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  • Summary

  • Gold winner of the Best Documentary Podcast and Best Serialised Podcast Trophies at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards

    Winner of the Best Podcast Trophy at the 2020 Mumbrella Publish Awards

    Bronze winner of the Best True Crime Podcast at the 2020 Australian Podcast Awards

    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.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast and a Somethin' Else production. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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  • May 31 2020

    No one saw it coming. It was one of the most outlandish and complex heists that struck one of the most important agricultural districts in the world.

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    25 mins
  • May 31 2020

    Marc is embedded with private investigators to better understand the scene of the crime, how the crimes go down and get closer to understanding who the criminals are.

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    31 mins
  • May 31 2020

    We meet one of the first victims of the heists & the small town police tasked with the job of tackling the crime.

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    34 mins

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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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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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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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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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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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So many perspectives

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

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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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A story with a trick instead of a resolution

For the majority of the text the writer who is no doubt a deft writer and journalist lays out the context and allegations of the storry but then instead of a resultion where the perpetrators are identified and brought to justice an abrupt deviation occurs where a tirade on climate change is the only objective. Though scientifically accurate it is becoming tiresome having an activist tirade as a conclusion instead of a resolution to what was in fact the subject written on the cover of the series.

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Peaks early

Starts off great but obviously struggling to find content in the last 2 episodes going off on wild tangents and then the compulsory "we're destroying the world" statement at the end.

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Disappointing 'who dunnit' that doesn't get solved

This could have been a much greater story. I was left disappointed as it is basically just a bunch of sound bites from various parties involved with Marc's opinion or feelings in between.
The case doesn't get solved, and in the end it becomes less about the crime and more about food security and the environment.

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  • Christa Loftin
  • 14-09-2020

Great Podcast, Don't Listen to the Nay Sayers!

First of all, this is a podcast about true crime, not a robbery story. The journalist dives into the seedy world of agricultural crime and explains to the listener how socioeconomic's, corporate greed, environmental deterioration, and agricultural theft are all intertwined. This is not "personal political drivel,", or an "attack on Republicans", or "liberal BS". It is is a factual account of how and why agricultural theft is going on in our world today. First of all, the journalist is from Australia and is not accustomed to some of our American culture. Especially our gun culture. Therefore this is reflected in the narration of this part of the podcast. I won't spoil it for you but it IS NOT an "attack on Republicans" as one reviewer put it. Second, this doesn't have to do with just the theft of nuts and dives into the socioeconomic, corporate, and environmental world. As a Business major, I found this absolutely fascinating and relevant.

After listening to this podcast, it made me take a serious look at where my food comes from and who my money actually benefits. It also made me wonder how those companies treat their employees and am I funding what amounts to abuse. If you are a Marketing, Agricultural, Business, or Logistics major I highly recommend you listen to this podcast and do some further research. You'll be astounded at what you find. Even if you're just a regular, every day person, I highly recommend this for the same reasons. If anything, it will make you think about the life cycle of how your food got on your table and who it actually was that made that possible.

Great, great listen.

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  • Ronald Severson
  • 31-08-2020

Not about the crime.

Author starts by reviewing a crime and then turns it to a political story by making the criminal into the victim.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-2020

Dont miss out on this one.

I can not believe there was only one review written before mine. This short series is informative, entertaining and well paced. Also who wouldn't want to hear someone say "Nut Heist" a bunch of times in an Australian accent? Give this one a listen, you will be glad you did.

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  • Teri
  • 12-09-2020

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Not a fan.
Stopped listening after the second episode; he seemed to think this was a joke. Didn’t appreciate the uncalled for opinions of guns, stereotypical ‘Republicans’ (guess they all wear body armor) and the criticism of the investigators who were trying to show him what he asked for.
Too bad as the subject was interesting but the narrator was not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-2020

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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  • Megan
  • 08-09-2020

Unusual true crime

This audiobook makes you think twice about everyday foods. It was enjoyable with lots of twists and turns! Hearing an Australian experience various nuances of American life was also highly amusing.

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