This is the kind of book that can really change your life. . . and you don't have to become a convert to anything for this to happen. As you listen to the book, you simply will become more broadly aware of the world of food and how it is produced. Michael points out that it is odd that we live in a society wherein an investigative journalist is required to find out where our food comes from. And the stories of the different meals he presents here are simply fascinating. By the end of the book, I found myself wondering how the fennel plants growing on the side of the road would taste, and how could I harvest them. Thank you Michael and thank you Scott. Well done. . . and very rare at the same time.
I loved this, start to finish! I didn't quite get why I was being buried in corn at the beginning, but the weight of it was removed at the end. Michael Pollan is a compelling storyteller who leaves you to find the moral. I thank him for the journey, and the thought-provoking oberservations. Digging into Second Nature now, and delighted that he narrates it himself.
I give this book 4 stars because I think the content is very important. If you care about the environment, your children, or your health; you should pay close attention.
It didn't get five stars from me for two reasons. One is that certain passages (such as on the pathos of hunting) were simply too long without adding any significant amount of substance relative to the theme of the book.
The other reason is the narration. It's the first book I've listened to to that was narrated by Scott Brick. I found people either like him very much or dislike him very much. I'm somewhat sorry to say that I fall in with the latter group. I found his voice edgy and preachy and I had to go away from it for a couple of weeks to take a break. I think what several people in both positive and negative comments have described as the 'dramatic' element of his voice is what I found unduly annoying. This is a tough subject, and perhaps the text can be a bit preachy itself at times. Adding a preachy tone for the reader was over the top to me. I would have very much enjoyed a calmer, fireside chat kind of read. I will think twice before listening to another book read by him, but with all the praise for him, I will consider it.
Pollan's book is well-written, engaging and thought-provoking, though also disturbing. I give the content 5 stars. The problem is the narration. The narrator is so in love with his own voice that it is hard to follow the words. He has these odd inflections and cadences that make it more like a poetry reading or perhaps pulpit preaching. It made it hard to follow Pollan's ideas. I've given up on the audio version and will get the print version instead.
I bought this book (actual book) 3 years ago and never had the time to finish it. No I've already listen to it twice on audio book. This is one book that makes you think.
An eyeopening book that explores where our food comes from and where it SHOULD come from. Every omnivore (and herbivore) should read this if only to know what they're putting in their bodies and know they have a choice and how to go about making that choice. I was even more of a fan of Eating Animals but this was a softer story with a lighter message.
loved the book, Didn't like the reader. I have recommended this book to everyone I know. it is a "must have" for your library.
I could not listen to this book. I think Michael Pollan is amazing and the book is fascinating, timely and revelatory, but I cannot listen to Scott Brick. His delivery is wooden and formulaic with terrible tics of expression that do not correspond to or respect the cadence of the prose. I feel like he has a tin ear, and I will never buy a book read by him.
So intresting to know know where your food comes from and how it is made and processed, this book has changed the way I eat.
This book, as well as 'Born to Run' have completely changed my life. It has forced me to look at what I'm eating and realize that it's not at all healthy. This book made me a vegetarian. Get it, it's worth ten credits!