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Eating Animals Audiobook

Eating Animals

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Alex 07-26-16
    Alex 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Misleading"

    I don't understand this book. About 30 minutes into listening the author says it's not about vegetarianism. It's about factory farming. But I'm 45 minutes in and he's still talking about his life and his dog, and telling stories about his family. He even acknowledged how the book title is misleading to make people think it's about being vegetarian.

    So far it seems it's a book about his struggle with not being vegetarian and he's telling stories about his life to justify it. He keeps emphasizing about how eating comes with stories, which I understand what with his family being Jewish there's a rich heritage having to do with food there. But what does that have to do with factory farming?

    I would listen on, but being a vegetarian myself and realizing this book is defending eating meat I won't bother. I find this book misleading and offensive.

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    Aria Hamilton, NJ, United States 06-08-16
    Aria Hamilton, NJ, United States 06-08-16 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Edgar Ovalle 06-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unneeded fluff"

    The book has a lot of valuable information. Unfortunately the author tries to emotionally charge his argument unnecessarily. The facts are compelling enough. There's also all this extra crap about himself and his opinions. That part of it is just awful and manipulative. The author wants to turn you into a vegan behind a thin vale of neutrality.
    If he would have left himself out of it the book would be great but instead it's tedious in places.

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    Chriske 03-31-16
    Chriske 03-31-16
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    "Compelling to become vegan"

    Though the author loves eating meat, the gathered evidence left him no choice, but to become vegan.
    He is not coercing the reader to become vegan or vegetarian, but paints a clear picture what the consequences are of our eating habit. Some alternatives are proposed and the reader can choose those with his dollars.
    In any case we need to realise that we're farming by proxy. And we need to be comfortable with our choice of who we give that proxy to. To that end this book is a great help.

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    Samantha 03-20-16
    Samantha 03-20-16
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    "very informative"

    I really enjoyed this book. Being an environmental scientist I became a vegetarian because of the problems factory farming is causing our environment, but now I'm not only proud to help the environment but the animals as well. some of the accounts brought up were truly eye opening.

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    Aaron 03-15-16
    Aaron 03-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Everyone needs to read this book"

    Truly eye opening - this should be a required read for high school & college students or any animal lover

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    R. Malech Maryland 12-02-15
    R. Malech Maryland 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Rough but important topic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book but it is not for the faint of heart (or stomach). There were times that the book made me physically nauseous. I assume most readers are already inclined towards a vegan or vegetarian diet, so there is some preaching to the choir, but it arms you with facts and figures and more information than a person could gather on their own without the time to devote to serious research. After reading this book and watching Cowspiracy, I think the take away is that one day we will not be able to choose a plant-based diet or choose to eschew meat, but that the choice will be made for us as the planet will be unable to sustain factory farming in its current form. I think the author sometimes resorted to dramatization and scare/guilt tactics, but I liked the story-telling format.


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    Sullrich 09-19-15
    Sullrich 09-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, questionable production"

    The book itself is great, but there are stupidly long breaks between chapters, so long that my speakers kept automatically turning off after sensing such long silence. Great book, not the greatest production.

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    Meredith 07-07-15
    Meredith 07-07-15
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    "unlistenqble dry slow narrator"

    even increasing playback speed won't fix the interminable pauses. might be a worthy read but the narrator will make you want to pull your hair out.

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    Athena Chen Cleveland, OH 04-03-14
    Athena Chen Cleveland, OH 04-03-14
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    "Life-changing"
    Where does Eating Animals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1, hands down


    What did you like best about this story?

    Matter-of-factness


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Todd Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to J.T. Ross narrate anything before, but he did a wonderful job with Foer's book. In fact, he is my favorite narrator now - a perfectly "neutral" voice and excellent with quotations from both men and women.


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

    As a life-long omnivore who has never gone out of her way to learn about where her supermarket meat comes from, there were numerous moments that alarmed me, horrified me, and made me incredibly uncomfortable. Foer has some pretty graphic descriptions of factory farms and slaughterhouses, and his interviews with their employees were pretty awful.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly, highly recommended for omnivores considering vegetarianism. (I've tried mentioning this book to omnivores not already considering vegetarianism, and they've generally responded with, "I don't want to know.")

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