The Triumph of Seeds

  • by Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"Marc Vietor's mellow, upbeat narration adds personality and energy, and every chapter brings fresh information and insight." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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less of a mystery now

Interesting story about the design and life of seeds. I enjoyed the discussion of how seeds fit into the larger food chain.
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- Andy


Concepts from many researchers work laid out and built up with a wealth of experimental findings with wonderful clarity. Enthralling side notes and stories into the part of seeds in history and ever pertinent philosophical paradigms. A core maintained throughout of the story of his own research into the Almendro tree woven perfectly within the wider subject and a sincere admiration of nature's core principles. Brilliant. Thank you Thor, thank you Nature.
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- Mr "Interested in: Non Fiction, Lectures, Geology, Science, Astronomy, Physics, Early Universe, Big Bang, Evolution (& Religion), Brain science, Brain skills, History - European / Ancient, Exploration."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios