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  • Salt: A World History | Mark Kurlansky

    Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World | Mark Kurlansky

    Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    Talk about a fish story! New York Times and Harper's columnist Mark Kurlansky offers "history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." David McCullough, the historian behind John Adams, says Kurlansky's "charming tale" of a "seemingly improbable idea" will change the way people think of the fish and the history.

    Karen says: "A great fish story"
  • The Basque History of the World | Mark Kurlansky

    The Basque History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Inhabiting the small corner where France meets Spain, the Basque speak their own language, Euskera. Evidence of their culture showed up as early as 218 BC, and now, with a population of 2.4 million, their influence on our world has been all-pervasive. In this "delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation," listeners will be enthralled as Kurlansky delves into the roots of an intriguing population, and shows us why they continue.

    Perry says: "An eye opener that will break your heart"
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World | Mark Kurlansky

    Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    Author Mark Kurlansky pleasantly surprised the world with this engaging best-seller that garnered rave reviews from critics and casual readers alike. His subject for this whimsical biography is the codfish, a species remarkable for its influence on humanity. Cod, Kurlansky argues, has driven economic, political, cultural and military thinking for centuries in the lands surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Nations like England and Germany have waged wars for cod.

    David says: "Informative and fun."
  • Paper: Paging Through History | Mark Kurlansky

    Paper: Paging Through History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
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    Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability.

    C. D. Zuff says: "Flawed Recording Ruins a Fascinating History"
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell | Mark Kurlansky

    The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
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    Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

    Ruth says: "If you are in to history..."
  • Havana: A Subtropical Delirium | Mark Kurlansky

    Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than 30 years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball and food; its five centuries of outstanding neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures.

  • 1968: The Year That Rocked the World | Mark Kurlansky

    1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
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    In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

    phineas says: "Great book, terrible reader"
  • Basque History of the World | Mark Kurlansky

    Basque History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has drawn enthusiastic praise for his books, which are sharply-focused studies as well as glorious celebrations of their subjects. In The Basque History of the World, he turns his eye toward Europe’s oldest surviving culture - a culture as mysterious as it is fascinating. Settled in the western Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, the Basque nation is not drawn on maps and the origin of their forbidden language has never been discovered.

    says: "Fills a gap in most folks' historical knowledge"
  • Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History | Mark Kurlansky

    Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Ed Begley, Jr., Constance Towers Gavin
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    Mark Kurlansky, winner of the James Beard Award for Excellence in Food Writing, leads us on a mouthwatering culinary tour around the world and through history and culture from the fifth century B.C. to the present day. This wonderful collection contains essays by Plato on the art of cooking, Pablo Neruda on french fries, and many other writers on the passions of cuisine.

    Martin says: "Better on Paper?"
  • The Story of Salt | Mark Kurlansky

    The Story of Salt

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
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    From the team that created the ALA Notable Book The Cod's Tale comes the fascinating history of salt, which has been the object of wars and revolutions and is vital for life. Based on Mark Kurlansky's critically acclaimed best seller Salt: A World History, this handsome picture book explores every aspect of salt: The many ways it's gathered from the Earth and sea; how ancient emperors in China, Egypt, and Rome used it to keep their subjects happy; why salt was key to the Age of Exploration; what salt meant to the American Revolution; and even how the search for salt eventually led to oil.

    Irene M. Timm says: "Nice snapshot for the young"
  • The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America | Mark Kurlansky

    The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Mark Kurlansky's new book takes us back to the food of a younger America. Before the national highway system brought the country closer together, before chain restaurants brought uniformity, and before the Frigidaire meant that frozen food could be stored for longer, the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional. It helped to form the distinct character, attitudes, and customs of those who ate it.

    Sparkly says: "Perhaps better in print."
  • The Cod's Tale | Mark Kurlansky

    The Cod's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    The cod is a large, ugly fish that spends its life with its big mouth wide open for food. For centuries, so many cod lived in the Atlantic Ocean they couldn’t swim without bumping into each other. They were so plentiful that they became the most important fish in many cultures. Best-selling author Mark Kurlansky brings history to life with this entertaining story of how a single fish changed the world.

  • Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man | Mark Kurlansky

    Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Jon Van Ness
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    Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

    K. Lawrence says: "I just couldn't get past the narrator"
  • Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music | Mark Kurlansky

    Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    New York Times best-selling author Mark Kurlansky has turned the seemingly ordinary (salt, the year 1968, the humble cod fish) into some of the most enthralling nonfiction ever written. Now this gifted writer delivers an engrossing and long-awaited first novel.

  • The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester | Mark Kurlansky

    The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Fishing at sea, an ancient trade and a way of life that has defined coastal towns throughout history, may be coming to an end. The culture and traditions of coastal Britain and of seagoing nations everywhere are now threatened with extinction. Celebrated author Mark Kurlansky explores the fate of our oceans and the decline of our most ancient coastal enterprise.

    Eric Walden says: "Love me some Kurlansky!"
  • A Chosen Few | Mark Kurlansky

    A Chosen Few

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
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    Fifty years after it was bombed to rubble, Berlin is once again a city in which Jews gather for the Passover Seder. Paris and Antwerp have recently emerged as important new centers of Jewish culture. Small but proud Jewish communities are revitalizing the ancient centers of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. These brave, determined Jewish men and women have chosen to settle - or remain - in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, but they have paid a price.

  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell | Mark Kurlansky

    The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

  • The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris | Mark Kurlansky

    The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
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    In the town of San Pedro in the Dominican Republic, baseball is not just a way of life. It's the way of life. By the year 2008, 79 boys and men from San Pedro had gone on to play in the Major Leagues - that means one in six Dominican Republicans who have played in the Majors have come from one tiny, impoverished region. Manny Alexander, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez, and legions of other San Pedro players who came up in the sugar mill teams flocked to the United States.

    Maurice says: "Outsanding book"
  • Ready for a Brand New Beat: How

    Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    In 1964, Martha and the Vandellas recorded "Dancing in the Street." at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, "Dancing in the Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history.

    Andy says: "almost as good as the song"
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