Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Sound Library 2003
CS ISBN 079273047X $59.95 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 0792730488 $64.95/ $12.95(R) Six CDs
Quite different from the largely anecdotal bestsellers Masson has done in the past, such as THE NINE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF CATS and WHEN ELEPHANTS WEEP, this is a harrowing and emotional plea to look at the horror and inhumanity forced on domestic livestock around the world. Glimpses into the brutal conditions under which chickens, pigs, and cows, to name just a few, are forced to survive in huge factory farms are juxtaposed with tales from " farm sanctuaries," where ordinary people who have chosen to lend a hand in rehabilitation observe the intelligence and ultimately forgiving nature of these "dumb animals." Be prepared to take up the vegetarian creed after this listen. Tim Jerome gives a perfect performance with a delivery both intense and compelling. You'll find yourself caught up in this unflinching depiction and caring deeply about our self-imposed position at the top of the food chain. D.G. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]
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