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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark J. Plotkin Narrator: Mark J. Plotkin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781423358657
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Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice has been called one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

As then-chief ethnobotanist for Conservation International, Mark Plotkin spent almost 15 years tracking the shamans of the northeast Amazon. Their knowledge of healing plants may hold the cure to some of today's most devastating diseases. This audiobook is the thrilling account of his apprenticeship to these powerful wise men, a gripping journey into a wild and wonderful world seldom glimpsed by outsiders.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Sharpe | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one as well as The Serpent and the Rainbow. There is another Wade Davis book you might like... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/16/2014

    " I have heard him speak and Plotkin is awesome. A fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 2/13/2014

    " This book took me opn a journey (and would I hope any other reader) through what it is like to experience all the things you might imagine exist in the rain forest and DO. Submerging yourself in a world like no other ever been a dream, or a passing fancy? You will love this. It is readable in a immersive style where you are Mark; voyaging to and from experience to nightmare to sadness for the position of the tribes survival. While politics are low-key they are not ignored either; but not at all focused on thoughout the entire book at all. You get the full on journey with an educator on your hip as you venture through the rivers and forests of South America, allowed to try the drinks and potions, and waking up the next morning to start onward again. The description of the tribes are wonderful, and this makes the small bit of political language all the more potent. That is what this book is: potent. Full of intoxicating stories you will want to re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawna | 2/11/2014

    " I am inspired and alarmed. This is a really important book, and I think that I will be affected by these stories for the rest of my life. I was completely ignorant. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gervaze | 2/7/2014

    " By Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., an ethnobotanist formerly with Conservation International, this is a very good book for those of us with a both scientific bent as well who share an interest for the intrigues of other realities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 1/20/2014

    " Awesome book but it starts out slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/18/2014

    " Fabulous journey into the Amazon Rain Forest with a renown ethnobotonist. I've read it at least three times and plan on reading it at least three more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 1/17/2014

    " amazing book. everyone should read it right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " Excellent book with a version written for children done with Lynne Cherry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haleigh | 12/23/2013

    " Not just for "science people", fascinating and entertaining story, sadly not enough "regular" people will read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melyssa | 12/17/2013

    " Awesome! Learning about Indigenous resource use and folklore in South America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie | 12/10/2013

    " I read this book a few years ago and it has stayed with me since then! It is a great read which makes you think about our global world and the amazing knowledge and understanding of aboriginal shamans lost with each passing year. It will change the way you think about 'modern medicine.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/10/2013

    " this is a great documentation of an ethnobotanist's journey to capture the remains of a dying culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherry Rob | 10/26/2013

    " One of the best books I have read . reads like an adventure book but is true. obviously it made an imprecion on James rollin who wrote a fiction version "Amazonia" also a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/12/2013

    " Absolutely incredible. If only I had a chance to travel and do what this guy has done. Amazing stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jennie | 5/18/2013

    " "...a glipse of a world that, for the Western scientist, is not supposed to exist" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 3/29/2013

    " Not bad, but I was hoping for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 1/1/2013

    " This is a great case study that connects issues of traditional knowledge and intellectual property to the scholars who learn from indigenous people. I can only imagine that this would have great classroom value for a course on intellectual property law or ethics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chava Weiman | 7/25/2012

    " While I'll admit to never haven't heard of an "ethnobotonist" prior to reading this, an interest in herbalism and herbal medicines pointed me to this book. It's a fascinating trip down the Amazon into a world of traditional medicine and healing, shamanism, mysticism other "discredited" fields. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/5/2012

    " I never thought I would find a non-fiction account of an ethnobotonist so interesting. Discover what great secrets the rainforests hold, and how we might be destroying the very plants that could save us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 9/5/2011

    " an ethnologist lives with a number of s. american indians and learns to use their plants and medicines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shalyn Stack | 8/8/2011

    " This was the book that sparked my interest in studying ethnobotany and working with indigenous cultures. This is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 8/1/2011

    " A fascinating look into South American native traditions of sorcery, hallucinogenics, and mystery. Plotkin creates an ethos for doing research while promoting local cultures and allowing them to reap the benefits of western consumption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/14/2011

    " Fascinating. I am reading for a class I am taking along with the Kills within book by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seedfromatree | 10/26/2010

    " Read this, it's short and he did a great job at raising awareness about the the rain forests of South America and the indigenous people, flora, and fauna. The story is inspiring and has the ability to whisk you off to a fantasy world, such as with a fictional work would, however it is a true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/2/2010

    " Loved this book. It makes a compelling argument of the negative aspects of overlooking what the planet provides.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanelle | 8/27/2009

    " Very interesting ethnography! I loved Plotkin's writing style - educational and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/12/2009

    " An interesting anthropological read. The book also illustrates clearly the importance of the rain forests and their inhabitants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/10/2009

    " I had to read this as part of an undergraduate course called "Man & the Global Ecosystem". It's an interesting look into South American culture .. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adriana | 3/4/2009

    " This book was awesome and piqued my love of Ethnobotany. Even if you aren't a plant geek, you can get into this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/13/2009

    " Not bad, but I was hoping for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haleigh | 11/15/2008

    " Not just for "science people", fascinating and entertaining story, sadly not enough "regular" people will read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melyssa | 10/16/2008

    " Awesome! Learning about Indigenous resource use and folklore in South America.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/23/2008

    " Absolutely incredible. If only I had a chance to travel and do what this guy has done. Amazing stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 9/18/2008

    " This is a great case study that connects issues of traditional knowledge and intellectual property to the scholars who learn from indigenous people. I can only imagine that this would have great classroom value for a course on intellectual property law or ethics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/30/2008

    " A Harvard Ethnobotanist lives among Shamans in the Amazon and does drugs with them while finding natural remedies that first world governments exploit. Therefore, he has kept most of his findings locked up in a lab somewhere at Harvard. "

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