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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency.

His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits - from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth - and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told - and the stories we now need to tell.

©2009 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both." (J. M. Coetzee)
"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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must read or a must listen to book.

this book was so easy to follow. It's also not persuasive it's informative. It's something I already knew but I didn't know it was this bad. I want to change the way my family and I eat, I will definitely start it after this book. I cried at the end when he talked about the slaughterhouse and the pig. pretty sure I need counseling after this LOL.

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Changed my life

Where does Eating Animals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Most life changing no doubt. Don't listen unless you are prepared to go full out vegan.

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This book presents the full perspective on the harm done - to the animals, to our bodies, and to the environment - from eating the flesh of other beings.

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Learn how animals are treated; Never look back

"What did you do, when we learned how farm animals are treated?" This is what Jonathan Safran Foer says will be asked of our generation.

Why? Because we have created a system of ultimate horror. We have created a hell for billions of our co-beings on Earth. And we can no longer deny that.

This book is an important piece in the seminal trend of authorship, transparency and public interest in animal welfare. The author does a beautiful job balancing between horror and alienation, between anger and hope, but the final picture is bleak. The killing, torture, enslavement and other cruelty continues. The factory farm industry does this without care for the wellbeing of animals; labor conditions of workers; and the future risk of pandemics from antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

The downside of the audiobook is the performance. The narrator is professional and measured, but unfortunately engages in completely unnecessary voice acting when reading real quotes of real people. This is not a children's book, but creative non-fiction. No voice acting – which is, essentially, pretending to imitate a real living person, possibly without knowing how they actually sound like – should be necessary.

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Quite simply the most important book you will ever read!

The fuel we feed our bodies is one of the ways we can have a long and rewarding life. This book explains the pitfalls of factory farming and is worth everyone's attention. Some will disagree with parts of this book, and that is perfectly fine, however this information needs to get out there. Please read and share, so we may all have a brighter future!

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Thoughtful and intriguing

Foer puts so much thought and thoroughness into the stories and ideas that wind through the book. Although it may seem to some like a book they would rather avoid than face, Eating Animals is less about being a vegetarian and all about making life choices that your morals align with. I learned a lot and especially how to accept others' choices! Highly recommend.

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Most thoughtful look into American animal consumption

I recently decided to experiment with veganism to see if I could do it. It has been 4 months and I've converted two others to the dark side with my actions. This book helped to inform my decision to practice veganism after the fact and helped my family understand my choice is a moral one. They still make fun of me all the time but at least we can talk about it more intelligently now!

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A compelling and incredibly important book about factory farming and meat consumption. Foer does a phenomenal job covering the full gamut of animal welfare, food consumption, and our overall agricultural history. This book gets a bit graphic at points, but I think it's important to include these terrible truths about the details of factory farms. The point of this book isn't to make a case for vegetarianism, however the eventual solution for ethical / scalable reasons is actually a vegetarian diet. I loved how honest Foer about this truth. It was clear he had personal struggles on how he should approach this subject. He is clear that forgoing meat is a sacrifice and, in a way, the death of a part of our culture. This needed change though is for the sake of countless animal lives around us. If you're considering this book, definitely pick it up. I hope it changes your outlook as it did mine.

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Great look and multiple viewpoints

I'm already vegan, so I was aware of a lot of the things mentioned in this book, but I appreciated seeing views that opposed mine even. Well written with a great performance as well!

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VERY informative!!!

I wish I could express how helpful this would be to anyone wanting to know the TRUTH about the meat they're eating.... I HIGHLY recommend!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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informative!

this was my first read on factory farming and animal welfare in agriculture and I learned from it a lot. I certainly recommend it but if I want to be critical, I think the last %30 of the book could be traded for some more data. maybe because I was not looking for a book telling any story here buy would prefer a dry factual research. for the most part the book was like that except for the last part.