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Hedge is a typical human--fat and bald, not pretty but not ugly, with a round, doting wife, and a farm where he tends beehives. Except Hedge is not a typical human. In fact, Hedge is not human at all, but a plant sent by the Council of Plants and the Plant of Ultimate Knowing to observe humanity and determine whether or not humanity is a threat to the universe. A task he h ...more
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published January 8th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Lisa Reads & Reviews
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
The Speaker for the Trees is a scifi/fantasy novel wherein humanity is observed and judged through the eyes of an alien race, familiarly known as plants. The Council of Plants planted plants (smiled when I wrote that!) on Earth to ascertain why our planet hadn't been conquered by plants (they hadn't seen my yard!), and whether or not mankind is a threat to the universe and should thereby be eliminated. Okay, I'll stop playing with the plant thing. The plot is delicious (because I'm a vegetarian? ...more
L.H. Thomson
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Speaker for the Trees is an astonishing sci-fi novella in its ability to touch on the myriad of pragmatic, logical views we can take of existence and humanity, then point to the sheer beauty in sometimes ignoring all that, and benefiting instead from the sheer empathy gained from shared experience.

It's not complex to read. But it is a complex novel in its depth and intellect, and one that I suspect will be read and discussed for a great many years after being written -- and perhaps, unfortun
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Josephine Boyce
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, Witty and Surprisingly Touching

“Hedge exhaled a deep, shuddering breath.
He was going to need a toaster.”


The story starts in the vein I was expecting – Douglas Adams style wit and imagination filled the prose. Hedge and his “earth wife Anna” lead a quiet life on farm, eating pork chops (that aren’t especially good) and keeping bees. But, of course, Hedge is really a kindly alien plant from planet Plant. Hedge is there to observe earth to see if humanity is worth saving because destroying
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Sherrod Wall
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Speaker for the Trees” by Sean DeLauder is a science fiction achievement. DeLauder has impeccable comedic timing, strong descriptive voice and a protagonist that peaks curiousity from novel’s first page.

If I were to compare this to something in order to give those used to the mainstream an idea of what to expect, I would use the Men in Black films. Although, DeLauder has more meaningful and sophisticated writing.

The plot is well chiseled, but not lacking in depth or substance. Like H.G. Wells’
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Sean DeLauder
Nov 28, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wroten-by-me
This book is cursed. Any who read it will have their brain transformed into a turnip. The author regrets this.

Richard (Bound & Determined...)
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-request
There comes a time when we must learn from our mistakes, take responsibility for our actions, accept the consequences, and move on. Stronger, greater, more knowledgeable than we were. Sean DeLauder in a humorous, witty, quirky way explores these themes.

Hedge, a plant come to Earth in human form, has been sent to study humanity, to learn their ways, what makes them tick. It was fun to see us through his eyes. How our everyday, without-much-thought routines can seem trivial and ridiculous.

Even und
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Sam
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hedge is not human but a plant sent here to live among the humans and observe. The Counsil of the Plants and the Plant of Ultimate Knowing wants to know if humanity is a threat to the universe. So Hedge along with other plants take on human form, where he lives on his farm, tends to his bees, and eats his earthwifes pork chops. Until one day when he is summoned home.

This was such a good story. I fell in love with Hedge and some of the other characters. You forget that he is a plant until he remi
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July Is The Shadow Out of Time The Haunted Reading Room
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to July Is The Shadow Out of Time by: Sean deLauder
Loved it.

Review of The Speaker for the Trees by Sean DeLauder
5 stars

Throughout this story, I alternated between chuckling aloud, exclaiming “ahh!” and saying, “That’s what I’ve always believed!” So clearly this story touched my heart and soul; there’s much more here than meets the eye—philosophy, metaphysics, a study of the human condition, for better or worse…

Somewhere far out in the universe is a planet known only as Plant Plant, because the sentient denizens are just that-plants. They also ho
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Doreena
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok, here it goes... (Though I know I am not going to do this book the awesome justice it deserves.) I loved this book. It was given to me for review by the awesome author (Thank you Mr. DeLauder!) I look forward to reading more of your work. The protagonist in this book is Hedge (literally and figuratively it turns out). He is living on Earth with his wife to observe humans. There is an omnipotent plant and counsel that think the Earth should be purged and restarted because of the destruction of ...more
Penumbra
The author kindly gave me a copy of his book to read through Making Connections' ARR, for an honest review. Thank you!

