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Meat Eater Audiobook

Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter

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Publisher's Summary

Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught his three sons to love the natural world the way he did. As a child, Rinella devoured stories of the American wilderness, especially the exploits of his hero, Daniel Boone. He began fishing at the age of three and shot his first squirrel at eight and his first deer at thirteen. He chose the colleges he went to by their proximity to good hunting ground, and he experimented with living solely off wild meat. As an adult, he feeds his family from the food he hunts.

Meat Eater chronicles Rinella's lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of 10 hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age 10 and ending as a 37-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America. He tells of having a struggling career as a fur trapper just as fur prices were falling; of a dalliance with catch-and-release steelhead fishing; of canoeing in the Missouri Breaks in search of mule deer just as the Missouri River was freezing up one November; and of hunting the elusive Dall sheep in the glaciated mountains of Alaska.

Through each story, Rinella grapples with themes such as the role of the hunter in shaping America, the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, the allure of hunting trophies, the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey, and the disappearance of the hunter himself as Americans lose their connection with the way their food finds its way to their tables. Hunting, he argues, is intimately connected with our humanity; assuming responsibility for acquiring the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors, is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.

A thrilling storyteller with boundless interesting facts and historical information about the land, the natural world, and the history of hunting, Rinella also includes after each chapter a section of "Tasting Notes" that draws from his 30-plus years of eating and cooking wild game, both at home and over a campfire. In Meat Eater he paints a loving portrait of a way of life that is part of who we are as humans and as Americans.

©2012 Steven Rinella (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An insider's look at hunting that devotees and nonparticipants alike should find fascinating." (Kirkus)

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    Terrifically amazing story the only way I think it could have been told better was if Steve told it himself

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    Justin 07-08-17
    Justin 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, needs to be voiced by Rinella himself."

    great book, but found myself wanting for Steven Rinella's voice, I listen to his podcast often and find it odd to hear what is clearly a phrase constructed my him coming from another.

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    Tom in Olympia, WA Dupont, wa USA 08-16-17
    Tom in Olympia, WA Dupont, wa USA 08-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Timeless"

    I've been meaning to read this book for several years now. Steve does such an excellent job in storytelling. this book is a must-have for every American hunter's Library.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    great book. well read by the narrator. stories you can connect to and gain a deeper perspective on the hunting lifestyle.

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    Amazon Customer 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Steven Rinella is the best. "

    Great stories and a awesome outlook on why we hunt, love the wilderness and the creatures that roam these great lands.

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    Matthew DeAngelis 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book."

    Steven Rinella's books are the best. I've listened to two of his books this week! Cannot wait for more.

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    "Amazing book"

    Only gripe is I wish it was narrated by Steven, not that this narrator isn't fantastic, but Steven has a certain emphasis that I can see has been lost in foreign narration

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    John H. 06-13-17
    John H. 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    Learn the proper pronunciation of all the words before you read the book! Thank you.

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    Caleb 06-13-17
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    "Vivid. "

    My good friend Steve is one hell of a writer and outdoorsman. Steve, you owe me $5 or a visit for this review.

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    Jennifer L. Devall Carthage, NY 06-05-17
    Jennifer L. Devall Carthage, NY 06-05-17 Member Since 2016

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    Good book, wish Steve would narrate his own book... Otherwise solid book that flowed well and kept me interested.

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