A rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist: a four-legged heroine you won't soon forget.
Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that - her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer's family gathered around a bright Box God - and what the Box God reveals about something called an "industrial meat farm" shakes Elsie's understanding of her world to its core.
There's only one solution: escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Jerry - excuse me, Shalom - a cranky, Torah-reading pig who's recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave (in his own mind, at least) turkey who can't fly, but who can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport.
Elsie is our wise-cracking, pop-culture-reference-dropping, slyly witty narrator; Tom - who does eventually learn to fly (sort of) - dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom, rejected by his adopted people in Jerusalem, ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny's charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance that the world desperately needs.
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Holy Cow, and how much I came to love Elsie and friends. Although it seems light-hearted and comic on the surface, there are powerful messages contained within, and the book was thought-provoking. David's narration is lovely, very expressive, and I loved hearing how he imagined the characters speaking.
"Don't Pass This By"
I am a huge David Duchovny fan, so I was going to get this one anyway. I'm So glad I did! What I got was a witty, smart, touching story that absolutely has meaning. It's short and I wish it were longer, but only for selfish reasons.
David's narration of his story only makes me love it more. I don't think I have recommend a book so highly and to so many people before Holy Cow.
Please, please write again soon. This was a delightful listen.
"Short and fun"
I'm glad Duchovny read it himself because he did an excellent job. It's an unconventional book but anyone who liked the character Hank Moody from Californication would like it. It could be read to children; I'm not sure if it's meant for children. But it's definitely witty, at least partly allegorical and might even be autobiographical.
"Smart and Funny"
They were all memorable, especially Shalom's (the pig) situation with circumcision. It was just TOO FUNNY. The Yiddish expressions were hilarious. I couldn't stop cracking up. So good!
No I haven't. He's a great narrator for Holy Cow, but then he is the author. I never knew he was so hilarious. Loved him!
I would say Elsie, but all the characters were great.
I would think this funny and "straight to the heart" story should be a 2015 Best Seller. I never have laughed so much with any other book. 5+Stars.,Go David!
Incredibly smart, insightful, witty,charming, creative and original. Dave Duchovny does not disappoint. As talented a writer as actor.
"Cute, Current, Smart, Hilarious and Poignant"
One of the best by far. David Duchovny's voice and inflection was made for this and I'd listen to him read any book to me.
Q, for obvious reasons.. gotta read the book to find out. She is the omniscient heroine.
The whispered asides. It's always a bonus to have the author narrate, but it's especially a bonus when he's a talented actor that can authentically portray feelings through his voice.
Stop using animals for anything. Go vegan. They think and feel just like we do and I hope this illustration of what the world seems like from an animal's point of view changes the minds and hearts of millions. It's interesting that this question asked about "extreme" reactions. Ceasing to use or exploit animals is viewed as extreme by so many. But what is extreme? Abusing animals or abstaining from harming anything?
"An actor writes a book...."
Slightly amusing. Slightly cute. Many bad puns. Some mild preaching about the way humans treat the world. An actor writes a story that tries to be a little too clever for its own good at times.
Elsie, a cow, one day discovers what fate awaits a farm cow - the slaughterhouse. She sets off with a pig and a turkey on a voyage to India, because she is told cows are revered there.
Never great, never entirely bad, Holy Cow is an opportunity for self indulgence by a successful actor who perhaps has long harboured a dream to write a book. He can now cross that off his list, and at least be comforted by knowing there's worse out there than this.
An ok light read.
"Well written, pretty good"
Overall, I enjoyed the book, although Duchovny has a sort of weakness of wearing his political leanings a little bit too clearly in fiction. I do want to clarify, however, that I don't have a problem with exposing political biases in fiction (if that was an issue, even Orwell would be a horrible writer), but the way Duchovny present his conservative view of technology seems to permeate beyond his writing and his characters on TV to the point where it becomes often more obvious than the actual point he is trying to make or the character he is trying to portray. That being said, I only focus on that because I so much enjoyed the rest of the story that I do not have other comments. In reality, it barely affected my experience with the story just as much as it barely affects my ability to get into anything he does on-screen. Of course I would highly recommend giving this a listen/read.
A global message in a parable. serious and silly, Holy Cow will speak to a wide variety of audiences.
"it's like Hank Moody wrote and read the story"
I can't imagine the story being as funny if I read it myself rather than David Duchovny reading it. he truly made it entertaining like it was supposed to be. the actual story was a little hokey but funny as hell with David D reading. and like my headline reads, it had a lot Hank Moody humor. i loved it.
just get lost in this funny story. then you can come back to reality. you will never look set farm animals the same again.
Incredibly smart and educational story!!!Duchovny showed the world that he is truly a thinking man!!!
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