For All the Tea in China

  • by Sarah Rose
  • Narrated by Sarah Rose
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard

Ms Rose wrote a fascinating, well-researched book. However, this is an audiobook, and listening to Ms Rose read the book is akin to sitting in a pre-K classroom. At first you're distracted by the colorful artwork, then gradually you want to sharpen a pencil and stick yourself in the eye to get out.

A British male voice would have enhanced the story, and elevated Ms Rose in the process. Sadly, her voice both distracts and irritates this listener. I would recommend reading the book yourself.
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- S. Mersereau

First Rule of Audio Books

I so wanted to like this book -- and maybe it is as good as I wanted it to be. But I just couldn't make it through more than 45 minutes because of the narration. It's grating and quirky and unpleasant to listen to. I have learned the First Rule of Audiobooks - BEWARE OF BOOKS NARRATED BY THE AUTHOR. I have also developed a new appreciation of good narrators.
Please check the preview before buying - I wish I had.
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- Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio