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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by Javier | 2/7/2014

    " Meat, husbands are bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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