• The Secret Life of Plants

  • A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man
  • By: Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird
  • Narrated by: D. Michael Hope
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial best seller! 

In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more. 

Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.

©2018 Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Skeptics beware. Lots of psychobabble.

I could only make it through the first chapter. I gave up when I realized it was going to be a whole book based on confirmation bias. The first chapter talks about how a researcher discovers via lie detector,that plants are connected to their caretaker. Ok... Then when he has to reproduce in a scientific setting, he can't. He rationalizes it away with silly excuses rather than admit he had fooled himself by misunderstanding how a galvanometer works. The second chapter starts with a guy employing a team to all try the experiment, and only HE could reproduce. That likely means he is the one that is mistaken in his approach. I turned it off when I realized the whole book is based on heresay and not backed by real evidence. It's sad. the book is written in an interesting prose, and the reader is fine. I am just too sceptical to be able to finish. I know other people will disagree, but it's my two cents.

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Fiction not Fact. Google it before buying.

I was excited to see the positive reviews on this book when I purchased it however I have since discovered that the 'science' in this book has been largely debunked years ago. Google this for yourself before you buy it. This is a book of fiction and not scientific fact as suggested. This book was debunked so long ago it seems strange that it would be made into an audio book today. Besides the fact that this is utter nonsense, the performance is horrible. The book is far longer than it needs to be. I am returning this book.

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Amazing doesn't even begin to describe it

I have read this book 3 times, and am so grateful that I can listen to it as I go about my daily work. It has been more illuminating than I have words to express, and it has actually turned the direction some of my friend's lives. I am so grateful to the many people interested in loving the earth and the plants that are here to love us. God bless Peter and Christopher for their efforts.

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Magical, uplifing and hopeful.

i loved this writing. Surprising and uplifing, it made me even more hopeful about this world.

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Disinformation and hogwash

If you picked this up because, like me, you were hoping for an in-depth and scientific look at plants at the cellular level, full of the soaring wonder with which Carl Sagan describes the Cosmos, you will be sorely disappointed. Parts are shakey, others are pure fantasy, and still more are harmful charlatanry preying on the hopes and dreams of the credulous and untrained. In chapter 2 I kept waiting for the moment the irony would become evident, and they would talk about applying electrodes to rocks and beakers of salt water and getting the same results. They state "scientists stood in awe" but have no sources, and quote no names. They say (very conveniently) that skeptics "would not be able to get the same result" and that scientific probing will only shut up the plants forever, as if good science doesn't require the practicioner to be open to the possibility of being wrong.

Not only will you listen to pseudoscience presented in the least convincing way possible, but the narrator reads with all the sparkle and imagination of a funeral durge. So if you are not credulous enough to believe it, you will not even be entertained. Truly a waste of a very good title.

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Timless and brilliant...always the classic!!!!

I first read this 50 years ago....It is even better now...much better ..Much i seem to have missed has come forward to reveal itself here. Shabari Bird is still in full action (farming in australia with her HUGH) and with her place in georgia...

Thank you more than I can say for this volume rich and wealthy with insights!!

Bravo!

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A very secret life

Definitely not worth 16 1/2 hours of listening. I stopped with about 11 hours left

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Good plant stories

Though a good deal of this book is outdated , I appreciated the author's devotion to his topic and the lengths he went to to illuminate people who we may not have ever heard of, making discoveries about Plants that we are only now beginning to understand. Once you accepted that most of his research was anecdotal, it became rather entertaining.

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You Need To Know These Things

Nearly every sentence is a profound revelation and/or confirmation of things which you fundamentally recognize and know are true and accurate.

Oh, and The Man does Not want you to know any of it. After 170+ years of irrefutable scientific evidences and confirmations, it has all been harshly, continually, systematically, and conspiratorially suppressed and undermined by the conventional, ruling "science" establishments.

Why? All Truth has many powerful enemies.
But, you already know that.

Set yourself free. Listen to this book.

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performer did not know how to pronounce words

loved this book. I wish the concepts were commonly known and taught in school and agriculture.

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  • 03-02-22

Excellent for Insomnia

I'll be honest, I can't remember a word of it, but I have insomnia and this is the only thing helping me get to sleep at the moment. For all I can remember I just press play, set a timer, then wake up some time later.

It's great because I love plants so it's a topic I'm happy to listen to whilst tired, but because I love plants I'm aware of the scathing reviews and opinions of most plant scientists, so I feel absolutely no pressure to actually pay attention or remember what I've heard.

I'll probably relisten at some point out of actual interest and form my own opinion, but for now 10/10 this audiobook is great for sending me to sleep.

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  • 11-13-20

fantastic

fascinating book. loaded with information. I will re listen. it touched my soul. thank you for producing and sharing. Bless All.

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Pseudo Science

This book is more of faith and belief then science. if you've ever dropped acid then you'll probably vibe with it a little. Not a very scientific based read as hoped.

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  • 11-16-21

Learn from the Greats

If you have a basic understanding of magnetism, e.m.f's and gardening.. this audiobook will blow your mind, and keep you captivated.