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Eating Animals Audiobook

Eating Animals

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.
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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.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tiffany Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-30-10
    Tiffany Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-30-10
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    "An exceptional must read for anyone who eats food"

    An exceptional book that has a compelling message. I've recommended this book to everyone I know and will continue to do so. A completely eyeopening story of food production and what the meat industry and factory farming are doing to the environment, our food, and our health. My husband and I, both of us happy omnivores have become vegan since reading this book and are happier and healthier than we've ever been. I thank Jonathan Safran Foer for bringing this information to the light of the public and think more people should know about the horrors going on and the reality of the food they put into their bodies on a daily basis. Jonathan is not only a wonderful author but a great narrator. The best credit I've ever used!

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    Allison Seattle, WA, USA 06-13-10
    Allison Seattle, WA, USA 06-13-10 Member Since 2016
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    "I love everything Foer writes."

    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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    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-11-10
    James Seattle, WA, United States 05-11-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Insightful!"

    I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and I've probably read most of the best known books on the subject, but this one is one of the best!

    It's a little graphic at points (nothing that I haven't heard already), but I think in this day and age, that's what it takes to get anyone's attention.

    I thank the author for keeping this very important topic in front of us, especially in this age of global warming and awareness.



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    Renee Brevard, NC, USA 02-16-10
    Renee Brevard, NC, USA 02-16-10
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    "YOU NEED TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY"

    This books deals with a lot of things we don't usually talk about, and it really makes you face facts. When I listened to the parts about factory farming and treatment of animals, it strengthened my resolve to do more research into this subject, and I have. This book was easy to listen to and provided many good examples, stories, comparisons, and facts. I would recommend it to anyone who is even consdering becoming a vegetarian.

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    F. Micheala 12-12-09
    F. Micheala 12-12-09
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    "eating animals"

    Great book!!! An eye opener, I enjoyed the life stories that went along with it. I found it read more like a fiction novel then a fact book. Really well written.

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    James Gammill 12-31-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Not really as represented."

    Although represented as a blend of philosophy, literature, science, memoir, etc, this book is really about the abuses of factory farms. Any health benefits of a vegetarian diet are not even considered. Although I agree with the writer's opinion that our eating meat supports a cruel industry, I would not have purchased the book just to hear that theme repeated hour after hour. I expected something more thoughtful.

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    Annie 11-16-09
    Annie 11-16-09
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    "Ruined by the narration"

    While I am sympathetic to the goals of this book, I could only stand about an hour of the slow, tedious narration. I'm going to switch to the printed version. Plus, the first part spends way too much time on the author's own journey. I didn't need yet another "Jewish grandmother as survivor" story. Nor could I relate to the author who admitted that he grew up hating dogs until finding one cute enough to melt his heart. But if he succeeds in raising awareness about animal cruelty and ensuring that fewer of us cause them hurt, then bravo.

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    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 12-24-12
    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 12-24-12
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    "Biased"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


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    Yethica279 Philadelphia 12-06-12
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    "There are far better books on this topic..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe staunch vegetarians will like this book more.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Life of Pi... only because it's next in my library.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Todd Ross – was your favorite?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 10-13-10
    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 10-13-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Very informative"

    Nicely done. This expose on the agri-industry will give you a glimpse behind the Styrofoam packaging that your food comes in.

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