• The Wild Trees

  • A Story of Passion and Daring
  • By: Richard Preston
  • Narrated by: Richard Preston
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-29-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (214 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained: the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. The biggest redwoods are over 1,000 years old, rising more than 35 stories in what's left of the once-vast, ancient redwood forest. Believed to be impossible to ascend, these majestic giants have remained unexplored until recently, when a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists discovered a lost, dangerous, and hauntingly beautiful world high above California. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of these young voyagers, who risk everything to explore the redwood canopy, where the massive trees form flying buttresses and cathedral-like structures in the air. They find a vertical Eden of hanging gardens and rare creatures, an untouched paradise where it's possible to stretch hammocks between tree branches and make love 300 feet in the air. But as they move through the treetops suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, these young adventurers know that the smallest mistake can result in a plunge to one's death.
Preston mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to recount the discovery of this amazing world. This is a grand adventure, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, from a master of nonfiction narrative.
©2007 Richard Preston. All rights reserved (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Preston's hands-on perspective, suspenseful chronicling of the adventures of these vividly portrayed redwood experts, and glorious descriptions of the tall trees' splendor and ecological significance make for a transfixing read." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cris on 10-27-07

Great book!

I was very pleased with this book and couldn't stop listening to it. The actual interviews with some of the key subjects at the end were very pleasing.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Katherine on 09-02-10

Beautiful

This is an engaging, exciting audio book about a subject I had never even considered, prior to this work. The author delves into the lives of the individuals, weaving between the science of the trees, and the humanity that surrounds them.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 01-26-08

treemendous

Excellent book, if interested in trees, high adrenaline sports, wildlife, botany and a touch of romance this title is for you, highly recommended. Some parts had me on the edge of my seat.

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