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I felt compelled to write a review for this audio book because I was so completely distracted by the narrator's performance, I couldn't enjoy the story. It was very difficult to get into the flow of this book because some words were mispronounced, the cadence of sentences was very bad, and Ms. Farrar's intonation left one wondering when a sentence was starting and finishing. I found myself replaying a sentence in my head after I would hear it trying to figure out how it should have sounded. If you're doing that while listening to an audio book you're missing portions of the story. I'm planning on reading it to really hear the story and to give it another chance.
There is very little here besides a woman traipsing across west Africa. Near the end of the book, even the author is left "wondering, again, at the folly of my obsession." I may have given the book a 2.5 if it were advertised more appropriately, as a journey with no hearty conclusions having very little to say about indigo dye, its production, or the plant itself. Note also, the narrator has a slow, emphatic style which is amazing for dialogue, but she never switches gears when reading factual information and this is very distracting.