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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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    Claude F 12-15-12
    Claude F 12-15-12
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    "Important book with great ideas to think about"
    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again to be reminded of this particular food ethics. Also his ideas are important enough for me to try to unpack and find ways of putting them into use.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The mobile chicken coop. The are videos of it on YouTube.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Not a criticism, but Scott Brick's voice and performance was so close to David LeDoux's in Freedom that I had flashbacks.


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    William A 10-08-12
    William A 10-08-12

    Simply not enough time in the world to read all the books I want to, so now I listen to them.

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    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    Yes, it is way to long to take everything in on the first listen. This is an amazing book that has changed the way I view food, and what I buy at the store.


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes me want to know more about the food I buy and eat and provide for my family. It made me think about food in a way I never would have thought. Without even saying it directly, the book makes the connection that industrial agriculture is likely to blame for the spike in cancer and other illnesses effecting our country and the industrialized world. It almost makes me want to grow my own foods so not EVERYTHING I eat is corn. I will be buying 4 or 5 copies of the paperback for my family to give them this holiday. Also, the voice actor was incredible. I hope to hear him again. Very easy to listen to him.

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    Amy East Lansing, MI, United States 10-01-12
    Amy East Lansing, MI, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Very informative book."
    What did you love best about The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    Essential reading if you're interested in health.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Informative.


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

    No.


    If you could give The Omnivore's Dilemma a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What you should look for in food-purchasing decisions.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Brett SAINT JAMES, NY, United States 09-20-12
    Brett SAINT JAMES, NY, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I feared"
    What did you love best about The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    I have hesitated listening to the Omnivore's Dilemma out of fear that it would turn me off to many of the foods I rely on. Instead it was a clearly written entertaining story of the "behind the scenes" food production in modern society.


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    J. Lancaster 09-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You'll never look at food the same way again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The time on PolyFace farm.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    No. I think that he had a preachy / condescending tone that got in the way with the books message.


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

    This is a take-it-easy, inspirational and educational book. I liked taking breaks from it to think about its message.


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    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 09-04-12
    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Helps me appreciate where my food comes from."
    Would you listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma again? Why?

    I think I will.


    What other book might you compare The Omnivore's Dilemma to and why?

    I think it pares well with "Folks This Ain't Normal."


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way it was told and I think the performance was spot on.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I really appreciate the hard work that goes into gathering, preparing, and hunting for food.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to cook and spend a lot of time at it and this book helps me to reaffirm my dedication and the time I spend shopping, cooking, and packaging meals for my whole family.
    Wish my wife could listen to it so she would understand why I am so crazy about preparing healthy, sustainable, and organic foods for our family, and sending her away with a healthy packaged lunch, and why I get so upset when she doesn't eat it and goes for restaurant food instead - grrr.

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    Jim Marshall Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-28-12
    Jim Marshall Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    Where does The Omnivore's Dilemma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily one of the best books I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    The comparison of what is happening at Polyface Farm and what is happening at industrial farms is astounding. Halfway through the book I was wanting to change the way I eat and by the time I finished the book I had changed. By telling a story of what can be done and what is being done it shows that we have a choice. It also shows how effectively we have been marketed to so that we completely believe things that are actually bad for us are instead good for us. It is also amazing how people who should know better don't, like the medical profession. A must read for anyone who eats.


    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?

    Yes


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    Alicia 08-20-12
    Alicia 08-20-12
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    "a must read by every human being"
    If you could sum up The Omnivore's Dilemma in three words, what would they be?

    great eye opener


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omnivore's Dilemma?

    the visit to the sustainable farm


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    that the whole world needs to read this book, it should be tought in school cirriculum so that kids these days can learn about what is going on with todays food industry in hopes that we can learn to buy local and stop all the gross fast food eating


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    matthew 08-15-12
    matthew 08-15-12 Listener Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "Become aware of where food really comes from"
    What made the experience of listening to The Omnivore's Dilemma the most enjoyable?

    The author goes into painstaking detail of how several typical meals are created from farm to your table.He kills chickens,goes hunting for wild boar and hunts for wild mushrooms.He also enlightens us with the tactics being used to get us to over consume and eat a limited number of cheap,less healthy food in order to increase sales for major food companies and the oil industry.


    What other book might you compare The Omnivore's Dilemma to and why?

    The End of Food and This ain't right folks.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the author had to slit his first chickens throat and didn't do so carefully.


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

    Where food really comes from


    Any additional comments?

    long,informative listen by a decent narrator.It will definitely have me making more informed food choices in the future.

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    M. Rice Scottsville, VA, US 08-06-12
    M. Rice Scottsville, VA, US 08-06-12
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    "Enlightening and enriching entertainment"

    Loved this so much that I bought this book AND listened to the audiobook. Both surprise again and again, both in content and quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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