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Cafe Neandertal

Nonfiction: History / Science
Unabridged   11.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/14/2017

Cafe Neandertal

Excavating Our Past in One of Europe's Most Ancient Places

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681685595
Digital Download ISBN:9781681685601


Café Neandertal pulls us deeply into the complex mystery of the Neandertals, shedding a surprising light on what it means to be human.

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Product Description

Centered in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, one of Europe’s most concentrated regions for Neandertal and early modern human occupations, writer Beebe Bahrami follows and participates in the work of archaeologists who are doing some of the most comprehensive and global work to date on the research, exploration, and recovery of our ancient ancestors. From this prehistoric perch, Bahrami gets to know first-hand the Neandertals and the people who love them—those who have devoted their lives to them. She is thrown into a world debating not only what happened to these close cousins but also what legacy they have left for those who followed.

Café Neandertal is also a detective story, investigating one of the biggest mysteries of prehistory and archaeology: Who were the Neandertals? Why did they disappear around 35,000 years ago? And more mysteriously, what light do they shed on us moderns? Bahrami takes readers into the thick of an excavation, neck-deep in Neanderthal dirt, and to the front row of the heated debates about our long-lost cousins.


“Narrator Kirsten Potter has a strong, clear voice. She confidently tackles French and Spanish words as well as some of the more tricky archaeological terms.”—Sound Commentary

"The friendly and conversational tone that Potter brings to the work suits the first- person narrative and many interviews nicely, and she handles the French accents and locales of the story with ease." —Booklist Audio Review

"Read by Kirsten Potter, whose nuanced inflection conveys the serious, humorous, ironic, and educational information expertly." —Library Journal Audio Review

"Award-winning writer Bahrami is a delightful guide in this thoroughly enjoyable look into the research and recovery of a group of Neanderthal remains in the French Dordogne region. . . . Highly recommended for archaeology and prehistory buffs and armchair travelers." —Booklist Starred Review

Author Bio

Beebe Bahrami is a professional writer known for award-winning travel, memoir, archaeology, outdoors and adventure, food and wine, spiritual, and cross-cultural writing. Author of The Spiritual Traveler Spain and Historic Walking Guides Madrid, her work also appears in Archaeology, Wine Enthusiast, Bark, The Pennsylvania Gazette, National Geographic books, Michelin Green Guides, Expedition, and Perceptive Travel, among others. She wrote two travel apps, The Esoteric Camino France and Spain and Madrid Walks, and maintains two blogs, Café Oc, on life in the Dordogne, and The Pilgrim’s Way Café, dedicated to exploring the world on foot.