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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Audiobook

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

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Publisher's Summary

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment. They find themselves eager to move away from the typical food scenario of American families: a refrigerator packed with processed, factory-farmed foods transported long distances using nonrenewable fuels. In their search for another way to eat and live, they begin to recover what Kingsolver considers our nation's lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production. Americans spend less of their income on food than has any culture in the history of the world, but they pay dearly in other ways: losing the flavors, diversity, and creative food cultures of earlier times. The environmental costs are also high, and the nutritional sacrifice is undeniable: on our modern industrial food supply, Americans are now raising the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Part memoir and part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

©2007 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Kingsolver has the ear of a journalist and the accuracy of a naturalist." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jennifer Van Horn 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Listening to this is like getting teeth pulled."
    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or the narrators?

    No thanks.


    If you’ve listened to books by Barbara Kingsolver before, how does this one compare?

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    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm on chapter 14 and I tried, I really tried to get thru this book. My sister really loves it, and I'm a nonfiction fan, but I can do without the flowering metaphors and the deadpan mom jokes, especially with the agonizingly slow pace that she reads at. Some authors shouldn't read their own books -countless times I've realized that I stopped listening an hour ago because it's way too easy to drown her out with literally any thought. The super random farm sound effects between the chapters are not needed either -they just waste time.


    Was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle worth the listening time?

    The story itself is really interesting, and I like when her kids read some of the parts, but I just don't think I can take another chapter. All in all I DO want to start focusing on buying and cooking vegetables according to season and reducing my carbon footprint by keeping up my garden. The story is there somewhere buried underneath the fluff, but it's the fluff that eventually did me in and made me give up. If the above performance sounds like something you can stomach, then yes, I'd say it's worth a listen.


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    Ray 07-05-15
    Ray 07-05-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but too long"

    There's an old church joke that's been told for years that goes something like this: A man dies and goes to heaven and is receiving a welcoming tour on his first day. He's shown a variety of rooms, each of which belongs to a particular denomination and in which those particular people are doing whatever is common to their little sect of Christianity. The denomination at the butt of the joke changes with who's telling it, but the last room is always occupied by that denomination and the angel says "Shhh, that's the So-and-so's. They think they're the only ones here." And the angel and the man tip-toe by.

    Kingsolver writes a good book of course, but she's like the denomination that thinks they're the only ones present on the issue. Left wing types have bought into their own hype that they're the only ones trying to save the planet and the right wing types are all at Walmart buying Roundup.

    A little less smugness and a more generous spirit would help her influence a greater number of people. Joel Salatin is on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum and he's arguably one of the most influential people on the scene today for making a real difference. Kingsolver is a great writer but maybe she should hire Salatin to edit her next book if she decides to produce a sequel.

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    Chris 10-16-17
    Chris 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Life goals"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, I felt a connection to the author and as though I was with her on her journey to a year of food. I hope to one day be able to grow as much food as my family needs. The information linked through the story was very interesting and I kept telling my husband all the things I learned throughout the book.

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    Sharyl Wooton 08-06-17
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    "We burn a gas for every miles we we move our food."

    This was a life-changing book for my wife and I. we were going to be growing a lot of our food anyway. Now we're going to be buying as much of the rest of it as possible at the farmers market as well.

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    Amazon Customer 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring"

    I am inspired to do a few more things than we already do, and there were a few things that were a great wake-up call.

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    Bikeopeli 06-30-17
    Bikeopeli 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A complete story on the need for a local diet"

    Takes you from Wendell Berry to Michael Pollan with a family garden and all the associated resources to make it work and connect it with your political environmental and to a limited extent social concerns. This not a bristling polemic like Keith's Vegetarian Myth but all those issues are here.

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    Corry Venema-Weiss 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A good and nourishing book."

    Filled me with hope for the possibilities that small and personal changes can have an important impact on change for the better for our world.

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    CooliesChic 04-26-17
    CooliesChic 04-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring. Delightful. Informative. "

    this was a very smart book. Barbara Kingsolver's narrative is rich with descriptive vocabulary and makes me ache for a patch of earth to grow and the space to raise animals. Her approach is decidedly humble and not preachy but she and her coauthors are direct and clear about their values and reasons for them. I know that can be a very sensitive issue from both a consumer's and farmer's perspective. I will definitely listen again and have been evangelizing the book starting early into its pages (or minutes rather!) If you are new to or well versed in exploring topics related to eating local and breaking away from large corporate agriculture this book is wonderful. Their family story is heartwarming and exciting in the normalcy of their lives. I especially loved Lily and her chickens! Such an enterprising and thoughtful girl.

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    Leigh 02-03-17
    Leigh 02-03-17
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    "Enjoyable, informative, and inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle the most enjoyable?

    Kingsolver has a great voice and told a very compelling story. Where our food comes from and how far it has to travel is something I hadn't given much thought about. I looked around where I live and found a farmers market and a local online group of farmers selling a great variety of fruits and vegetables.


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    Kevin from NC 01-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Changed my life"

    It can't be understated - listening to this book has changed the way I choose my food, grow my food, dispose of Food I don't eat, and encourage others to do the same.

    Inspiring and entertaining and very well performed!

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