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Meat Eater Audiobook

Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter

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Publisher's Summary

Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught his three sons to love the natural world the way he did. As a child, Rinella devoured stories of the American wilderness, especially the exploits of his hero, Daniel Boone. He began fishing at the age of three and shot his first squirrel at eight and his first deer at thirteen. He chose the colleges he went to by their proximity to good hunting ground, and he experimented with living solely off wild meat. As an adult, he feeds his family from the food he hunts.

Meat Eater chronicles Rinella's lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of 10 hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age 10 and ending as a 37-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America. He tells of having a struggling career as a fur trapper just as fur prices were falling; of a dalliance with catch-and-release steelhead fishing; of canoeing in the Missouri Breaks in search of mule deer just as the Missouri River was freezing up one November; and of hunting the elusive Dall sheep in the glaciated mountains of Alaska.

Through each story, Rinella grapples with themes such as the role of the hunter in shaping America, the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, the allure of hunting trophies, the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey, and the disappearance of the hunter himself as Americans lose their connection with the way their food finds its way to their tables. Hunting, he argues, is intimately connected with our humanity; assuming responsibility for acquiring the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors, is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.

A thrilling storyteller with boundless interesting facts and historical information about the land, the natural world, and the history of hunting, Rinella also includes after each chapter a section of "Tasting Notes" that draws from his 30-plus years of eating and cooking wild game, both at home and over a campfire. In Meat Eater he paints a loving portrait of a way of life that is part of who we are as humans and as Americans.

©2012 Steven Rinella (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An insider's look at hunting that devotees and nonparticipants alike should find fascinating." (Kirkus)

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    "Amazing storytelling"

    Terrifically amazing story the only way I think it could have been told better was if Steve told it himself

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    JoannaLewis 09-28-16
    JoannaLewis 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent !"

    Meat Eater is an excellent read whether you're a hunting enthusiast or not. Steven is a gifted writer and I look foreword to his future works.

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    TammyT. Chillicothe, MO USA 09-06-16
    TammyT. Chillicothe, MO USA 09-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Author should read his own book in this case."

    I think the audio was OK, but I'd rather hear Steve Rinella tell the story.

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    Anthony 08-19-16
    Anthony 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    As a hunter it's hard to convey onto people why I hunt, and connect that disconnect that so many have with where our food comes from. I'm a huge Rinella fan, and in my opinion, he's one of the best voices we have in the outdoor world. If a non hunter, or someone who's on the fence, could listen to one chapter of this I feel as though chapter 11 brings it all into full circle.

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    Anthony 07-31-16
    Anthony 07-31-16
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    "Great stories"
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    I follow Steven through his tv show with the same name. I'm a fan, and this book is just as good as the show...even more so. It's filled with great stories, and if a un book.

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    justin 05-27-16
    justin 05-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very inspiring and great viewpoints."

    I also hunt and live in Michigan and found this book very inspiring. I also only provide my family with the meat I get from the forest. As of right now, venison is all that I have, but I always dream about goind after other types of game. After reading this book I plan to go and expand my world of hunting.

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    "Listened twice"

    i liked this book. I wanted to love it so i listened to it again to make sure i didnt miss something. Its not bad. some of the comparison given to describe things are weird but I understood what he meant for the most part.

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    Jagdagfive 09-28-15
    Jagdagfive 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book"

    Nothing against the narrator, he does a great job except for his pronouncing javelina. I just wish Steve was doing the talking.

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    Unkind 06-25-15
    Unkind 06-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I really enjoyed it"

    The life of a hunter, angler, and trapper. Exotic North American trips and the game that comes with it.

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    Frank 05-18-15
    Frank 05-18-15
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    "Truly a great story and tells of hunting."

    Steven Rinella is a great author and puts the book to seem like you were there filming it with him.

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