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In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China - a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.
Disguised in Mandarin robes, Fortune ventured deep into the country, confronting pirates, hostile climate, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production, the remote Wu Yi Shan hills. One of the most daring acts of corporate espionage in history, Fortune's pursuit of China's ancient secret makes for a classic 19th-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man.
©2010 Sarah Rose (P)2010 Tantor
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“A delicious brew of information on the history of tea cultivation and consumption in the Western world.... A remarkably riveting tale.” (Booklist)
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By ctfromnh on 03-15-11

One author who writes well but narrates terribly!

Sorry, but I agree with many of the other reviewers on this one. And this is the first review I've written for Audible, even though I've been a happy customer for nearly 7 years!

This author's narration style really annoyed me. Her chirpy intonation made me feel about 5 years old. Additionally, there were several words she did not know how to pronounce, and this grated on my ears. I do give her credit for attempting many Chinese names and phrases, but I have no way of knowing if she was producing them correctly or not.

I love tea and the history and chemistry and artistry of tea, so I am sticking with this book for now. I'm about 2/3 of the way through, but it has taken me several weeks to get this far. I keep coming back to it, determined to try and finish, and then I can't take it any more and I listen to music or another book for a while. I love the depth of history and research and details, but in this audio version, the narration overshadows all.

Was there no one else who could perform this book with distinction?

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By S. Hane on 09-09-11

Interesting story; poor narration.

The book itself is interesting, and I would like to read it in book form. However, the author's narration seriously detracts from the listening experience. It frequently sounds as though she is trying to keep the attention of a class of eighth graders, and the occasional mispronounced word is truly annoying.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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