The Fruit Hunters
- A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession
- Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
- Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-20-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Gollner draws listeners 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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By E. on 09-14-08
This is a journey all over the world, sampling rare (to Americans) fruit, and meeting the fruit lovers who sometimes seem as exotic and rare and the fruit they collect. Their passion and sacrifice are infectious. The author is quite fond of lists, but each factoid is more entertaining than the next, and he generously provides supplemental information on his web site and on YouTube. The first half of the book revolves around history, botany and travel. The second half is more investigative. Highly entertaining.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Henry Scalfo on 07-16-08
Stephen Hoyes narration style is absolutely perfect for this book. Top notch!!
If you enjoyed; Animal Vegetable, Miracle and even Michael Pollens books, then you will find this enjoyable and eye opening as well. Did you ever wondered why the peaches, plums, apples etc...in your supermarket taste more like dry tennis balls than the sweet nectary goodness you expect?
What also makes this book enjoyable are the many interesting and very quirky characters that Adam meets along the way as well as the historical tidbits about fruit. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to foodies. Its a fun and enlightening read (listen).
12 of 13 people found this review helpful