Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps

HarperAudio. Jul. 2022. 12:34 hrs. ISBN 9780063029958. $27.99. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Entomologist Sumner’s first nonacademic book, exploring the secret lives of wasps, is educational, important—and extremely funny. At first glance it may seem targeted at a narrow audience, those interested in insects or keenly aware of pollinator decline. Those listeners will find much to love here, but the humor and joy that surrounds the information makes it a must-buy for any popular science collection. Sumner’s narration and writing imbue her subject with an amusing charm that never interferes with the facts but makes way for laugh-out-loud sections that enhance the pleasure of learning captivating, lesser-known truths. Sumner, who is a professor of behavioral ecology at University College London, narrates with enthusiasm and a trustworthy, conversational manner that keeps listeners’ interest piqued. After finishing this audiobook, listeners may be unable to see these almost universally feared creatures in the same light. They’ll know that wasps are vital to our world and one of the most intriguing creatures of the past millennia. So entrancing is this work that listeners might grab the print book, too, so they can listen and take notes.
VERDICT Engaging, informative, and fun, this audio will be a hit with popular science and nonfiction readers.
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