• Life on a Little Known Planet

  • A Biologist's View of Insects and their World
  • By: Howard Ensign Evans
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-27-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This classic book is natural history at its best. The world of insects is Howard Evans' "little-known planet," the realm of the cockroach and the cricket, the wasp and the bedbug. With the precision and authority of a distinguished biologist, and the wit and grace of an accomplished writer, Howard Evans muses on the uniqueness of dragonflies, the romantic impulses of butterflies, the musicianship of crickets, and the mysteries of the firefly. The insect realm never fails to enlighten, entertain, and sometimes provoke: as Evans asks, "Is the fly a more intricate machine than he appears, or are we less clever than we suppose ourselves to be?"
©1984 Howard Ensign Evans (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 02-16-04

Some of my favorite bug groups!

The more interesting intricacies of insect life histories are presented in a series of chapters, each including some wry commentary from the entomologist's point of view. As a biologist, I found this an easy and fun review of the groups (cockroaches, fireflies, crickets, wasps, bedbugs, dragonflies and butterflies) and enjoyed the author's perspective. The book was first published some 36 years ago with an update in 1993. The language and storytelling style are enjoyable and do not require a scientific background. I found that the author digressed a little too far into the realm of opinion at the end, but overall found this an enjoyable listen!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 10-18-03


This is one book that would have been improved if it was in an abridged format. The way studies were quoted gave the book the mood of reading a Master's Thesis rather than an entertaining science piece. Also, the content of the book is outdated, being published in 1968. An epilogue published in 1993 did not make up for having to wade through outdated material.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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