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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (774 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Capella Narrator: Jonathan Aris Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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It is 1895. Robert Wallis, would-be poet, bohemian and impoverished dandy, accepts a commission from coffee merchant Samuel Pinker to categorise the different tastes of coffee - and encounters Pinker's free-thinking daughters, Philomenia, Ada and Emily. As romance blossoms with Emily, Robert realises that the muse and marriage may not be incompatible after all.

Sent to Abyssinia to make his fortune in the coffee trade, he becomes obsessed with slave girl, Fikre. He decides to use the money he has saved to buy her from her owner - a decision that will change not only his own life, but the lives of the three Pinker sisters. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone who is interested in the turn of the century and the dawning of the industrial age in England will enjoy it. As well as those who love coffee or are just hedonists. Mmmm....I'm thinking of a good Kenyan now. Bring on the coffee! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/16/2014

    " If you are a fan of vocabulary, and thrill to see an underused word put to good use, this is a marvelous book. It is also filled with foreshadowing if you are keen enough to think ahead. I wasn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elisha (lishie) | 2/7/2014

    " I am having a hard time finding the words to put my thoughts into a review on this novel. The best word to describe my feelings is DISAPPOINTED. And to me, for a nearly 600 page book, that's disturbing. I was so looking forward to this book since I loved Capella's The Wedding Officer so much. The characters, especially the main one, were not likable in the least bit. Robert had so many non-endearing flaws & sometimes was downright offensive. If I was asked to comment on one thing I liked? The Frog, a VERY small character who took up maybe a complete 3 pages... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Van Buren | 2/1/2014

    " Simply a great book for coffee lovers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/20/2014

    " Enjoyed the book. I was surprised that it ended up being as good as it was. Fun read! "

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

    " It is a rich, evocative, compelling story and I loved it. "

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

    " too good.....................poor Emily..........how i hate her prick husband Brewer...............dere r ppl who die in search f true love and den dere r ppl like Emily who dnt bother......sad :(( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anuradha Murphy | 1/16/2014

    " A very enjoyable read! Combines 19th Century England, love of coffee, romance, a man's self-discovery, and a smattering of the beginnings of the coffee trade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/12/2014

    " A delicous book about fine coffee, Africa, the suffrage movement in London, and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgette Barton | 12/30/2013

    " I really like this guys writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 12/18/2013

    " Although quite different from Capella's first book that I read, "The Food of Love", I still really enjoyed it. He must really know a lot about food and coffee to be able to weave it into his books this way... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/9/2013

    " Very intereting read; delves into the several worlds, of coffee (of course), a poor, young Victorian poet aspiring to be a dandy, his relationships with women and a woman trying to live a liberated life in a male dominated society. Will read others by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma | 9/6/2013

    " Well it is not very often (once a year!) that I give up on a book. I gave it 100 pages, and just couldn't warm to the characters and to be honest it was not my cup of "coffee". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 March | 8/8/2013

    " Coffee, sex, sex as coffee, coffee as sex, some more coffee and sex, some British history from the turn of the 19th century, some African "exoticism", a decent style and an ok plot. umm, don't know what else to add really. 2 and a half stars for this one, let me just note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiran | 7/31/2013

    " Read this for my book club, it's not something I would've found otherwise. A lengthy but quietly accomplished book; draws you in without you realising it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunny | 5/10/2013

    " This is one, fun read. What a great story blended into the history of coffee roasting, selling and marketing globally. I loved this book, sold the heck out of it, and had only one customer call to demand to know how I could have recommended it. Trust me, it's a smooth, rich read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo Tomey | 3/1/2013

    " So far it is just so-so. I am only about 1/3 of the way through....back to you later with more news!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominique | 1/9/2013

    " Hilarious! Very apt. My favourite line "Every time you ponitficate, I shall flatulate" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 11/25/2012

    " cannot get into this book---only made it through 70 pages and have decided to move onto to another book---even tho, i generally hate to 'give up' on a book. perhaps, i will go back to it someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 6/6/2012

    " An interesting bit of historical fiction, especially for a coffee lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/9/2012

    " Overall I really enjoyed this book, but it did have a few spots where it was a fairly slow read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jammies | 11/18/2011

    " Too much poorly written smut, too little suffragism, but a good amount of coffee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/22/2011

    " The writing was well done, the main character easy to identify with and it was very enjoyable to watch him grow up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 6/15/2011

    " Loved this book. An English Scholar writes descriptions for the various flavors of coffee. A great love story too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louette | 5/29/2011

    " As a coffee nut, I was bound to love this book, but it had so much more to offer. Again an aroma of magical realism. It makes you wonder in how many aspects of our lives do we lack descriptive vocabulary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/1/2011

    " Unusual combination of gourmet coffee information, history, intertwined with romance and a bit of erotica. Interesting treatment, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunjo | 12/19/2010

    " Hero needed a good kick, but the subject matter was quite interesting and the story kept moving, albeit pretty slowly at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 11/22/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone who is interested in the turn of the century and the dawning of the industrial age in England will enjoy it. As well as those who love coffee or are just hedonists. Mmmm....I'm thinking of a good Kenyan now. Bring on the coffee! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marg | 9/5/2010

    " Liked it more than I thought I would by the end, but I can't grade higher than 3.5/5 given how objectionable the main character was. "

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