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    • Salt

    • A World History
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,898
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,290

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More than SALT

    • By Karen on 03-12-03
    • A World History
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 02-20-03
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,898 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Milk!

    • A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the best-selling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic and culinary story of milk and all things dairy - with recipes throughout. According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the goddess Hera's breast milk became our galaxy, the Milky Way.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible narration nearly kills Kurlansky

    • By Scarlatti's Muse on 05-15-18

    Regular price: $25.08

    • 1968

    • The Year That Rocked the World
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, terrible reader

    • By phineas on 08-12-04

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Cod

    • A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 433
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      4 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great fish story

    • By Karen on 10-13-03
    • A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-02
    • 4 out of 5 stars 433 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Cod

    • A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 120

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Informative and fun.

    • By David on 07-02-15
    • A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 08-26-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 127 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Paper

    • Paging Through History
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Flawed Recording Ruins a Fascinating History

    • By C. D. Zuff on 07-18-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Big Oyster

    • History on the Half Shell
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok, but not as good as his "Salt", or "Cod".

    • By Frank H. on 03-22-17

    Regular price: $29.27

    • The Basque History of the World

    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An eye opener that will break your heart

    • By Perry on 12-18-04

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Havana

    • A Subtropical Delirium
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing tale of an amazing island!

    • By Dag Zaggles on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $15.48

    • A Chosen Few

    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Brett Barry
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Basque History of the World

    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fills a gap in most folks' historical knowledge

    • By Anonymous User on 11-23-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Ready for a Brand New Beat

    • How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • almost as good as the song

    • By Andy on 08-13-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Food of a Younger Land

    • The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Perhaps better in print.

    • By Sparkly on 09-11-09

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Story of Salt

    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Brett Barry
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice snapshot for the young

    • By IreneMBBT on 07-03-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Nonviolence

    • The History of a Dangerous Idea
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Richard Dreyfuss
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times best-selling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Birdseye

    • The Adventures of a Curious Man
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Jon Van Ness
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I just couldn't get past the narrator

    • By K. Lawrence on 01-02-13

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Big Oyster

    • History on the Half Shell
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $19.56

    • The Last Fish Tale

    • The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love me some Kurlansky!

    • By Eric Walden on 09-08-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Choice Cuts

    • A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey, Ed Begley Jr., Constance Towers Gavin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Better on Paper?

    • By Martin on 01-19-04

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Eastern Stars

    • How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outsanding book

    • By Maurice on 11-10-10
    • How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: Ed Sala
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 04-23-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

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