We Are the Weather

Narrated by: Jonathan Safran Foer
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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2019 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year

This program is read by the author.

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way.

Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?

The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves - with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat - and don't eat - for breakfast.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jonathan Safran Foer (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Editor's Pick

Tackling a global issue at an individual scale
"If you’re anything like me, the 24-hour news cycle coupled with the pervasiveness of social media can elicit feelings of paralysis over some of the more urgent and distressing issues of our time. An issue such as climate change can feel so enormous that it can be hard to feel like anything you do will make a difference. Enter Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest nonfiction listen, We Are the Weather. Filled with intimate personal anecdotes alongside clear and factual examples from when we as humans have come together for the collective good throughout history, Foer insists that individuals can be a part of the solution. Even just the subtitle Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast makes the idea of global environmentalism feel downright—forgive me for this—digestible. As an added bonus, Foer narrates his work in a calm, melodic way while still maintaining the appropriate sense of urgency. Give We Are the Weather a listen if you want to help the planet, change your diet, learn some history, or even if you just like a good author-narrated listen."
Catherine H., Audible Editor

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Disappointing

I was very excited to listen to this after hearing him on the Armchair Expert podcast. This however seemed to ramble on, had countless meaningless analogies and quasi relevant historical facts as he tried to emphasize his point. Listen to his other books, skip this one. I believe in the message that he was trying to convey, this book simply does not convey it well.

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Left wanting for more

I was left wanting for more. The stories were great but I felt they overshadowed the bottom line and what we need to do to “save our planet”. I’m not sure he will convince anyone to do what he feels we need to do to affect climate change.

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Interior Dialog on Climate Crisis

Foer is knowledgeable about the climate crisis. He is concerned about it. He thinks changing our eating habits is the best way to fix it. He thinks mankind is commiting collective suicide. But he has doubts about whether we can or will fix it, and whether we are commiting suicide. Mostly, this is an internal dialog. Because he is very smart and a very good writer, this is very interesting. I highly recommend this book.

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Missed the Mark

Man, I REALLY wanted to love this book. By Part I, I was already sending quotes and facts to friends and looking forward to recommending it to everyone I know. But I must say, while Jonathan did a great job capturing our overall apathy toward climate change, I really feel like he missed the mark in his call to action.

When discussing baby steps about reversing climate change, he says "we need to be sprinting toward change", implying that baby steps aren't enough. He has done all the research and knows all the statistics about how animal agriculture is destroying our planet, but... he continues to fund it and recommend it to his readers. 🤔

There are two and only two choices:

1. You stop eating, using, and wearing non-human animals

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2. You continue to participate directly in exploiting non-human animals and accept the environmental impacts of that choice.

There is no third choice. You cannot know what he knows, eat animals, and call yourself an environmentalist. You're a hypocrite.

Overall, it was a good read, but I would challenge his readers to ask themselves if they support abusing animals one third of the day or if they are against animal abuse completely.

I'm giving this book 3/5 stars for his advice not to pay for animal abuse at 2/3 meals. ⭐⭐⭐

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I enjoyed it so much, that I bought a hard copy.

I thought the book was very thought provoking and easy to follow. Definitely worth listening to.

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Making an emotional connection to climate change

Jonathan Safran Foer demonstrates the challenges of self discovery, and offers an inspiring path forward.

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real cause of global warming

good listen. could drive action! I'm working to only eat meat last meal of day.

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Incredibly necessary. Don’t let that stop you.

I feel like saying a lot of things about this book, but most have already been said. I think I’ll say that while it can feel like an obligation to read, as it is very necessary, it is not an arduous task. It is heavy and sad, but the author accompanies you on the journey—or you accompany him—and you will hopefully leave the experience with the same sense of purpose that I did. Please read this book.

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We are the Weather

The last 40 minutes I was so frustrated that he was still talking. It was painful. I kept begging him to quite talking, hoping there was an enormous appendix. The topic is necessary and true. I will work on becoming vegetarian as much as I'm able, and I will work to only purchase ethically raised, small farm animal products. But the telling of it was dreadful to me.


I think this was a story he wrote for his children about snippets of his beliefs, his hope's, his family lineage. I am not his family. Maybe if I'd known that was.his means of story telling, I would have enjoyed it. Maybe. Maybe not. 


Others I know enjoyed it. Maybe if I'd read the print format, and could have skimmed it, I would grant a higher rating. He was so very, very, very repetitive and went off track constantly. The topic was vital. The presentation was not in my skillset to enjoy. 20 pages should have done it nicely ... but it was far more pages than 20.

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Get comfy for a great book.

This is a great audio for a lazy day. The stories seem to be guide you bit off topic and then all of the sudden -- you realize you get it. I love this book. I t is more than about the environment. SO MUCH MORE. Thank you Jonathan Safran Foer.