The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Obsession, Commerce, and Adventure

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Tasty, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal—fruits have led nations into wars, fueled dictatorships, and even lured us into new worlds. Adam Leith Gollner weaves business, science, and travel into a riveting narrative about one of earth's most desired foods.

Listeners will discover why it is that although countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are available in supermarkets. Gollner explores the political machinations of multinational fruit ...

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Overview

Tasty, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal—fruits have led nations into wars, fueled dictatorships, and even lured us into new worlds. Adam Leith Gollner weaves business, science, and travel into a riveting narrative about one of earth's most desired foods.

Listeners will discover why it is that although countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are available in supermarkets. Gollner explores the political machinations of multinational fruit corporations, exposing the hidden alliances between agribusiness and government and what that means for public health. He traces the life of mass-produced fruits—how they are created, grown, and marketed—and he explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored, and even forbidden in the Western world.

Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka–like world with mangoes that taste like piña coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters—from smugglers to explorers to inventors—this extraordinary book unveils the hidden universe of fruit.

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"A fresh, juicy and highly satisfying treat." —-Kirkus
Publishers Weekly
The world is chockfull of fruits and Gollner's goal is not only to taste as many as possible but to interact and explore those fully immersed in "fruit culture." From fruitarians (fruit-eaters only) to fruit smugglers, Gollner reveals a side of fruits that many will find astonishing. He also succinctly educates listeners on the wide diversity and appeal of fruits and why so many cultures have such deep emotional-even erotic-relationships with these earthbound wonders. Gollner's world travels provide many interesting details and explanations about the relationship between fruit and culture. Stephen Hoye captures Gollner's excitement and energy quite well. Overall, his voice is relaxing, though he has an odd speech pattern of lingering a moment too long at the end of sentences. A Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400107452
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Hoye has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. He has recorded many other notable titles, such as Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong and The Google Story by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.

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