Summary

Plants form a fundamental element of the biosphere, and the evolution of plants has directly affected the evolution of animal life and the evolution of the Earth's climate. Plants have also become essential to humans not only in the form of cereal crops, fruit, and vegetables, but in their many other uses in wood and paper, and in providing medicines.
In this Very Short Introduction, Timothy Walker, Director of the Botanical Gardens in Oxford, provides a concise account of the nature of plants, their variety and classification, their evolution, and their aesthetic and practical value, stressing the need for their conservation for future generations.
©2012 Timothy Walker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By DrLMK on 04-12-15

Narrator's voice makes its boring

What were they thinking getting an American to narrate this??! The book is good, but the narrator's voice drones on and on, with no colour or inflection. It is so badly read, and the nasal tones of his voice are hard to listen to. Couldn't they have got some nice smooth English voice to narrate this great little book?

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5 out of 5 stars
By edward botheras on 23-02-18

Very interesting and absorbing

I have read the book do I was keen to give it a listen. The American accent grated a bit, but I got used to it. I really hoped Timothy Walker would have read it.
I think overall the book concentrated a bit too much on areas such as pollination and conservation. I wished Tim had written more about the great variety of plants and botanical processes.

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