He definitely persuaded me that the processed food we eat is really bad--completely dependent on non-stop antibiotics, raised in gross conditions, and dependent on transportation over thousands of miles. He also persuaded me that the way he raises animals and the way he farms is better for the earth, better for people's health, and better for his local community. But he goes on WAY TOO MUCH about his political beliefs which I find are poorly thought through and internally inconsistent. The last few chapters I had to skip entirely because I got so tired of it. But the first part of the book was better and very interesting.
Too much political diatribe that became tiresome to hear.
It was well narrated and entertaining except toward the end when it veered into politics.
Not unless he gets control over his political preaching.
If the politics were cut out, it would be about 2/3 as long and would be a better book.
Joel Salatin is very intelligent and very entertaining.
Salatin's analysis of government's intervention in our lives is spot on.
When the author reads their own material you get a better insight into their intention.
Yes, I would have loved to have listened to the entire book in one sitting.
Definitely a must have for your audible library.
This is the first audible book I have listened to.
Joel Salatin's "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer".
His rants on industrial agriculture.
There were many tidbits that stuck with me, for example did you know that factory farm eggs are dipped in chlorine to sanitize them? I didn't.
This audible is filled with Mr. Salatin's rantings. It is a mix of opinions, facts, and instructions, but a different read from his "how-to" books. Although I don't agree with all his points he makes, most of them are great. This audible was an entertaining, humorous, and at times endearing listen. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants the perspective of a progressive "lunatic" farmer on America's food systems.
Entertaining, Eye-Opening, Inspiring
I loved Joel's excellent laymen's terms descriptions of his animal-care philosophy
I spaced it out to a few chapters a sitting. There's just so much to think about in this book.
Don't be put off by any political or religious differences you may have with the author. His tone throughout the book is plain-spoken, inclusive and always seeking the common ground. It was such a wonderful and refreshing change from the tribalistic hyperbole that permeates most discussions about food, diet, industry and government. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
I have listened to this book several times and undoubtedly will again. Joel comes across as very real and his heartfelt coming to terms with issues that affect all of us should resonate with everyone, regardless of his or her religious beliefs. Joel briefly discusses his beliefs without making any judgments. The fact of the matter is, if you like food, if you value your health, you MUST read Joel Salatin!!
Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is also excellent, introduces the reader to Joel Salatin and what he does. Pollan does not bring religion to the table, but provides much food for thought as to where our food comes from and how healthy or unhealthy it is.
No. As far as I know, this is the only audio book he has done. I wish he would do the other books he has written in audio as well. I am in the process of buying his books one by one.
I laughed at many of the stories Joel tells. He is a gifted communicator and paints vivid word pictures.
I knew of Joel Salatin before I read Michael Pollan, as he is well-known in magazines like Mother Earth News, Backwoods Home, and Grit, etc. However, I was not aware that he calls himself a conservative Libertarian or that he was a Christian. After listening to his book I think we all should hear what he has to say and take action. We are, after all, responsible for our own health and lives.
Felix Del Barrio
If Joel were an egg, he would be a golden one. This book is yet another example of his infectious enthusiasm for one of the worlds most noble art forms.
Joel, if you're reading this, thank you. It's a wonderful book.
It's eye-opening from start to finish. I wish it were required reading for humans worldwide.
Let it flow
Yes, Very informative and a lot to digest. I will listen to it 5 times more if I feel like I need to.
Very personable. Felt like I was being engaged in a one o one conversation.
Life changing. I don't say that often.
It's about farming, ethics, environment, family, and harmonizing our lives with our surroundings. Life changing book for me.
Yes. Great content. Edit it to reduce repetitiveness, then I’d say everyone should read/listen to this book. I found myself wishing I could speed up the delivery.