of mind, matter, and life. Over the past 25 years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems. They've developed revolutionary theories that have profound implications, not only for science and philosophy, but also for business, politics, health care, education, and everyday life. Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics, has been at the forefront of this revolution and now, in The Web of Life, he offers a brilliant synthesis of these exciting breakthroughs. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Óscar | 2/14/2014

    " No less than a life-changer for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffery | 1/24/2014

    " Not as poetic as Carl Sagan, but certainly as philosophical and thought-provoking, this book explores the amazing interconnectedness of biology and Earth. Well written and concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa Carlson | 1/20/2014

    " Fritjof Capra, if you're reading this, I want to marry you. You are the smartest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 12/19/2013

    " Some very interesting sections and some not very interesting sections. The chaos theory stuff and equilibrium/feedback reminded me of Jurassic Park. The last chapter and epilogue are brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/16/2013

    " Required text for Systemic Thinking course. Funny to me a it takes a physicist to explain all the various historical schools of thought when it is plain to see all life and the Earth is networked. It will be interesting to read about The Arrow of Time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 12/12/2013

    " The author had many good points, but seemed too limited by his personal ideology. "

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

    " Extremely interesting take on living systems and their connections and evolution. Not really a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glynda-lee Hoffmann | 11/24/2013

    " Dense and complicated, but illuminating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cadugand | 10/20/2013

    " Another Fritjof Capra classic. Thought provoking and very educational for those who like physics and think deeply about our existence and the context of our existence. Like his other work, it can be complex and difficult to follow, but then its not supposed to be a light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliot | 9/24/2013

    " Capra is a master of making the most complex subject accessible as philosophy. Physics, psychology, sociology and spirituality meld and flow around his central theme is living systems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dh Sraddhabandhu | 9/8/2013

    " You have to be concentrated to understand it. But his arguments are plausible and in no way esoteric. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 8/31/2013

    " An intriguing, well-developed and important argument. My mind does not understand physics, however, so at times this was over my head. Also not really into the mushy, spiritual aspects of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paco Nathan | 7/29/2013

    " Well written. Tour de force for many complex points, with excellent storytelling and vital issues. Good intro for autopoiesis and systems theory from Green perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony duncan | 7/10/2013

    " An excellent introduction to understanding biology from a systems perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 6/10/2013

    " Interesting, readable overview of dynamic systems theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drupadi | 5/15/2013

    " treat the world in a more friendly perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/5/2013

    " It changed my life. Not easy reading or for passives that like just story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenaya | 3/24/2013

    " I read this book along side, "The Hidden Connections." Much of the information in the two books are redundant and I felt that each book just helps to deepen the understanding of Systems Theory. Please see my review for, "The Hidden Connections," and apply to this book as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isreal | 3/6/2013

    " I am always bored to tears when I read this, but human understanding is needed in order to understand oneself, so I read this.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathanstray Stray | 5/27/2012

    " Interesting but a bit weak, I thought. It's storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina Ali | 1/20/2012

    " Wonderful Capra, carries his point a little further than in the Dao of Physics. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hobie | 10/14/2011

    " The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems = "This book is about a new scientific understanding of life at all levels of living systems-organisms, social systems, and ecosystems."-Web of Life(First Sentence!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eamon Brown | 9/8/2011

    " "what the bleep do we know" the book...basically "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cait | 5/23/2011

    " Systems thinking; living systems; biology; science - history of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Acid | 1/28/2011

    " this is a great read...highly recommended....acid tong "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffery | 1/2/2011

    " Not as poetic as Carl Sagan, but certainly as philosophical and thought-provoking, this book explores the amazing interconnectedness of biology and Earth. Well written and concise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josep | 9/12/2010

    " En La Trama de la vida Capra nos describe las nuevas teorias científicas sobre la organización de los sistemas vivos. Con una visión integradora abre caminos para el pensamiento interdisciplinario. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seshu | 6/14/2010

    " An excellent view on the emergence of life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amequohi | 3/24/2010

    " Amazing book! Fritjof Capra did an excellent job of outlining in detail the historical and conceptual development of systems thinking. Because of this book, I use systems theory in my theoretical and activist work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 3/9/2010

    " Some very interesting sections and some not very interesting sections. The chaos theory stuff and equilibrium/feedback reminded me of Jurassic Park. The last chapter and epilogue are brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paco | 12/11/2009

    " Well written. Tour de force for many complex points, with excellent storytelling and vital issues. Good intro for autopoiesis and systems theory from Green perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drupadi | 9/18/2009

    " treat the world in a more friendly perspective "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathanstray | 8/21/2009

    " Interesting but a bit weak, I thought. It's storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cait | 7/17/2009

    " Systems thinking; living systems; biology; science - history of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eben | 5/27/2009

    " Masterful! A must for anyone who wants to understand how we think and why? Oh, and then lots of stuff about very complex math’s and systems too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nate | 5/26/2009

    " Pseudo-scientific mysticism. Just enough science (quite a bit, actually; Capra hasn't exactly shirked his research) to make people buy the completely unfounded ludicrous speculation the book spends its length careening towards. I almost shelved this as "fantasy". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 4/23/2009

    " An intriguing, well-developed and important argument. My mind does not understand physics, however, so at times this was over my head. Also not really into the mushy, spiritual aspects of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 4/9/2009

    " Did you know that the earth-- the planet itself-- is an organism? Neither did I. Read this to find out more. "

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About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.