This story was told through the eyes of Hedge; a form of plant life sent to Earth and is impersonating a human. The book blurb gives a good description of what the book is about, so I won’t go into that.

I enjoyed this story; the humor reminded me a lot of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Because the world is seen through the eyes of Hedge, we get an alien’s take of what human
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Stephani Martinez
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given to opportunity to read this book as a gift. It was absolutely stimulating. Delauder’s voice is both sarcastic and forgiving. Delauder calls out his own use of literary devices in a humorously self deprecating way. His characters personality comes alive through name (Scud Peabody and Gary Thorne) and actions. Every step throughout this novel is a deliberate understanding of human nature. Delauder discovers the most beautiful part of being human through the eyes of a plant. Although a ...more
Darlene
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Simon Haynes, Jon Gibbs, Yvensong, Cheryl in CC NV, Ralph, Chris, S. Michele, Tom
Recommended to Darlene by: L. H. Thomson and Sean DeLauder
Not awful. Not awful at all! In fact, it had the fun of the Hal Spacejock series and the quiet terror of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. What a combination! And though I may have missed something, I think a better title would be Speaker for the Human Being. Hitting the nail on the head is far less painful.

Well done, Mr. DeLauder. I think everyone should read this once. I plan to read it again as there is depth within this story worth gathering and nurturing within oneself. Hope and the ability t
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D.J. Molles
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this one years back. Just read it again, and liked it just as much as I did the first time. I'm still waiting for Sean DeLauder to get recognized. This is a great piece of funny, heartwarming, and poignant satire. I different look at humanity, from a unique perspective.
Miki Hodge
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An engaging novella that reminds us there is good in the world. Hedge's words of wisdom should be read by everyone. One of my favorite lines is, "Those who feared difference always made a point of finding difference in others..."
Not everything is as it seems.
H.M. Flath
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review of The Speaker for the Trees by Sean DeLauder


Sean DeLauder ‘packed a wallop’ into fewer than 100 pages of well-written, well-paced, entertaining Sci-fi fantasy. It is humorous and witty, whimsical and logical, philosophical and ordinary. There is so much packed into this little book that if you look carefully you might find it. I found a fictional story but also found themes of tolerance, love, empathy, adaptation, evolution, etc. I applaud Sean DeLauder for this artful achievement of
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Amy
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hedge is fat, and aside from the greenish tinge of his skin, utterly unremarkable for a human male; the perfect disguise. For 20 years he enjoyed working on his farm and keeping his bees and eating his wife's pork chops. Then one day he is summoned back to his home planet, Planet Plant, and given some terrible news. Under the guidance of the Plant of Ultimate Knowing, it becomes his responsibility to save Earthwife Anna and the rest of the human race - and in the process he realizes that living ...more
Barbara Land
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So I’m reading the book description and I get to the part that says, “Except Hedge is not a typical human. In fact, Hedge is not human at all, but a plant sent by the Council of Plants and the Plant of Ultimate Knowing to observe humanity …” and with an inward sigh, I think, ‘Oh, geez.’ But then I read on and discover that Hedge will meet his adversaries armed only with a toaster, and a small bell begins ringing in a distant part of my mind. I think “towel” instead of “toaster” and with hope in ...more
Shannon
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*

I really like this book. Here are a few things that I liked about it!

I like how the author is very descriptive. He describes the environment which is crucial for this book because it deals with plants a lot. He also describes in such detail about what the physical and emotional properties are of being a plant (Like when Hedge eats). Another time when he describes is when Hedge is observing the humans.

I love how is realistic
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Mia Darien
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Apparently, I'm on a funny indie book kick. My non-indie reading has not been so much with the funny, but this is the third humorous indie I've read in a row. And you know what? I love it. They've been a blast.

