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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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    Sarah 02-06-15
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    "Engaging journey into our food chain"

    This book was wonderful. It took me nearly 4 months to finish because I had to pause to digest the the information given regularly. I have begun to think differently about the food that I eat and what it means to be responsible about my food. I loved it!

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    Janet S. Veta Moorpark, CA USA 02-05-15
    Janet S. Veta Moorpark, CA USA 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful!"

    I loved everything about this thought provoking book. It has changed the way I look at all the food I put I my mouth.

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    kristin 01-21-15
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    "Everyone should read this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its education yet entertaining, enlightening, and just good. There are some slow parts but still great book. It could also be the narrator that makes it feel slow to me at parts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ...


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Yes, sometimes i feel like he should get more action into his voice, he was very level paced and voiced the whole time so its just felt slow in certain areas


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

    All of it, just and eye opening book. Its changed my perception on a lot of things


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on reading the rest of his books over time!

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    R.J. Hamer 01-21-15
    R.J. Hamer 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good idea dragged out way too long"

    The idea and topic is a good one. The book however repeats the same information over and over making it drag on.

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    shadimusa 01-20-15
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    The book could have been half the size if it weren't for a lot of unnecessary details.

    The first half was definitely more interesting and scientific.
    I enjoyed the first half of the book and couldn't wait till next chapter came to listen to.

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    Donna M 12-22-14
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    "Love this book, Hate the reader"
    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    Probably not, I would rather read it than hear this reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With a different reader this book would sound as brilliant as it is, that is the only place it falls short.


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    Rob 10-11-14
    Rob 10-11-14 Member Since 2016

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    "interesting personal perspective"

    Pollan writes a very convincing case for the locovore movement and speaks plain sense from personal experience without being preachy.

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    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 10-05-14
    Thom Toronto, ON, Canada 10-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly captivating"

    The topic of the book is well-trodden ground, so I went in with fairly low expecations. But Pollan's willingness to dig in and get his hands dirty made for a great tale that brought a lot of fresh insights to the topic of food sources. The book is filled with interesting characters and stories of people who are very passionate about food and the politics that surround it.

    The read was excellent. It was easy on the ear and a pleasure to listen to.

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    Michael Indianola, IA, United States 06-29-14
    Michael Indianola, IA, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Anyone who eats should listen to this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Omnivore's Dilemma the most enjoyable?

    The information given without being "preachy" made this book excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author weaves together almost all aspects of 21st century food production.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had a long enough trip I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent. Informative. Insightful.

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    wayne 06-14-14
    wayne 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Book; Embarrassing Reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Omnivore's Dilemma to be better than the print version?

    Cannot comment yet; starting the print version now...


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an incredibly informative and well balanced look at the state of America's food production


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Almost anyone. His reading I found very annoying, and I could not tolerate his mispronunciation of botanical terms. My impression is that he did not make any attempt to research the material to understand it on a level worthy of the content. Mispronouncing "legume" (I could not find any alternative pronunciations, including in the OED) when reading on this topic is unforgivable. It undermines the credibility of the reading for any listener who knows anything about the subject, and misinforms those who don't...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "It's not WHAT you eat. It's what you eat ATE that matters..."


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. Scott Brick did me the favor of making me want to re-experience it by reading it. I hate to be so negative, but this is the only Audible book reader I've listened to about whom I could not find anything redeeming to say. I suspect that he is better at fiction, but I'll give "Salt: A World History" a try, and hope that he changes my mind...

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