Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals: The Future of Food Audiobook, by Roanne van Voorst Play Audiobook Sample

Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals: The Future of Food Audiobook

Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals: The Future of Food Audiobook, by Roanne van Voorst Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Eileen Stevens Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063005914

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Longest Chapter Length:

60:41 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

19 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

26:37 minutes

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Combining the ethical clarity of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals with the disquieting vision of Alan Weissman’s bestseller The World Without Us, a thought-provoking, entertaining exploration of a future where animal consumption is a thing of the past. Though increasing numbers of people know that eating meat is detrimental to our planet’s health, many still can’t be convinced to give up eating meat. But how can we change behavior when common arguments and information aren’t working?

 Acclaimed anthropologist Roanne Van Voorst changes the dialogue. In Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals, she shifts the focus from the present looking forward to the future looking back—imagining a world in which most no longer use  animals for food, clothing, or other items. By shifting the viewpoint, she offers a clear and compelling vision of what it means to live in a world without meat.

A massive shift is already taking place—everything van Voorst covers in this book has already been invented and is being used today by individuals and small organizations worldwide. 

Hopeful and persuasive, Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals offers a tantalizing vision of what is not only possible but perhaps inevitable. 

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“Eileen Stevens’…soft edges and welcoming tone of her voice are anything but heavy-handed.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Cracks open the door to a kinder, more sustainable future.”

    — New York Journal of Books

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About Roanne van Voorst

Roanne van Voorst, PhD, is a researcher, writer, speaker, and moderator. As an anthropologist of the future, her core research focuses on what she calls “sustainable humanity.” Her research has taken her around the globe: from Inuit villages in Greenland to the neighborhoods of Jakarta.

About Eileen Stevens

Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress whose voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, programs for English-language learners, and audiobooks. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, she is also an audiobook director and producer.