This one was a riot. I had only meant to read a couple chapters this evening, and ended up finishing the whole damn thing! (Mr. DeLauder, if my characters haunt me because your story delayed my writing of theirs, I'm sending them to your doorstep.) There are some truly precious lines. The
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Lauralee
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through a Good Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. It's a short, quick read but if the story had been stretched out to a full novel it would have lost many of the things that made it, erm, novel. >_>

The writing is catchy and immersive. I enjoyed the characters and especially the dialogue involving Mr. Visitor. I actually giggled and had to read a passage aloud to someone else.

I do recommend stopping and putting the book down when you re
...more
Chrys Cymri
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the more unusual books I’ve ever read.

The protagonist is a plant, Hedge, who has disguised himself to live amongst humans. The plants, who are the dominant life forms on most planets in the universe, have been watching the human race. Hedge is recalled to provide his observations of the human race.

The novella explores a different way of looking at the world. And, within the thought structures of Hedge, he comes to realise that he has come to love the human woman, as his wife, wh
...more
L.N. Denison
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an intriguing, very cleverly written story about plant forms deciding the fate of humanity. Hedge had been sent to Earth to observe mankind, of which he had done over the space of 20 years. He had an Earth wife, Anna. One friend, Scud Peabody, who was the only one who believed that Hedge was from another planet when every one else thought he was mad.

The story centres around Hedge trying to save mankind when it is deemed necessary to destroy humanity. The many obstacles he encounters whi
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J.W. Dionysius Nicolello
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I must explain this single star in the potential sea of five, as I do respect Mr. DeLauder, this man whose interests range from Monsieur Seuss, to Sagan, to Herbert: Three commendable fellows. I would much like to hear more of DeLauder's work as Obituary Clerk. Of course, DeLauder writes for far vaster an audience than this angry young man. I herein make it clear his novel is just not my variety. Perhaps my single orange star in the midst of many positive reviews is to draw attention to my missi ...more
James Field
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sean DeLauder scores full points with this novel.
I am old enough to remember my days as a 'Hippie' when everyone spoke of 'Flower-Power'. After reading 'The Speaker for the Trees' I think, perhaps, we were on to something?
Sean DeLauder depicts a universe where plants are supreme, and humans are a dangerous pest. The plot is captivating, funny, and bitingly ironic. If you enjoyed 'A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe', and 'Men in Black', then this novel is a 'must'.
Unfortunately, I tend to suffe
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Emma Jaye
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very nearly 'Hitchhikers Guide' standard, which is high praise indeed. Hedge is a plant, sent to spy on humanity in human form. As he bumbles slowly around eating his wife's pork chops and defending the local idiot, he falls in love with humanity, and is perturbed when his own intergalactic overloads, the 'plants' decide that humanity is dangerous.
Together with the plant of all-knowing, who is in fact a weed, and some particularly clever daisies, they set out to fool the masters of the universe
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Sadie Forsythe
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous little novella. It starts on a high note and stays there. It is witty and clever, with a very Douglas Adams feel. Being so short most of the characters are not deeply developed, but this is not a destraction-rather it avoids unnecessary distractions. Hedge's outsider observations of humanity are thought provoking, and his budding understanding of his own, very human, emotions touching. I'm glad I gave it an evening. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and I'll be keeping my toaster c ...more
Kerry Stewart
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
First I must say that I do not typically read Sci-Fi genre but the author so kindly provided me with a copy. Thank you Mr. DeLauder! I rate this book 5 stars for creativity of the zany clever plot of a man who is not actually a man but a plant sent to live among the humans and observe them. While not being a human Hedge seems like he has become more human than plant with the compassion that he shows for his Earth wife Anna and the human race.

Thanks again Mr. DeLauder for sharing your book with
...more
Julia
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Ellie
rated it it was amazing
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“For all their simplicity, humans could be remarkably perceptive, though they didn't know it most of the time, and their ability to thrust straight through deception and see to the heart of truth was often lost with childhood. By adulthood humans had trained themselves to be coy and manipulative in response to the coy and manipulative society in which they lived, which led them to believe that everyone was trying to be as coy and manipulative as themselves and were uncertain about what was true and what was not. Beyond their few flashes of clarity, everything became a muddle of colliding doubts.” 6 likes
“Most distinguishable about the idiot, Hedge noted, was their fear of that which was different. Those who feared difference always made a point of finding difference in others in order to feel more secure in their sameness.” 4 likes
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