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Publisher's Summary

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?
Inspired by Darwin, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure. Witty, offbeat, charming, and ever curious, she unearths the complex web of life beneath our feet and investigates the role earthworms play in cutting-edge science—from toxic cleanups to the study of regeneration.
©2004 Original material © 2004 Amy Stewart. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2012 (p) 2012 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

“Stewart’s fascination with her subject is infectious, her writing as simple and sleek as the earthworm itself.” ( San Francisco Chronicle)
“Using Darwin’s research as a starting point, [Stewart] delves into their incredible abilities and offers useful tips for the green thumbs in her audience.” ( Entertainment Weekly)
"You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible.” ( The New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kirstin on 04-17-14

I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords

Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Moved to be better than the print version?

I am not sure because I have not see the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Moved?

Being an organic gardener with an interest in looking at the garden as whole. I found the info about the worms lives and different types of worms very interesting.

What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in all one sitting. Mostly because I listen to most books that way. It was by no means a page turner, but it was interesting.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to any gardener. I have read wicked plants, wicked bugs, and the drunken botanist. Out of all the Amy Stewart books I have read this was my favorite. The information is helpful and interesting. It also tends to turn away from her normal writing style which often sounds like she just took an encyclopedia and reworked it into her own book. This book gives you some more hands on info and a diverse look at the different kinds of worms and how they make an impact on various environments.

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28 of 29 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Berry on 11-09-15

More Interesting Than You Might Think!

Yes, it's s book about earthworms. I thought I knew a lot about these little creatures, and now know that I didn't know the half of it! There is history, how-to, trivia, and even villainy in this book. A delightful, educational, light listen!

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dario on 10-10-17


I have thoroughly enjoyed this book! It has definitely made me appreciate our fellow earthlings beneath our feet. I can't wait to get my own little worm bin up and running!! Thankyou :)

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