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Extended Audio Sample The Olive Tree (Unabridged), by Carol Drinkwater
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (86 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Drinkwater Narrator: Carol Drinkwate Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Olive Tree charts Carol Drinkwater's colourful and often dangerous journey in search of the routes that olive cultivation has taken over the centuries. Set during a springtime Mediterranean that is evocative and perennial, it is above all a tale of our time.

Troubled by challenges her own South of France farm is experiencing - attack by a virulent pest, the premature ripening of the trees' fruits - Carol realises new approaches to farming are becoming essential. Traditional customs have been set aside while the use of excessive chemicals is putting the harvests of her crops (and others) at risk. Changing patterns within the world's climate demand urgent action.

Carol's quest takes her south through Spain - now the home of more olive trees than anywhere else on earth - Morocco, Algeria and Italy before she finally returns to her farm. As a woman travelling alone, she is frequently vulnerable and never more so than in Algeria where, on her arrival, terrorist bombs are exploding, devastating the capital. Determined not to give up, Carol accepts the support of a network of beekeepers who guide her across troubled territories.

Through her travels and vivid, sometimes unlikely encounters, Carol confronts some of the critical issues of our time - land-care and the harsh realities of diminishing water reserves - and ends her momentous journey in the company of olive growers whose vision for the future is remarkable and ingenious. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clare Tissiman connolly | 5/8/2013

    " Was much more interested in the farm house and farming than their personal life and scripts, filming and theatre which is why I have been so harsh most people would enjoy it but if you are into gardening, building and farming it might not be the book for you . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by P. W. Lapwing | 12/29/2012

    " Far too much descriptive verbiage, with little substance. I couldn't finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen McRae | 6/21/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book and it had a lot of information historical and current. it was a bit plodding at times but most of the characters the author met even briefly were described in a way that made them believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by C.interruptus | 2/19/2012

    " Enjoyable, but wordy. And of all the olive tree scholars she consulted, I kept thinking, Come on, there must be one or two *historians* of the olive tree who could answer a few of her endless questions about ancient olive trees and where to find them. "

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