I thought this book was very informative. Foer poses the heavy questions in the same personal, unassuming manner as his fiction writing. A great read for someone considering the ethics of food.
I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and I've probably read most of the best known books on the subject, but this one is one of the best!
It's a little graphic at points (nothing that I haven't heard already), but I think in this day and age, that's what it takes to get anyone's attention.
I thank the author for keeping this very important topic in front of us, especially in this age of global warming and awareness.
This books deals with a lot of things we don't usually talk about, and it really makes you face facts. When I listened to the parts about factory farming and treatment of animals, it strengthened my resolve to do more research into this subject, and I have. This book was easy to listen to and provided many good examples, stories, comparisons, and facts. I would recommend it to anyone who is even consdering becoming a vegetarian.
Although represented as a blend of philosophy, literature, science, memoir, etc, this book is really about the abuses of factory farms. Any health benefits of a vegetarian diet are not even considered. Although I agree with the writer's opinion that our eating meat supports a cruel industry, I would not have purchased the book just to hear that theme repeated hour after hour. I expected something more thoughtful.
While I am sympathetic to the goals of this book, I could only stand about an hour of the slow, tedious narration. I'm going to switch to the printed version. Plus, the first part spends way too much time on the author's own journey. I didn't need yet another "Jewish grandmother as survivor" story. Nor could I relate to the author who admitted that he grew up hating dogs until finding one cute enough to melt his heart. But if he succeeds in raising awareness about animal cruelty and ensuring that fewer of us cause them hurt, then bravo.
Nicely done. This expose on the agri-industry will give you a glimpse behind the Styrofoam packaging that your food comes in.
Putting books on the back burner.
This is a good book. It's very helpful and alarming what we eat. If you liked Fast Food Nation, this book goes more in depth. I would turn Vegan after reading this book, but I love eating mass produce cheap meat, but that's just me.