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The Omnivore's Dilemma Audiobook
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Written by: 
Michael Pollan
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
The Omnivore's Dilemma Audiobook

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century.

"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't, which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

We are indeed what we eat, and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as "What shall we have for dinner?"

©2006 Michael Pollan; (P)2006 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

  • National Book Critics Circle 2006 Award Finalist, Nonfiction

"Remarkably clearheaded book....A fascinating journey up and down the food chain." (Publishers Weekly)
"His supermeticulous reporting is the book's strength - you're not likely to get a better explanation of where your food comes from....In an uncommonly good year for American food writing, this is a book that stands out." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Completely charming." (Nora Ephron)

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    David Troy Smith 07-28-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the way Michael Pollan romanticizes food and connects us with the basics lost in a commercial world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first section about the corn and the last section about the meal.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, he has a nice voice and enunciates however I always feel like he is acting and I prefer to listen to Michael Pollan who is not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The mushrooms.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope he continues to write for a long time to come.

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    Chris 07-14-15
    Chris 07-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard. The wit of this scientifically supported story is well worth it! As a biophysicist, I am very impressed with Michael.

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    Bridget 07-01-15
    Bridget 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought provoking"

    We would all benefit from knowing where our food comes from. This book requires you to think about what we are putting in our bodies. Enjoyed!

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    Edan Evenhaim 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye Opening"

    While it was a little too poetic at times, Pollan does a great job of discussing the issues with the food industry from a rather unbiased perspective. Most materials tend to be very left (or occasionally right) and Pollan does a great job of talking about the morality vs. economics instead of negating economics as many liberal sources can often do.

    The only comment I have is that some of Pollan's critiques about grass fed animals may not be financially accurate. While I do not think animals should be fed anything but their natural diet, having smaller farms with only grass fed cattle and chicken would make meat a "rich man's" commodity. A lot of these changes for the good of the ecology will hurt the pocket of the lower class and lower middle class which is unfortunate.

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    Cheryl 06-11-15
    Cheryl 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Becoming food independent"

    A tremendous amount of a variety of information. Fascinating tolearn about our food and where it came from and howwe can raise our own food on very little land. Stresses the reasons why this should be done now more than ever.

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    Linda NC, USA 05-21-15
    Linda NC, USA 05-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it!"

    I was enlightened on so many levels. I have a greater appreciation for the food I eat & can make more informed decisions because of what I learned from this book. Michael Pollan was able to take a topic heavy with information & also make it easy & enjoyable to digest.

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    Kale Bittner Florida State University 04-22-15
    Kale Bittner Florida State University 04-22-15
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    "Changed the way I eat."

    This book has adjusted the way I view food and what kind of food I will purchase in the future.

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    mminto 04-18-15
    mminto 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is one of those books that changes you!"

    This book and a handful of others has indelibly influenced my outlook on the world D con of me and my own personal lifestyle if you have any interest in improving your own diet for the economy or even strictly environmental interest this book is fantastic.

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    Michael Andrew Green 04-15-15
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    "Alarming Intriguing"

    An in depth journey as to not only where our food comes from, but the obligation we each have to know what we are feeding ourselves.

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    Hilary 04-15-15
    Hilary 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Learned a lot"

    I'm still talking about all I learned. Some sections were too elaborative but overall I liked the documentary style approach and how thorough the authors research was.

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