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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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As solid as it gets

Extremely solid book and easy to follow narration. Definitely recommend for those that want to be grossed out

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horror-ible

"Tender is the Flesh" is chock full of graghic scenes that seem to solely serve the purpose of shocking the reader. The story has pointless violence, a weak storyline, and poor character building. By the end, I was only continuing the read because it was suggested by a friend and I feel I can only give a bad review if I finish the book.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

This book had me cringing and at the end of my seat the entire time. An interesting story to experience after spending the last 18 months in a pandemic. I had to keep reminding myself “this is fiction. This is fiction!” A true tale of the potential of humans and how cruel and selfish humanity can be when it is threatened. Not to mention, I am now questioning everything about eating meat in general. The ending of the book had me speechless and took the story to a whole new level. This one is not for the faint of heart but it’s an incredible book none the less!

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What a ride

This book definitely messed me up. It was hard to have lunch after listening to the tour of the processing plant. That very fine line between humanity and survival is one this book tip toes on. The scariest things in the book are the regular people. It put me on edge. I would recommend for a good suspense filled time.