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Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans - though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the "Transition". Now, eating human meat - "special meat" - is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.

Then one day he's given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he's aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost - and what might still be saved.

©2017 Agustina Bazterrica. English language translation ©2020 Pushkin Press Limited. Originally published in Argentina in 2017 by Alfaguara as Cadáver Exquisito. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Uhhhhhhh....

I don't even know what to say. Well written. The story draws you in. The ending is almost Shakespearean in nature. A disturbingly honest commentary on human nature. Horrific in its possible accuracy.

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Overhyped. Would not recommend

I was looking for a short book that would hold my attention. This book was hyped on social media and said to be extremely disturbing to some. And maybe it is if you are new to this genre. However, I found this book to be really flat. No personality to it. The scenes that were meant to be graphic, were just crass. I would not recommend to anyone. Waste of an audible credit in my opinion.

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Interesting idea but ultimately left me hungry

It’s an intriguing if not disturbing idea for a novel. Unfortunately, this should have been a short story of a larger collection.

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An exquisite (albeit terrifying) read

This was a masterful book. I think it is easy to fall into a trap with a book so brutal, that the violence becomes THE point of the plot, rather than a necessary tool to make a much more sophisticated observation. Yes, you need to have some steel nerves to go through the depictions of violence, however I think it is most definitely worth it...

The book makes you think and it makes you feel a LOT of very, very uncomfortable things. I am awed, disturbed, and fascinated with the horrible, yet eerily tangible vision the author created for us.

Also, I cannot understand how someone could NOT appreciate the ending of this book. I think it was spectacular - very well executed and oh so perfect in strengthening the main point.

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Torture Porn with no great plot - hard pass

I finished this book and was so angry that I struggled through all of the awful human torture writing only to be let down by an unsatisfactory ending after a predictable and not at all interesting plot. So not worth it. Listened to it at 1.5 speed and it still seemed too slow.

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oh mah gah

Holy moly. I did not see that coming... that is all I have to say.

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wow

I went into this book with just the knowledge that it's hyped and all over YouTube and Ticktock. So much to say but I'll leave it at this: social commentary ☑️
psychology horror ☑️
made me legit tear up ☑️
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Interesting

The narrator did a great job, overall story was interesting but maybe I listen to too many horror stories I am a boy desensitized

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Wow

This book tells everything is extreme detail, to the point where my stomach rolled. It was a very well written read and the ending left me in shock with goosebumps and tears. Highly recommend.

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A difficult but necessary book

let me be clear, this book is not enjoyable. what it is is a sober look at how we ignore or re-brand cruelty and atrocity to live comfortable lives. The book questions whether a person who is aware they're living in a society that is built on suffering is better, worse, or equally culpable as someone who is living completely in the illusion of necessary evil is.