• The Secret Life of Fungi

  • Discoveries from a Hidden World
  • By: Aliya Whitely
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fungi are unlike any other living thing - they’re almost magically unique. Welcome to this astonishing world....

Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes to frozen tundra. They can invade our bodies and live between our toes or our floorboards. They are unwelcome intruders or vastly expensive treats, and symbols of both death and eternal life. But despite their familiar presence, there’s still much to learn about the eruption, growth, and decay of their secret interconnected world.

Aliya Whiteley has always been in love with fungi - from her childhood taking blurry photographs of strange fungal eruptions on Exmoor to a career as a writer inspired by their surreal and alien beauty. This love for fungi is a love for life, from single-cell spores to the largest living organism on the planet; a story stretching from Aliya’s lawn into orbit and back again via every continent.

From fields, feasts, and fairy rings to death caps, puffballs, and ambrosia beetles, this is an intoxicating journey into the life of an extraordinary organism, one that we have barely begun to understand.

©2021 Aliya Whitely (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Bethann Close
  • 03-18-22

inspiring

This was written so amazingly that i didn't feel like it was a clinical description given of the fungi and the author did an amazing job of incorporating it into her telling of her life story and her love of this amazing organism. I would recommend this to everyone

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  • Joeline Baker-Lang
  • 03-05-22

difficult listen

author is enthusiastic but lacks enough substance to be engaging, performance affected by text quality

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  • Dylan Newton
  • 01-20-22

A must listen synopsis on the life of Fungi

Beautifully narrated and eloquently told story of how fungi envelop every part of our existence from birth to death and everything in between.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-21

Enjoyable

Very informative and entertaining.Wished it was a longer but enjoyed every bit of this book.

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  • Inae
  • 11-05-21

A pleasure to hear the voice of this lady tell about all the fascinating facts.

At the beginning this topic seemed a bit nerdy and I suspected I will not really keep me but the speaker made me think of my grandmother telling me stories. It is very relaxing and interesting. Nobody else could have read this better than her, except maybe Sr Attenborough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Not my usual genre

This was a chance decision to listen to. Non-fiction, biology. The author’s passion for her subject, intertwined with personal anecdotes, along with her passion for language made this an interesting journey. I liked finding out interesting facts on the every day and the unusual.