No. I had high hopes for the topic, but it ended up being more about corn and grass than I ever wanted to know.
No. I know this is a bit petty, but his voice was awful to listen to. So dull and drone-like, very boring.
While I appreciate the immense amount of research that went into the book, it could've been MUCH shorter. The author kept repeating the same things over and over and added one to many useless anecdotes.
I couldn't even finish the book. And in the 24 years I've been reading, there's only one other book I've not finished due to boring story/bad writing (Eragon).
Great book, but the wrong narrator. Audible should really hire a different person to read the book, then let us all reload the title.
The narrator is perhaps we'll suited to a science-mystery TV show, but his delivery spoils the book for me.
I'm going to return it, based only on narration.
What to eat?
I am impress by the detail of his research and the comprehensiveness of his research. Good information about the different ways to obtain food. Well written so there isn't a clear bias as to which method of eating is better than another. He was able to present information without preaching.
topic can be boring, but he seems to pull it off well.
the amount of feces that the farm animals are surrounded in.
it really was a good story - I looked forward to listening every day and was a little sad when it ended
have not read or listened to anything like this before - right after I finished this, I listened to "in defense of food" by the same author, which was more or less a continuation of this book, but it would not have been as good if I hadn't heard this one first.
I disagree with the other reviewers that say he is too dramatic - it is a dramatic story and his performance is very fitting
no - it was a lot of information to take in, so it was perfect for me in 30-40 minute sections during my walk to and from work
I really loved it - one of the most interesting things i've ever listened to!
I found it to be well written by a highly informed author. Really interesting story about the process and history of food.
it made me think about food production and inspired me to do more at my farm.
I really, really want to listen to this book. But Scott Brick is driving me mad. His reading distracts from the substance of the book. I keep flashing back to his performances of many, many other books I have listened to. His talents are much more suited to a novel. Even then, I don't think I can listen to anything else by Scott Brick. I searched the other Michael Pollan books to find different narrators, but alas, Scott shows up over and over. A few are narrated by Michael himself, will have to listen to the previews, and hope for the best.
Buy the book, because I can't stand to listen.
Michael Pollan, please release a version with your own narration.
The story and detail of the book was as expected, if you liked In Defense of Food, you'll like this.
The narrator was AWESOME. Really, he knocked it out of the park.
The book is divided into Three Parts following an Introduction:
Introduction: OMG I have to read this thing!?
Part I: Holy F! there is corn everywhere!
Part II: Shut up! Just shut up already!
Part III: A narcissist's narrative of Northern California.
That being said, the book offers a compelling, complicated, thought provoking story, as much biography as anything else. No solutions, only problems, except per chance you are wealthy enough to keep company with a world class chef.
I wish that the author had more critically evaluated whether "organic" food is better for consumers and the environment and whether growing all food according to organic principles would be economically feasible. While citing a few (unconvincing) studies to suggest that organically grown fruits and vegetables have more nutrients than non-organically grown ones, he didn't critically examine the notion that organic farming is eco-friendly. Arguments can be made to the contrary, for example that organic farming requires more space per unit of output and that production of organic fertilizer is inefficient and unsustainable. (For a good presentation of this argument, listen to "Abundance" by Steven Kotler.) The author also seemed to accept at face value the claim that locally-sourced food has a lower carbon footprint and is better for the environment, which is not likely to be true in general (locally sourced bananas in Sweden, anyone?).
I've heard a lot of good things about this book, and when I listened to it, I now know why. Michael Pollan takes you on a beautifully written journey through the world of what we eat, and more importantly, what we eat eats!
The book is informative, and funny and disgusting at times, but you come away with a completely different view of the world of food. Thanks to the Omnivore's Dilemma, I can now make much better decisions about what I eat. Thank you Mr. Pollan.