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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Ozeki Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781455180080
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My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki’s delicious debut novel, won a devoted following and was hailed by critics as inventing a new genre: the “eco-saga.” Here, Ozeki takes us to the heart of the potato farming industry.

Yumi Fuller is a Japanese-American prodigal daughter returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi (a.k.a. Yummy) is now a fairly responsible parent and a professor. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, her Alzheimer’s-devastated mother, her former lover, and Cass, the best friend she left behind?

As she grapples with her conflicted past and uncertain future, Yumi collides with a rollicking band of environmentalists who see her parents’ potato farm as the ideal answer in their fight against genetic engineering.

With a quirky cast of characters and a keen eye for the vicissitudes of corporate life, political resistance, youth culture, aging baby boomers, and globalization, as well as the beauty of seeds, roots, and all growing things, All Over Creation offers something for just about everyone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a combination of humor and pathos that is all her own, Ozeki brings the American pastoral forward into the age of agribusiness and genetic engineering. The result is a smart and compelling novel about a world we don’t realize we live in.”

    Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire

  • “Anna Fields’ reading is as accomplished as the storytelling; as audio experiences go, this is just about perfect.”

    AudioFile

  • “Ozeki’s characters are utterly charming, and she writes with sensitivity and inventiveness about the complexities of love and nature, deftly humanizing the thorny issues raised by biotechnology with humor and panache in a tale rich in suspense and pathos.”

    Booklist

  • “With her rich and sonorous voice, Fields…evokes the warmth and humor in Ozeki’s nuanced paean to the profusion of life and the healing power of loving care…a satisfying, funny, heart-warming novel.”

    Kliatt

  • Winner of the Audie Award Audie Award for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • The 2003 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • Winner of the 2004 American Book Award
  • Winner of the 2004 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction
  • A 2003 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeana | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this. It wasn't an all out page turner, as it took me some time to get through, but I enjoyed it. Yummy Fuller ran away at fourteen and now, twenty-six years later, she returns home as a single mom to three kids. I was only slightly sympathetic to her. She sort of made her own bed in her very poor choices, even if she was somewhat driven to them by her fundamentalist family. Growing up in Idaho would be rough on anyone. Regardless, she spends too much time blaming everyone else for her problems. Maybe I've just grown up too much to feel sorry for a fourteen year old runaway. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/26/2014

    " It was ok. Over long at times, but ended well, all nice and tied up in a bow. Just like I like 'em! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/19/2014

    " My year of Meats was such a great book... not preachy, but thought-provoking through the story. This book was a finger-wagging-you-better-listen-to-me-or -else. It wasn't a good story. But I highly recommend My Year of Meats by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 1/12/2014

    " This book was incredibly slow. I would have quit reading, if it wasn't this month's pick by my book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Mazzola | 1/10/2014

    " An interesting look at genetically modified farming and a story to go along with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gitana | 11/19/2013

    " I really like this Author, heartwarming story, fun characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lael | 11/15/2013

    " An entertaining, unique little tale. I would have given it 4 stars, but one of the main characters started grating on my nerves a bit towards the end. Still worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adonna | 11/11/2013

    " Not as good as My Year of Meats, but it still contains very interesting/controversial information about GMOs or GE foods. I just had a hard time empathizing with, or even liking the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/17/2013

    " Super informative, but kind of boring. It is worth reading if you are at all interested in genetically engineered food/plants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adina | 9/24/2013

    " entertaining complex story. makes you want to eat organic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/16/2013

    " Made me laugh and want to hop in a biodiesel bus and fight against GMO monster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/5/2013

    " Funny, frigtening, generally a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 2/14/2013

    " This book was odd, but I couldn't stop reading it. The main characters are a train wreck in themselves but the story was well developed with an interesting ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Baldwin | 2/6/2013

    " I never could finish this one. Disappointing after "My Year of Meats." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddy | 11/19/2012

    " The kind of thing that should be up my alley - but for some reason I found it bland and preachy. I think I read it on the way to Yellowstone Park for my undergrad research. If you want to be educated about food system issues, read your Michael Pollan and skip this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 9/15/2012

    " Less preaching and more humor would have helped put this story on par with her "Year of Meats" story. Oh well, her themes can all be original, I guess & maybe I'm too picky or both. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 7/31/2012

    " Also one of my favorite books. It's funny, human, touching. I liked her first book too (My Year of Meats), and I think it's an improvement over that one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/9/2012

    " Listende of Ipod. Great reader and interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie | 12/11/2011

    " Could hardly put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/3/2011

    " My Year of Meats was flashier, more media saturated & had more laugh-out-loud moments. But this second novel had characters I missed the day after I finished the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Walbridge | 2/28/2011

    " This didn't quite rock my world, but it did make me look at potatoes in a different light. From what I've heard, Ozeki's My Year of Meats is a better pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/6/2011

    " So far, interesting and the author keeps the multiple story lines moving. Still, doesn't make me want to go to Idaho. Or eat most produce. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/31/2011

    " I had high hopes at the beginning, but the author lost me at about a quarter of the way into the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/29/2010

    " My Year of Meats was flashier, more media saturated & had more laugh-out-loud moments. But this second novel had characters I missed the day after I finished the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ink Muncher | 9/12/2010

    " I loved My Year of Meats and this is one is standing by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottie | 9/6/2010

    " Reminiscent of The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 7/8/2010

    " Enjoyed this book and learned a little at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 4/20/2010

    " recommend to the right people. not everyone would like it due to subplot of potato engineering "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/26/2010

    " Who would have predicted that interactions between modern hippie activists against genetic engineering and other food abuses, and salt-of-the-earth Idaho potato producers, would lead to a meeting of the minds? I absolutely loved this book and all its rich characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/26/2010

    " OK. Dreary at times. Dragged on too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/11/2010

    " Very satisfying, complex, lots of characters intertwining...this book really shows Ozeki growing up as a writer. There's a lot of near-preaching in this, but the characters are strong enough that it's still delightful to read. If you are a hippie gardener, it's absolutely entrancing. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is a filmmaker and novelist who has won major awards in both fields. Her first two novels garnered over a dozen awards, including an American Book Award, a WILLA Literary Award, and a New York Times Notable Book designation. 

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.