For All the Tea in China

For All the Tea in China

How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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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 nineteenth-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400195374
1400195373
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (480 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Mouziey
Jan 13, 2017

Teatacular history of the origins of tea; I did not know I was taking tea-ology class. 4th disc had a few "clifthanging" moments due to scratches. I really went out and had a more indepth
look at the various teas discussed even tried seaping it similar. Looking forward to going on a botanist mini expedition; wow those methods of collecting and cultivating plants from cuttings is remarkable if they did it in the simpliest form in those antique times these high price methods may be over kill....tea...tacular book not to over look. 5 cups tea to teabook.

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8Trak
Mar 29, 2014

The story was fascinating but the narrator (author) wasn't the best with inflections and emphasis when delivering the message. Story gets 3 1/2 stars, narrator 1 1/2.

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gmwil50n
Apr 15, 2011

Audiobook: The author tries to read her own work, which really didn't work for me. Her voice is extremely irritating, so I had to give up after a while as she was driving me crazy.
It's a shame, because the subject sounds really interesting. I'll find time to read the book instead.
Why couldn't they get somebody "good" to read it instead?

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