• The Triumph of Seeds

  • How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History
  • By: Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (783 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat. In nature and in culture, seeds are fundamental - objects of beauty, evolutionary wonder, and simple fascination. How many times has a child dropped the winged pip of a maple, marveling as it spirals its way down to the ground, or relished the way a gust of wind(or a stout breath) can send a dandelion’s feathery flotilla skyward? Yet despite their importance, seeds are often seen as a commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to Thor Hanson and this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more.
©2015 Thor Hanson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Marc Vietor's mellow, upbeat narration adds personality and energy, and every chapter brings fresh information and insight." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rusty on 03-06-17

a fantastic book and great narration

this is such an great book. it's so informative and yet feels like you are part of love story between the author and his passion for everything seeds.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrian on 03-30-16

Delightfully simplistic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book looks at the history and evolution of seeds. That's it. Thor Hanson's appreciation of seeds and his passion for study are evident, yet he presented the topic in a lighthearted way that was easy for a layman to follow. I enjoyed this book very much.

What other book might you compare The Triumph of Seeds to and why?

I love books that have a small scope, but enlighten me in a big way. This book reminds me of "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" by Tom Standage, which I read a decade ago, but still keep on my desk.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

I thought the content and the narrator were perfectly matched. Marc Vietor did excellent work of bringing this book to life.

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

I would have enjoyed listening to this in one sitting. I didn't, but I did listen to it while I walked, shopped, cooked and washed dishes.

Any additional comments?

I didn't know much or care much about seeds when I started this book. I can now confidently speak about seeds because I've enjoyed this wonderful lesson and learned a lot without being lectured to.

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42 of 45 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By shaun mace on 09-20-16

very interesting if you're curious about seeds :)

great book if you're into permaculture, sustainable seeds, the planet or plants.

Not the most exciting but am very happy to have read it

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-23-18

marriage of narrator and text is beautiful

the text is performed rather than simply read. fascinating insight, really interesting and very enjoyable.

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