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Publisher's Summary

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain. From forest trails in Korea to islands in Finland to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas - and the answers they yield - are more urgent than ever.
©2017 Florence Williams (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 03-18-17

Yes!...and No!

The sheer breadth and depth of information presented in this well-organized work was impressive. The arguments, backed at times with a blizzard of statistics, plowed through various scientific and academic circles to present an argument that intuitively seems correct: we evolved outdoors and our increasingly indoor, screen-obsessed culture is wreaking an awful toll on us, and particularly on our children. Fair enough.

But the author, abetted by a way too chirpy, sing-song narrator, struggled to cover her lack of science street cred with cringeworthy puns and swipes clothed in condescending asides at more fringe views of our relation with nature. The result leaves the reader unsure of what to take seriously, what is a joke or what is between the two? The narrator's forced joviality and unnecessary excursions up and down the sonic scale seriously detracted from the substance of the work. I needed to take frequent breaks from listening, during which I wondered if buying the print version of Nature Fix would not have been a better choice.

Bottom line: a good work and well worth the time to read but perhaps not to listen to.

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2 out of 5 stars
By resc on 10-27-17

Great Book, Poor Performance

I listened to this book with great interest in some important information. However, eventually I was driven to purchase a hard copy book because the reading on the audio book was probably the most over-dramatized and infantile reading of any book I have ever bought through audible. It was annoyingly distracting. So, I recommend the hard cover book but suggest you bypass the audio book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-21-17

a bit disappointed

the book wasn't to bad. however I found that she repeated herself many times. which I found boring. she did make some good points but over all it all could have been said in two chapters.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Damian on 07-02-18

great book check it out. Biophilia ftw!

A very important topic. We need to recognize the power of nature and it's effects on us.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katy on 06-14-17

Fascinating research presented in an enjoyable manner

While the benefits of nature to humans seems blind, bleedin' obvious to many of us, this is great stuff to see shown in different kinds of research that can translate into urban and wilderness policy and planning. No longer can we dismiss this as just whining from 'tree-huggers'. The benefits are wired into us through our neurological and physiological responses. One of the most fascinating benefits of nature is for people with ADD and PTSD as balancing and healing. The only downside of audiobooks like these is that you want to see the references list. I'll likely listen to this a few times as there's a lot of great information in here and the author has a good sense of humour. Very well narrated, with emotive, enthusiastic expression.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nic on 05-05-18

compulsory reading for all city planners

You are what you see, what you see, becomes your emotion. emotions are what you consume. more nature = happy healthy people.

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