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.
Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits - from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth - and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told - and the stories we now need to tell.
©2009 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both." (J. M. Coetzee)
"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." (O, The Oprah Magazine)
interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.
I highly recommend this book. The author shares his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. The book is well researched, engaging, thought provoking and philosophical. He considers the issues associated with eating animals from both a cultural, ethical, and nutritious standpoint. His in depth exploration of the horrors of factory farming, both for the animals as well as for people, make the book a must read. I've always cared about animals, but this book was an eye opener for me. I didn't realize how badly we're treating food animals, nor did I fully understand the consequences to me and my family. My only complaint is that he didn't explore milk and egg production in more detail...
The narration is great and the book is a must listen! It will give you a lot to chew on
Yes, I found the story and the variety of the information informative and entertaining.
I suppose the author, because in a sense it was his journey.
There is an added intensity and playfulness that keeps the listener from wondering off in thought at the mention of a concept or idea.
No, but in fairness I did truly appreciate a fresh approach to a stale topic.
J.T.Ross has a good voice, but his narration was too slow and it made the book boring. I listen to three books per week, but I could not finish this one due to the slow narration.
Have a narrator that reads at an acceptable speed.
Same as above.
I bought the book because I was looking for an honest and unbiased look at the topic. Foer starts off strong and then by the middle of the book has his cards laid out on the table fully. I was really starting to like the book and then it turned so strongly toward the anti-meat side of the issue that it was hard to take the million and one reasons/stats he laid out for why vegan/vegitarianism is the right way to go too seriously. He debunks the passages he provides from those speaking on behalf of the current system and props up the passages from those on his side. Too biased to take seriously. Stopped listening in the middle.
I loved the mixture of storytelling and research. I learned so much without feeling preached to.
I felt inspired to do better after reading Eating Animals. It was encouraging without being judgemental.
I cannot remember her name but it would be the vegetarian wife of the rancher. She explained herself perfectly.
The cost of ignorance.
After reading countless reviews about this book I was shocked to see how critical some people are. Jonathan was described as arrogant by omnivores and a fake by vegans. Nowhere did I find Jonathan to be condescending or judgemental. He was simply educating me as a reader. As for being labeled as a fake because he isn't 100% vegan 100% of the time I think that's shameful. He has reached more readers than any other vegan I know and has definitely changed my view on eating meat. I've by no means given it up but I've found an alternate source from a small farm nearby my house where animals aren't treated like inventory. I also think before I buy/consume meat and see it in a whole new light. I really appreciate him doing all of the leg work and sharing what he's learned. At the very least it will enlighten you.
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The presentation was based very-well written, base on facts, read without emotion, and very persuasive.
All were excellent. The voice of the author was my favorite.
Make your own decision after hearing the facts.
Maybe staunch vegetarians will like this book more.
Life of Pi... only because it's next in my library.
He only really has one character -- Jonathan Safran Foer's voice. Ross is the only reason I am giving this more than one star, since he did a pretty great job reading.
Yeah, yeah... I get what JSF is trying to do here. He's trying to make the reader understand where our food comes from and how that relates to our food choices. And he's trying to make an argument for eating vegetarian. Here's the problem: He pukes out a lot of facts, but there's also a large variety of instances when he neglects to connect his own pre-stated facts, or quoted experts, to his experiences investigating the food industry. An example: He quotes Temple Grandin early in the book. When he is visiting a boutique slaughterhouse about halfway through the book, he begins to speculate as to why the pigs are slaughtered somewhere not visible to where they are held, and why they are put in a machine that grips them around the middle prior to them being bolted. He suggests that it's because this slaughterhouse is hiding something from regulators. He blatantly says that no one can explain to him the purpose to the machine that "hugs" them or why they are slaughtered in a place that is not visible to the other pigs/humans. COME ON MAN. It's commonly documented that Temple Grandin developed this method to help keep animals calm while they're going through the slaughter process. The hug machine: calms them down. The slaughter room is not visible to help KEEP THE ANIMALS CALM. Some people have called this an "even keeled" book, but I'm sorry... it's not. "Fast Food Nation" is more even keeled. "The River Cottage Meat Book" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsall talks about some of the same things as this book, but from the personal perspective of raising a beef cow for its whole life cycle -- birth to slaughter. Peter Singer's book "The Way We Eat: Why our Food Choices Matter" is more informative and nuanced. Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" is DEFINITELY more interesting. Foer's book, when it comes down to it, is a self-righteous, touchy-feely, vaguely whiny treatise for vegetarianism, and as an omnivore who tries to make intelligent and educated choices about what I eat, I found it to be extraordinarily insulting. Foer should stick to fiction. He's much better at it.
very important information to consider, the subject matter will make you question your ethics for a range of topics and force you to face the fact that one needs to be informed in order to make their decision.
I would like everyone I know and more to read/listen to this book. It has opened my eyes to horrible world of factory farming. Although I already new a lot about the horrors I never had the "balls" to stop eating meat. After listening to this book I was kicked into gear! Not only are their moral reasons to stop eating meat, but their are health, societal, and environmental reasons.
I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)
This is the first non-fiction book that I have listened to, and I thought the reader was average. He made strange pauses and there was too much wait time inbetween chapters.
The book itself is amazing overall with the amount of facts that it holds. Foer makes some philosophical leaps that I can't hang with, but on the whole this is a book that you can't ignore and forces you to look at your moral code and decisions on a daily basis.
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