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It’s the $10 million heist you’ve never heard of. In a matter of months, dozens of truckloads disappeared from American highways. But what were they carrying? Nuts. Marc Fennell takes you into a rabbit-hole of crime syndicates, stolen identities and private investigators that will change the way you think about food forever. 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in the heart of California but this journey will take you to Italy; the Spanish coast; deep under the earth; and even into space.

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Nut Job, literally!

Never thought I'd be listening to a podcast about nuts being stolen, their history, the hardwork that goes behind each piece. It's an entertaining and eye opening story and I'd recommend that people hear such stories which give you insights into different aspects of life rather than only thinking about our current situation

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a day in life of anut

I didn't get answer how but jobs happen for sure maybe eternal.greed is answer of everything. what I learnt more was how much hardship goes in to produce a nut

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excellent storytelling!

it literally feels you are part of the investigation. Marc has done in depth study and equally good work in narrating incidents.

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Reality of readily available food.

Gives you the global idea of How ready made food or ready to eat food is available everywhere which comes from all the corners of the World.

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quiet enjoyed it!

goes into the socio political historical scientific context rather than just staying a the surface level reportage

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Time well spent

Enlightening to know the background behind almonds and pistachios farming. This audiobook keeps you engaged till the end and the information provided is well researched. Go for it.

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Amazing...

Wow... Loved it... All the events are so elegantly binded to each other and the book touches all sections of a product be it production, researches, marketing strategy, health benefits, environmental & health consequences, cartel... Everything superbly done with amazing narration bringing in live to them...
And last 5 mins of narration in Snowmelt is so touching and true... This statement really caught my ears and mind and I quote "How addicted we are to the illusion of plenty"...

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Beautifully Told Can the Life of Nut be Romantic

I had wonderful time reading /listening to the Story of Nuts. Though what attracted me was the Crime initially of massive heists, I am so glad the work did not just stop at that. The way it ended puts a pondering note on how we take things for granted.
Bit more on History of Almonds would've been nice particularly the Silk Road.

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Amazing insight into a world of nuts

It's truly captivating to know everything about nuts. This book is not just about the heist but everything around it... people, resources, condition, environment...very well produced

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informative

everyone needs to know. good effort. excellent example of investigative and responsible journalism of recent times

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

Pleasantly surprised

I was pleasantly surprised by this selection. It went on tangents that weren’t expected and was quite enlightening.

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  • CWard
  • 05-06-20

An important listen

Initially I wondered why I was listening to this, guys with guns protecting almonds but as the story developed I realised what an important piece this is, giving an insight into agriculture on an industrial scale and the importance of context. The lives of workers, traceability of our food and if something is cheap, who is paying the price? It’s free so give it a listen, and stay with it to the end.

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  • Erin M
  • 06-06-20

Interesting topic

I wasn't sure what to expect from the title. I thought it might be mental health based but it was free so I downloaded it. Nut Jobs actually was a great listen. From nuts being stolen, Oscars disappearing, flawed freight systems in America, water problems in California, effective crime organisations and lots of other issues I hadn't considered, I'll never look at an almond again without thinking of this series.

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  • Richard Williams
  • 06-06-20

I will never look at an almond the same way ever..

Bonkers story that makes you question everything and makes you want to eat something other than nuts!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-20

Wonderfully enlightening

Thank you so much for making me stop and think? unfortunately, humans seem to have an inbuilt greed... until that changes... nothing else will!

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  • Justine S.
  • 15-07-20

So Well done!!!

Billiant investigative insightful unfolding of an amazing story. Mark has such a great aproach revealing so much about the interconected reality of global food processes with peoples lively hoods , the earth and our choises and morality in the balance ....

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  • 11-06-20

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Great sound editing and captivating narration create an amazing story that leads you from one place to another, drawing a big picture around the simple subject of an almond, in which we find ourselves a part of.

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  • S. M. Dillon
  • 09-06-20

Updated Raymond Chandler

A riveting offbeat crime tale. Narrated by Natc Fennell who’s smart and funny. Weaves together organised crime, the cops and private eyes who track it, and the multi-million dollar nut industry based in California’s Central Valley. Takes surprising turns. Has great 70s heist film original music. Makes serious points about the insecurities generated by globalised shipping and the financial pressures brought on agriculture by the 2008 financial crunch.

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  • Eric Dale
  • 09-06-20

Brilliant thought provoking very well paced.

All the above. very relevant in the current era of pandemic. All in all a good listen

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  • Macstiv
  • 09-06-20

food for thought indeed

A lot more than a story about theft. An insightful study on where our food comes from and the lives impacted so that it just appears on the shelf.

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  • darren
  • 09-06-20

really loved it will start to finish

nothing to do with this podcast but whatsoever really enjoyed but it and found it very hard so have to write15 words that how reason like use Audible would be pretty obvious to anyone what we did read this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

Can’t stop listening

I have always been interested in food heists since a million dollars worth of ham was stolen in western Sydney just before Christmas in 2007. Marc is also a good story teller and this is compelling listening.

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  • James
  • 28-08-20

A good but lesser follow-up

Much more sprawling and unfocused than 'It Burns', though this is perhaps appropriate given that the topic is the logistics industry, which sprawls across the globe and—so we learn—is unfocused among a multitude of independent trucking contractors. But whether that parallel was deliberate or not, this podcast lacked narrative cohesion. Fennell is still an engaging host, and he still brings personal angles into the story (this time through his young son). All the individual pieces of information he presents are interesting (I found the episode with Marion Nestle to be particularly illuminating). But he doesn't tie them together and doesn't draw much of a conclusion, to say nothing of solving the titular mystery (he gets no more specific than "probably the Armenian Mafia").

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  • readingbynumbers
  • 11-06-20

Crack a nut case and learn a few things

If you enjoy investigative journalism and care about food and people, what are you waiting for? Just tune in!
And I mean that on five different levels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-20

interesting food crime series

I really enjoyed this! it was quirky and entertaining and sad. Finished it very quickly and I wish there was more.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 31-08-20

Unexpectedly fascinating

Marc Fennell has written an entertaining 'crime thriller' about the theft of an awful lot of nuts in California. Along the way, often via guests who are either people involved in the case or experts, he tells us a lot about the food industry, especially the complex web by which food is transported to local cities, and to ports from which it can be exported overseas. I listened to Marc's previous book It Burns and enjoyed that too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-20

A tough nut to crack, excellent series.

Thought provoking and fascinating. never take any food for granted. Excellently presented by Mark Fennell.

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  • Tony
  • 06-06-20

where does my food come from

this is a very enlightening account of food production challenges in California, how it supplies the world, and the costs to the planet and humanity. as well as being a crime and technology battle. a good listen.
my only gripe is the background noise and sound effects were distracting. but the were part of the story at times

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  • Amy Thyer
  • 06-06-20

Captivating quality content

Marc (once again) emotional invests me into a topic I wouldn’t have stumbled upon alone (and with such outstanding suspenseful story telling and funky tunes). The deep contemplation of the story and journey of all the humans behind the nuts (and food in general) in my pantry will never leave my mind or cease to weigh on my heart as I strive to live a more conscious and kind life. Amazing work Marc and all involved, I can’t wait for what’s next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-20

So many perspectives

A wonderful ride through an event and the circumstances which caused it all to happen.

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  • Anonymous
  • 02-06-20

Fascinating, totally hooked!

Marc Fennell's done it again. I loved It Burns. This new podcast is awesome too - a fresh and fun twist on the true crime genre, totally hooked.

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