I cannot take anymore of Scott Brick's reading. It is a non-stop harangue;a scolding that goes on for hours. I have read the book and loved it and wanted to "re-read" it on my iPod, but I can't take it. If you enjoy someone preaching like it's hell and damnation around every corner, go for it. It's NOT for me!
The book- Drags on at times, but overall has very interesting information. Perhaps would be better in book format.
The narration- Unbearable. As others have noted, arrogant, unnecessarily dramatic, and smug. I was regularly distracted by the narration. This alone is reason to not buy.
I have tried repeatedly but the narrator's overly stimulated and oratorial style is too annoying. I have listened to many audiobooks (surely over a hundred by now) and this is only the second one that bothered me like this.
This is a shame because I really love to be told stories. I have the hardcover copy, and will have to read it myself...
I could not bear to listen to this after about 2 hours. Actually, I gave it 2 hours but I was disenchanted within the first hour. It starts out dull and gets duller. It was pedantic and tedious and the narrator's voice was irritatingly superior. I hate to be harsh, but this was just dreadful.
There was some interesting factual material here puffed up with way too much tiresome, self-indulgent fluff. Pollan does not convince me that the "dilemma" is what is crucial to our nutritional lives. And I'm sorry, but Scott Brick is an extremely annoying narrator. I will never buy any book ready by him again.
Thought I should put the put the book down early on, but didn't, and finally and thankfully stopped about half way through.
I felt like each of the 3 points being made could have been done so in half the space. The style of writing bludgeons you over the head. I understand and appreciate the arguments he makes; however, I was frequently wishing he would move on to the next point. Instead, I felt like I was stuck in argument purgatory.
love the book. after listening you learn 2 things. First, corn is the route of all our problems. Second, I don't really want to eat meat any more, but not sure veggies are that good for you.
Who is the audience for this book? It is not an academic work yet not a book a general audience would enjoy. It felt like I was listening to Pollan's journal as he investigated various subjects for a research paper. I found it astonishing he could turn a short trip to an Iowa corn farm, a weeklong trip to Polyface farm, and a couple of hunting trips into such a long book. The flowery language, particularly through the hunting expeditions just went on and on and on. I pride myself in getting through all my book selections and did get through this book, however finishing it was a supreme test of stamina; it definitely hurt more than most - a textbook on nutrition would be more engaging. No answers given here and the insights seemed specific only to Pollan.
The narrator is also used for too many of Audible's books and is characterless.
For everyone who is tired of living in the dark... this book is a must read/listen. Michael Pollan digs deep into the under belly of our industrialized food world we live in today and tells the truth. The truth is after you hear this book you will change your eating habits forever... or at least think before you put food into your mouth. I would and will recommend this book to all who will listen.