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Allison

Seattle, WA, USA

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  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (235)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    Chris says: "Heartfelt, fun, but slightly plodsome."
    "Highly recommend"
    Overall

    I listened to this book on a long flight to Kyiv, Ukraine and found it very moving. Foer's comparisons of a young American looking for his family's history and an old Ukrainian trying to cope with his past perfectly describes the feelings surrounding Ukraine's current political and social situation. The narration was especially well done with two narrators, making the book even more personal and touching. This book really resonated with me while I was in Ukraine interacting with locals. I highly recommend it.

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  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "I love everything Foer writes."
    Overall

    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.

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