Seeds of Hope

  • by Jane Goodall, Gail Hudson (contributor)
  • Narrated by Edita Brychta, Rick Zieff, Jane Goodall
  • 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Renowned naturalist and best-selling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world.
In her wise and elegant new audiobook, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give listeners a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today.
Seeds of Hope takes us from England to Goodall's home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as planet Earth.
Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening - and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us - Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards.

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Amazing Content Ruined By Ideological Junk Science

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If she had dropped the her attempt to shunt her excellent writing on the plant kingdom into a bad attempt to justify a philosophical agenda under the veneer of her scientific credibility.


Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Worse! Readers lacking an advanced skeptical toolkit and experience with these topics will be unable to disentangle Goodall's messy blend of real and junk science in the later chapters. Goodall, a primatologist, betrayed a vast ignorance of other fields of science, even going so far as to reprint long dead controversies as if they were never resolved. If this book sells well, it could set back this debate by a decade or more.


Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not as a narrator, I've seen talks by Goodall. Her voice is so soothing I feel like I'm criticizing my grandmother.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeah, I love plants, and this book had lots of interesting insights into that world. I even intend on listening to it again.... I'm just going to skip the last third of the book. (and I'm totally going to make a box of "flower seed grenades")


Any additional comments?

I understand Goodall has a philosophy that sees the act of breeding/engineering new kinds of plants as a kind of violation of nature, and is intrinsically untrustworthy. I also understand this as a kind of moral intuition, one that she attempts to justify the best way she knows how, the authority of science. I can respect that in the same way I respect a man who only eats kosher. I can appreciate his moral intuition, even how he satisfies it, without agreeing with his justification (ie, pork being bad for you).

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- Dubito Ergo Sum "Super skeptic, reality poet, mega geek, & science nerd extraordinaire."

Excellent information, inspiring but also worrying

An amazing book, full of great information and both hopeful and scary news. Some of the descriptions of gardens and such are a bit long, but that's to expect with Jane Goodall's enthusiasm and love for the plants and animals of this world. Strongly recommended for anyone who cares about our planet--especially the plants.
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- Jan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio