• The Treeline

  • The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth
  • By: Ben Rawlence
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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In the tradition of Elizabeth Kolbert and Barry Lopez, a powerful, poetic, and deeply absorbing account of the “lung” at the top of the world.

For the last 50 years, the trees of the boreal forest have been moving north. The Treeline takes us along this critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, to meet the scientists, residents, and trees confronting huge geological changes. Only the hardest species survive at these latitudes including the ice-loving Dahurian larch of Siberia, the antiseptic Spruce that purifies our atmosphere, the Downy birch conquering Scandinavia, the healing Balsam poplar that Native Americans use as a cure-all and the noble Scots Pine that lives longer when surrounded by its family.

It is a journey of wonder and awe at the incredible creativity and resilience of these species and the mysterious workings of the forest upon which we rely for the air we breathe. Blending reportage with the latest science, The Treeline is a story of what might soon be the last forest left and what that means for the future of all life on earth.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2022 Ben Rawlence (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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A surprising find

Rarely do you discover a book that is observational, historical, prophetic, and hopeful. These stories of treeline around the globe, of the places and the people are just that. The epilogue left me writing and sharing quotes and I continue to ponder the lessons on my daily forest walks. I am changed by this book.

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Treelike

This is an important work to read if you want to understand how the climate change is presented in our world Wildforest. It is beautifully written it is lyrical and its pros it’s a delight to read into listen to encourage anyone who is interested in climate change and trees to read this book

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Of Critical importance

As the Earth continues to warm and stable climates and ecosystems unravel we humans will require the information in this book.

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Outstanding and eye opening

This book is a great blend of stories and sound science. Ben does a great job of including indigenous wisdom from history, he also matches it with first hand accounts of the people living today carrying on ancient customs. The modern science is blended in to create a thrilling and educational book that tells stories of the past while laying out the potential future in the ever changing climate. I love these types of books and this will be one of the first books I'll recommend going forward! Thanks for this great book and all the stories included.

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Required reading

I truly feel that this beautifully tragic book should be required reading for all of humanity.

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Must read for all

Bless Mr Rawlence for this incredible book. To his family for supporting him thru his travels and researching. Unfortunately I fear that this work as so many like it will not be read/ heard by those who truly need to understand the message
For anyone questioning the time for this book please just read/listen to the epilogue first before you decide
There are great information and stories
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The revolution begins with a walk in the woods

This book is not for the faint of heart. Rawlence's writing is both beautiful and haunting. The stories of the trees and communities that live among them will both inspire you and leave you with a deep sadness for our planet and all creatures on it. Reading this book has made me more appreciative of every tree and more aware of how my behaviors impact the forest.