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Author: Amy Stewart Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452672847
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Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly.

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, bestselling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

Stewart renders a vivid portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten, and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Culling legend and citing science, Stewart’s fact-filled, A–Z compendium of nature’s worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants.”

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  • Culling legend and citing science, Stewart's fact-filled, AZ compendium of nature's worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants. Booklist
  • “Author Stewart presents an alphabetical compendium of hazardous plants…while incorporating pop culture, medicine, mythology, history, legalities, and botanical facts. The text is highly intriguing…Reader Coleen Marlo is excellent and recites the botanical lingo with ease. Recommended to lovers of fascinating trivia, history, botany, and horticulture.”

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  • “Marlo has a wonderful rich voice, plenty of energy, and an occasional appropriate ‘gee, golly’ note for the amazing historical stories relating to deadly plants…Amy Stewart compiles an alphabetical listing of poisonous plants that run the gamut from causing a rash to bringing on quick death from a single berry… If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking about a wonderful narrator—‘I could listen to her read the dictionary’—here’s your chance.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/17/2014

    " Well-presented, and held my attention, though slightly repetitious; hearing about plants that are ruining whole ecosystems (kudzu, etc.) proved somewhat of a downer for me. That having been said, I'm looking forward to reading Sullivan's how-to/memoir: From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 1/31/2014

    " This book was fascinating, entertaining, and informative. I had no idea that some of the plants in this book were dangerous. I now will be looking at other books on plants to see if I can build on this knowledge. For people who hike or have pets or just like to garden this book is a good first step determining plants that you may not wish to plant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 1/30/2014

    " In case anyone sought natural causes of death based on herbal remedies, this is the book for you. A fascinating history regarding various herbs and how they have killed people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 1/26/2014

    " This is the second book of Ms. Stewart's I've read, and they are absolutely breathtaking in their detail...and alarming, too. Great stuff. Off to see what else this author has for me to devour! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeeAnn | 1/24/2014

    " Amazed at some of the plants included in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/20/2014

    " It's fascinating, want to find some of these for my garden! Lots of stories about people stupidly eating stuff, one woman came to the ER every fall, sick and disoriented, docs finally figured out she was eating deadly nightshade berries. How did she never make the connection? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libtechgurugoddess | 1/15/2014

    " Fun! All these everyday house and popular yard plants are deadly. After reading this book, I kept noticing all these poisonous plants wherever I went. "Look, Brent, that one can kill! Isn't it lovely?" (Okay, I'm a bit macabre, but what do you expect from someone who adores Edward Gorey and Bizarro?) It's fascinating to think that someone sometime tested whether a particular plant was safe to eat or not. The illustrations in this book are amazing (2 different illustrators; one painstakingly accurate and lovely, and one horrifyingly Charles-Addams-esque, so quite grotesque and ghastly). The details of the making of the book are most interesting as well, using copperplate etchings and a lovely poison-green engraved cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/12/2014

    " Very entertaining and informative. I really enjoyed Stewart's writing style and the layout of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 12/11/2013

    " A really unique book. Probably 3-star quality, but it gets an extra star for originality and impressive illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/3/2013

    " Approachable reading and very informative; I know next to nothing about plants but now I know that many of the common plants I see in homes are actually quite toxic. This book could have also been called, "Wicked Plants: Just Don't EAT that". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/3/2013

    " It was an interesting book, but too general. According to this book, nearly everything has something dangerous in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/18/2013

    " It is what you'd expect, tiny snippets of information on plants that can harm in a great variety of ways. I would have preferred fewer plant listings with more comprehensive info on the ones that were more interesting and /or more common. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/13/2013

    " Very interesting, well-written, a little sensationalist at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/10/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this book. I loved the way it was set up, and I found it very interesting. This is a book I would love to own as a reference as well, although the one I read was from the library. Great book, highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 8/22/2013

    " Somehow I feel as though this book makes me a slightly more dangerous woman, a bit of a femme fatale. I highly recommend it to those who never want to take a leisurely walk in the woods without the fear of accidental paralysis. Excellent!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mylinda | 8/12/2013

    " Cute book on different poisonous plants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 6/3/2013

    " Excellent book! I enjoyed this as much as I did her other book, Wicked Bugs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/24/2013

    " I liked the aesthetics of this book. The size, smell and pages were really nice. The etchings and drawings were wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jensownzoo | 3/21/2013

    " The author outlines the more dangerous or "wicked" plants of the world, including some commonly grown as houseplants, ornimentals, and food crops. Interesting anecdotes and sketches/etchings scattered throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 2/28/2013

    " Cute book. Turns out an awful lot of vegetation can make you sick, or kill you. I'd run into some of them while reading murder mysteries, of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 8/11/2012

    " Quirky, fascinating, deliciously dark. A must-own for anyone interested in the botanical world--particularly if combined with a taste for the macabre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 4/12/2012

    " Who knew?! This was so full of info I'll never remember it all. What I will remember is not to hike in an unfamiliar place without first checking what grows there!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 10/20/2011

    " A very fun, informative read for anyone, especially horticulture nerds like me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leila | 10/19/2011

    " Great brief overviews and summaries of various invasive, painful, poisonous, and intoxicating plants! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/9/2011

    " Interesting subject - be careful!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/12/2011

    " A really unique book. Probably 3-star quality, but it gets an extra star for originality and impressive illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 6/2/2011

    " Intrigued and a little frightened of my hydrangea and many of my other outdoor plants, I found myself totally engaged in his deadly, but oftentimes informative read.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 6/2/2011

    " I have such an appreciation and love for plants! If you do, you’ll love this book. If you don’t, you will certainly gain an appreciation for plants anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 5/31/2011

    " A very well designed book, and it has definitely made me take a second look at the plants growing right here in the 'burbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/7/2011

    " Loved the author's writing technique in this book. It was in no way boring and i learned quite a lot of tidbits. The cartoon characters were hilarious too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 5/2/2011

    " Cute book. Turns out an awful lot of vegetation can make you sick, or kill you. I'd run into some of them while reading murder mysteries, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseann | 4/17/2011

    " Will really make you think before you pick an unknown plant up to get a closer look! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 4/2/2011

    " Awesome! I really love the cool drawings too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emsmith | 3/29/2011

    " Very fun book to read. It's easy and can be read in very small chunks. "

About the Author

Amy Stewart is the author of several books, including the historical fiction Kopp Sisters series, which began with Girl Waits with Gun. The series is based on the true story of three remarkable sisters who lived in New Jersey in the early twentieth-century. She has also written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including the international bestsellers The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the American Horticultural Society’s 2010 Book Award. She lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer. They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.