Dietland

Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (905 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.

When Plum finally confronts her, she finds herself falling into the mysterious world of Calliope House, where an odd collection of women orbit around Verena Baptist, daughter of a famous diet guru. Verena offers to give Plum the money for the surgery, but there is a catch: First Plum must go through a series of seemingly perverse challenges that will force her to confront her past, her doubts, and the real cost of becoming "beautiful".

Dietland is a scathing and revolutionary debut that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our obsession with weight loss - from the inside out and with fists flying.

©2015 Reproduced by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery, when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called 'Jennifer' - equal parts Bridget Jones' Diary and Fight Club. Keenly intelligent, daring, and original, Dietland has something important to say to us all." (Alice Mattison, author of When We Argued All Night)

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funny and thought provoking

i laughed out loud....thoroughly enjoyed Plum's awakening and the female empowerment message. the narration enhanced the story.

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Wait... That's it?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would have said it was time well spent, that was until the final chapter ended with a fizzle. With a proper conclusion this could have been a wonderful treatise on the female condition in modern society, or a manifesto on learning to love yourself no matter who you are. Instead we're left with an unfinished story, and a sense of emptiness. Unlike some books that end and leave the rest to your imagination, there isn't enough here for the reader to do that with.

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

The narrator is a talented voice actor and her reading of the book was enjoyable and entertaining. It was easy to know who was talking in dialogue sections.

Did Dietland inspire you to do anything?

As a male I can only empathize with some of the hardships Plum goes through in the book. But, as a fat person I know all too well much of the pain she feels and the book hit home time and time again. This book helped give me some new tools on my journey towards self acceptance and body positivity.

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A n absolute ridiculous waste of my time

It sounded like an interesting concept and had potential to bring to light some excellent discussion points HOWEVER a porn room, rapes, killings...ruined it for me.

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Started out OK, then....

I liked the first portion of the book and I get the feelings of the main character (out of place in her life and the world). Then as it grew towards the end it was getting more and more violent and radical and that is not my thing. I understand getting the characters to do things for effect but it just left me kind of 'meh' and a bit sad. At the end I really didn't care what happened to them.

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Amazing performance, weird story

Started out fantastic and I liked a great part of the book, but around 60% mark the story took a weird turn. It should have ended there, but story kept going and I lost a lot of heart for it. The narrator was amazing and I loved her performance. I look forward to hearing more from her.

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Changed me for the better. A fun read, too.

The story, especially at the beginning, is quite engaging. This book has the potential to change our culture if enough people read it and think about it and talk about it. Perhaps if enough of us get angry something will change.

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Somewhat disappointed

As I began reading I thought the book was going to be about the characters struggle with weight loss. The book then took a turn into feminism and self love issues amongst a twisted plot of woman’s revenge vigilante style against men who have raped women. The book primarily deals with women who are raging against men and society at some level. As we are all aware of these issues and find them depressing I do not enjoy it for a subject of fictional drama. I do not recommend this book.

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Starts strong then falls apart

First, the performance is great! Tara Sands does a fantastic job with what she has to work with. The story starts really strong. The first half is engaging and interesting. Then it just gets weird in ways that don’t feel like they’re actually moving the story forward. I get the sense that the author wants to shock readers, but there’s no and-then or and-so. The shock doesn’t come with any payoff so it just feels gratuitous and pointless. There are whole subplots that just stop. Not just that they aren’t resolved, but that they just aren’t mentioned again. The book spends a lot of time on things that aren’t in and of themselves interesting and aren’t important for the story and don’t contribute to character development. The ending of the book is so completely impossible and unrealistic that it just feels cheap. The whole book feels immature and the plot isn’t well thought through.

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I am Jennifer

Loved the story, loved the message, loved the narrator. The book is better than the show (as usual).

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The Feminist Fight Club

I am not exaggerating at all when I say this is probably my favorite book I've ever read. I have never been able to pick a favorite book before, there are so many good ones, but that has all changed. This is the best.

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