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The Omnivore's Dilemma

Young Readers Edition
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller that's changing America's diet is now perfect for younger listeners.

"What's for dinner?" seemed like a simple question - until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers' adaptation of Pollan's famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. 

In a smart, compelling format with updated facts as well as a new afterword, The Omnivore's Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It's time to take charge of our national eating habits - and it starts with you. 

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

©2009 Michael Pollan (P)2015 Listening Library (Audio)

Critic Reviews

"MacLeod Andrews offers such an enthusiastically engaging narration that it almost doesn't matter that the subject of this audiobook is fascinating and compelling in its own right." (AudioFile)

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Excellent book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Found the facts about modern factory food production quite disturbing. Enjoyed hearing about Polyface Farm

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Couldn't finish this audiobook.

It started off well but the description of the feed lot was disturbing, However when they got to the description of the author shooting and then gutting a pig hanging from a tree, that was the point at which I decided that there were other books on diet that needed my attention. This book did me a service in that it did convince me that the decision to go vegetarian three years ago was the correct one. Narration was quite OK,

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Wonderful, Thankyou!

I liked the reading style, it fit well with the writing style and made it feel like Michael Pollan was talking to me in the room. The book itself was informative and confirmed what I have suspected about the food industry and what changes we need to make. Thanks again!

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original please

they only had young readers version I wanted the original but good all the same

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Truly important messages

A must listen for all Americans. Still got a lot of of it on the other side of the world in Australia. This book helps people remember and think about things we need to remember and think about more in our lives. Loved it.

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  • CourtneyWNY
  • 21-02-2017

So glad I finally read this book!

As an adult I still really enjoyed this book and found the principles it espouses to be fascinating. I'm going to be more vigilant about my food choices and am going to try to cook more often and therefore choose better ingredients. Co-op, here I come! -- Despite the fact that this is a young readers edition I still found it engaging and totally worth my time. I hope schools are using this. No matter what your age is, I recommend this book highly! MacLeod Andrews does an excellent job as the narrator, too!

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  • Marco
  • 15-08-2017

Awesome voice over

Macleod has a really awesome voice while reading the content. It seems like your having a conversation because of how engaging he sounds

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  • Heather
  • 07-08-2016

Must Read!

With journalistic excellence, Pollan tracks the journey from plant/animal to food on your plate. The book is packed full of important information that everyone should know about their food sources. All of this is presented as part of an interesting personal story that includes humor and many complex human emotions.

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  • Mrs. G
  • 28-03-2016

amazing

I listened this novel in the car with my family driving for 8 hours round trip. My children are 7 and 8. We were all interested and this sparked many questions from my sons, especially about the slaughter houses and corn. We have begun eating healthier and more consciously. I am a teacher and I will be reading this with my 8 th grade class. I am looking forward to their reaction.

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  • xun hui zeng
  • 15-04-2019

Only Corn

I was interested to read this book for my language arts class until I actually started reading the book. I had to also write the main ideas and information on this book. It was really boring because it only talks about CORN. It mainly talks about the opinion of the narrator. The narration is FINE but the story plot was extremely annoying and boring. It helps us be aware, so yes, it's helpful for those who need to see what's in their diet, daily. But I personally don't. I'm just at the beginning of the book, so I don't entirely know the entire plot but from what I've already read it's extremely boring.

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  • jean
  • 06-08-2018

Boring

The writer was very obnoxious and boring to listen to. He listed a lot of unnecessary details and seemed more opinion based than fact based. I could barely finish it. Would never recommend unless I maybe hated the person.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-08-2017

Why

So boring but kind of interesting at the same time still don't like this book

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  • lotuswings
  • 26-07-2017

game changer

Pollan changed how I will look at the food on my plate forever. What an eye opener. I loved it!!

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  • Michael Hall
  • 30-08-2016

A must read

Loved this book. An authoritive and thoughtful account of what should be one of The most important aspects of being human; what we choose to eat. And how this decision effects our world, for better or worse.

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  • Janice M. Williams
  • 06-06-2016

Great Read

Michael is such an amazing story teller. I enjoy reading his work. I didn't know this audiobook was for kids but as an adult, all of it is relative. So I'd recommend it for adults too.

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  • petramarton
  • 10-04-2016

very insightful and entertaining

superb read and will make you think about your food choices in the future. every consumer should read it.

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  • petebog
  • 30-08-2017

Thought provoking. Engagingly narrated

Being a vegetarian I had no difficulty in the author's choices. I found his compassion for animals and consideration for the decisions we all make heart warming. There's room for everyone in his philosophy.

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  • Sonay
  • 07-09-2018

Everyone should read this book

This book should be made compulsory in schools, it really highlights the problems we face as consumers regarding intensively farmed foods. It's well presented and is engaging all the way through. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2018

If you eat, you must read this

Well I admire what Micheal Pollan has done in this book. At times I didn't want to read bits, too sad. But if I can't read about it then I shouldn't eat it.
I'm a reductarian (vegan 4 days a week) and this book explains why....... for our planet..... for my health..... for animals and humanity!

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  • William D. Dunsmuir
  • 28-08-2017

Great perspective on the food chain

Great perspective on the food chain for those interested in nutrition. I would like my teenage children to read it!