• Project Animal Farm

  • An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food
  • By: Sonia Faruqi
  • Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Project Animal Farm provides a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors, as discovered by a fearless young woman.

Sonia Faruqi, a 25-year-old Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of an organic dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she would come to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life - a commitment to change our current system of food production.

Driven by impulsive will and a new passion, Sonia left everything she knew and loved behind to search the planet for solutions that would benefit not only farm animals but also human health, the environment, farmers, and consumers. In doing so she would live with farmers, hitchhike with strangers, and repeatedly risk her life.

Heartfelt and brimming with rare insights, Project Animal Farm takes listeners through a top-secret tour of egg warehouses in Canada, dairy feedlots in the United States, farm offices in Mexico, lush Mennonite pastures in Belize, flocks of chickens in Indonesia, and factory farms in Malaysia.

Lively and filled with insight and suspense, Project Animal Farm illuminates a hidden world that plays a part in all of our lives.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Pegasus

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Eye opening

Definitely changed me. Very eye opening but not surprising. Sad part is that when you talk about what you’ve read to friends and family, they don’t believe it and won’t investigate on their own. They just want to stick their heads in the sand and go about how they always have 😞. Very well written, researched and performed.

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A Must Listen

What made the experience of listening to Project Animal Farm the most enjoyable?

Project animal farm tells the story of the deplorable living conditions of the animals that become our food from a unique perspective. It's filled with adventure, humor and insight.

Which character – as performed by Priya Ayyar – was your favorite?

The Harleys were my favorite characters because of their love for the animals and innovative methods of farming.

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

The inhumane methods of slaughter were particularly moving, as they were absolutely heartbreaking.

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Project Animal Farm was truly amazing. It's the story of a courageous woman who risks her life to uncover the truth about the conditions of the animals we eat. It's a story that needed to be told.

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changed my life

I love this book immensely. The author's use of imagery and analogy created a picture in my mind that made me feel as if I had visited and seen and smelled the things she saw and smelled. the narrator was skilled in using tones and dialects from the characters mentioned, making the listening experience that much more enjoyable. I will never view my food supply the same and intend to make much better choices.

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Wonderful Narration! Good book!

This is a good book about how animals are treated in today's agricultural diversity around the world. I felt that the author diverged from this story line at times with personal relationship rhetoric that make her sound judgemental of people that she met personally apart from their husbandry practices. It made her seem arrogant and turned me off to the story in certain sections of the book. The narration was great and was easy to listen too. Overall I thought the story shed light on many different practices of husbandry across the world and was intersting. I would have probably rated the story higher had it not diverged into the story lines mentioned above.

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Life changing

I am still thinking about this book. Part adventure, part detective story. I cannot believe the author did the things that she did- I am amazed. And grateful. Everyone should read/ listen to this book. The narrator sounds like she could be the author, which makes it feel even more as if you are there. If after listening to this book you don't agree that more has to be done about the way we treat animals in the meat and poultry industries then you don't have a soul.

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Chilling, stirring, motivating and emotionally powerful

Settle in with a book that was difficult to put down. The precision with which all “sides” of animal farming is explained, from the array of current systems to exploration of future systems, will stir the mind and emotions of every reader. I found myself trying to justify and coddle the food industry throughout the read. By the conclusion of the book I found that there are alternatives and things that even a meat eater can do to put us on a read to change and begin to heal or relationships with animals and earth.

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A Great Worldwide Farm Tour

I, like many I assume, who have stumbled upon this diamond-in-the-rough am trying to learn more about where my food comes from. The book was an excellent multifaceted look into animal farming/ranching practices from around the world, not just a narrow American snapshot. I also greatly enjoyed not being “preached at” while reading; it’s educational while bringing the classroom to life.

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filled with platitudes and redundancy

she is a self admitting compulsive liar who will do and say whatever she feels is appropriate to push her agenda. one sided and brimming with her own personal achievements. Don't wast your time or mental space with this drivel.

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Learned a lot!

I am amazed at the courage of this individual. Bravo. Well worth the read. It will guide me to make good decisions about our farm animals. I didn’t care so much for the reference to becoming vegan makes everything better. I would challenge the author to perform a similar analysis on how vegetables and soy are grown, and the impact improper vegetable farming has on the environment.

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Boringly self centered

Everyone else is unintelligent, unambitious, racist, unsympathetic. The author is too young to be writing anything about her life. Her self-centeredness is transparent despite her attempts to hide it.