• The Omnivore's Dilemma

  • Young Readers Edition
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (246 ratings)
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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 listeners’ 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, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, 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

Gold Medal in Nonfiction for the California Book Award • Winner of the 2007 Bay Area Book Award for Nonfiction • Winner of the 2007 James Beard Book Award/Writing on Food Category • Finalist for the 2007 Orion Book Award • Finalist for the 2007 NBCC Award

"Thoughtful, engrossing.... You're not likely to get a better explanation of exactly where your food comes from." (The New York Times Book Review)

"An eater's manifesto...[Pollan's] cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling. Be careful of your dinner!" (The Washington Post)

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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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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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WOW!!!

I loved it. My eyes have opened wide to the real story of how we eat and where our food comes from. I recently urged my wife to support my desire to switch to a plant base diet. And cut way down on eating meat and dairy products. Now I think I’ll become a flexitarian. I wish I read this book sooner.
Thanks

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

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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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Much better than I expected

I downloaded this book trying to understand the perspective of other people, and telling myself to give it a real chance (I’m a meat eater who supports hunting and who has friends involved in lots of different spots of different food systems). It was very good. Though some phrasing seemed inflammatory at the time, the book as the whole was balanced and fair. Plenty of details without getting too far into the weeds. I downloaded the kids version on accident, but am happy I did, and the kid-specific comments were good.

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Great Book!

A great book! It was very well read, informal, clear, and interesting. You can tell that the author really went through the experience and was honest about it affected him for the better. It definitely opened my eyes to what I choose to eat.

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  • 04-10-16

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
  • 08-30-17

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
  • 09-07-18

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
  • 07-10-18

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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  • Bill Dunsmuir
  • 08-28-17

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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-21

Get the other version?

Interesting book and topic. What I didn't realise until too late was that this in an abridged/altered version apparently aimed at teenagers.

The result is that you will occasionally find the author over-explaining basic premises and talking down to you.

it's not done in a patronising way. But it's annoying enough that you might regret buying this version. (Haven't tried the other, but i assume it won't spend 5 minutes explaining what the word hybrid means).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-18

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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  • 01-11-18

original please

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

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  • Andrew
  • 03-13-17

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.