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Banana (Digital Audiobook)

The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

By Dan Koeppel, Paul Woodson (Narrator)

Publication Date: July 11, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/30/2008)
MP3 CD (7/12/2016)
MP3 CD (7/12/2016)
Compact Disc (7/12/2016)
Compact Disc (7/12/2016)
Hardcover (12/27/2007)

Description

To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: in ancient translations of the Bible, the "apple" consumed by Eve is actually a banana.



But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Today's yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight, and there's no cure in sight.



Banana combines a pop-science journey around the globe, a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise, and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture (one does exist)—ultimately taking us to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world's most beloved fruit.


About the Author

Paul Woodson has lived in both the U.S. and England, received a BFA in acting at Boston University, and has been acting and singing since the age of thirteen. He has recorded over seventy audiobooks, many in the historical romance and Highlander genres, as well as fantasy, thrillers, classics, and young adult titles. Now a New Yorker, he has performed in over 100 stage productions, including national tours, regional, and off-Broadway, opposite Robert Goulet, Debby Boone, and other Broadway stars. He enjoys backpacking the Appalachian Trail in his spare time. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.