The Life of the Spider

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(3.1 stars; 24 reviews)

Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre was a French entomologist and author. He was born in St. Léons in Aveyron, France. Fabre was largely an autodidact, owing to the poverty of his family. Nevertheless, he acquired a primary teaching certificate at the young age of 19 and began teaching at the college of Ajaccio, Corsica, called Carpentras. In 1852, he taught at the lycée in Avignon. (Summary from Wikipedia) (7 hr 44 min)


The Black-Bellied Tarantula 49:11 Read by Bryan Ness
The Banded Epeira 32:49 Read by Bryan Ness
The Narbonne Lycosa 22:35 Read by Magdalena
The Narbonne Lycosa: The Burrow 46:38 Read by valli
The Narbonne Lycosa: The Family 19:22 Read by Scott Carpenter
The Narbonne Lycosa: The Climbing-instinct 16:30 Read by Scott Carpenter
The Spiders’ Exodus 27:58 Read by Scott Carpenter
The Crab Spider 20:10 Read by Doug Allison
The Garden Spiders: Building The Web 23:44 Read by Magdalena
The Garden Spiders: My Neighbour 43:35 Read by valli
The Garden Spiders: The Lime-snare 13:05 Read by Esther
The Garden Spiders: The Telegraph-wire 15:30 Read by Scott Carpenter
The Garden Spiders: Pairing And Hunting 36:26 Read by valli
The Garden Spiders: The Question Of Property 15:02 Read by Scott Carpenter
The Labyrinth Spider 37:21 Read by Doug Allison
The Clotho Spider 24:45 Read by James Christopher
Appendix: The Geometry Of The Epeira’s Web 19:45 Read by James Christopher


the text can be quite hard to understand at times

(3 stars)

I recommend this for older students.The chapters are also lenghtly,I do think it is a very no educational book though.

hard to understand

(1.5 stars)

I can’t understand most of this. I think it’s probably very educational:) I recommend this to anyone who is bilingual.

nice title

(2.5 stars)

This is my homeschool book and I love this book but only some chapters 😾😻

(5 stars)

A brilliant description of his experiments. Dramatic, engaging, witty. Wonderful.

Might be helpful for some cheese board lover

(2.5 stars)

I am not learning much from it, perhaps if the chapters were shorter and more clear I would like this more. I would put this on the "slightly helpful but at the same time annoying for those who don't like spiders" category

(5 stars)

🕷🕸last night I was so happy to have listened to this book 📚!