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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Ozeki Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455180189
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A modern-day take on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

With reality, humor, and a message about corporate greed, veteran filmmaker Ruth Ozeki weaves together the story of two women a world apart. Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by an American meat-exporting business. But along the way, she discovers some unsavory truths about love, honor, and a particularly damaging hormone called DES that wreaks havoc with her uterus. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally. How Jane’s and Akiko’s lives intersect in wacky cross-cultural collisions provides romance, humor, intrigue, and even a muckraking message about questionable meat and the homogenization of America.

This is the perfect fiction companion to The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Romance, agri-business, self-discovery, cross-cultural misunderstanding—it takes talent like Ruth Ozeki’s to blend all these ingredient beautifully together. My Year of Meats is a sensitive and compelling portrait of two modern women.”

    Arthur Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Memoirs of a Geisha

  • “There is an ardent passion to the center of this novel…rare and provocative.”

    USA Today

  • “A comical-satirical-farcical-epical-tragical-romantical novel…delicious…up-to-the minute.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A stunning combination of outstanding writing and performance…Anna Fields flawlessly embodies all of the extreme characters in this work. Fields is a wonder as she flows from Japanese to various American accents and Japanese-inflected American. Her tour de force delivery of this feminist satire provides a refreshing dose of comedy to serious issues—meat, sex, and cultural pressure.”

    AudioFile

  • “Ozeki skillfully tackles hard-pressing issues such as the use and effects of hormones in the beef industry and topics such as cultural differences, gender roles, and sexual exploitation. Her work is unique in presentation yet moving and entertaining.”

    Library Journal

  • “The characters, major, minor and incidental, are all well written and beautifully portrayed by actress Anna Fields…She never loses a single character, and when people reappear after a long hiatus in the story, they are immediately recognizable in the voice of this actress. She gets the laughs in the text, as well as the heartache.”

    Audiobookstoday.com 

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the Listen Up Award in 2003

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/14/2014

    " Hard to read at parts if you are a meat eater. Found the two women main characters very interesting and satisfying end for both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier | 2/7/2014

    " Meat, husbands are bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/21/2014

    " This is a good book to read if you are curious about the meat industry, as well as simply being an interesting novel with good character development. It might tempt you to become a vegetarian! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anikka | 1/16/2014

    " I really considered becoming a vegetarian after I read this book, but I don't think my blood type will allow for it - I try to buy organic instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2014

    " Great novel so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/5/2014

    " Just finished reading. Funny, funny beginning but what an emotional roller coaster at the end. Some parts are way too graphic for me but on the whole enjoyed the juxtaposition of the two cultures. Thanks, Dana! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liezl | 12/28/2013

    " Slow at first, but when it got rolling I could not put it down. Such a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aformula | 12/27/2013

    " This book is incredibly funny while challenging traditional notions about American society-- from the structure of its families to the nature of our food production. 'My Year Of Meats' is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/16/2013

    " My new favorite writer! excellent parallel stories of a Japanese-American film maker and a Japanese housewife; explores Japan's fascination with all things American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 11/1/2013

    " Fictional counterpart to The Omnivore's Dilemma. Entertaining, informative, endlessly readable. Everything you could want in a vacation read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/10/2013

    " second reading... i read it last year when i first came to holland and am reading it again to relive that experience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scar | 8/21/2013

    " had to read this for asian lit...really good book. not really about meat...but good representation of asian culture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/23/2013

    " Thought-provoking, quirky, well-written. An unexpected pleasure from an author previously unknown to me. I keep expecting to see that it will be made into a film, but possibly its quirkiness works against it. But I highly recommend the book. "

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

    " I love this book. It changed the way I think of meat! I also loved the voice of the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/18/2013

    " It's a long time since I read this book (I've guessed the year), but I remember that I absolutely LOVED it. I should really dig it out and read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexie | 1/15/2013

    " I loved this book. It was very very funny. I found the second half of the book less entertaining and more serious, so I only gave it four stars....but still worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 1/5/2013

    " A Very funny "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 12/2/2012

    " Ok. 1990's version of The Jungle. Not great writing, but readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 3/14/2012

    " Didn't like the end...but enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scary | 2/25/2012

    " I could really relate to the main character. Very very well written. The theme of the story really drew me in. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan Lund | 1/5/2012

    " Don't be put off by the title...it's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was funny and different, but the information on the meat industry will definitely get you thinking about going organic or vegetarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/28/2011

    " While I liked the "story" part of this book I got a little tired of the anti-meat proselytizing with which this book is laced. I got the feeling the author was writing an expose of the meat industry and chose to wrap it in a novel for higher sales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/19/2011

    " Just superb and completely original. Filled with quirky characters, humor, and insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/22/2011

    " I liked the different families that were featured in each episode - some really interesting characters. There were a few things about factory farming that I didn't already know about (hormone-related) that I saw for the first time in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorena | 2/20/2011

    " Very engaging story. I may never eat meat again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 2/13/2011

    " This book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/5/2011

    " The title sucked me in - I"m hooked after the first 3 chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/1/2011

    " Great read, although it sounds really strange. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 1/19/2011

    " I got to page 280 (of 360) and had to give up. That really hurts. The book starts out fun, but takes an unfortunate turn for the belabored, and by the end (or, more accurately, by page 280) it feels like a Michael Pollan book. "

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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.