Don't Eat This Book

  • by Morgan Spurlock
  • Narrated by Morgan Spurlock
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For 30 days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary won him resounding applause and a worldwide release that broke box-office records. Audiences were captivated by Spurlock's experiment, during which he gained 25 pounds, his blood pressure skyrocketed, and his libido all but disappeared. But this story goes far beyond Spurlock's good-humored "Mc-Sickness". He traveled across the country, into schools, hospitals, and people's homes, to investigate school lunch programs, the marketing of fast food, and the declining emphasis on health and physical education. He looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive, and what Americans can do to turn the rising tide of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes that have accompanied its ever-growing popularity. He interviewed experts in 20 U.S. cities, from surgeons general and kids to lawmakers and marketing gurus who share their research, opinions, and "gut feelings" on our ever-expanding girth and what we can all do to offset a health crisis of supersized proportions. In this groundbreaking, hilarious book, "benevolent muckraker" Morgan Spurlock debuts a wry investigative voice that will appeal to anyone interested in the health of our country, our children, and ourselves.


What the Critics Say

"Fact-packed and funny, this offshoot of Spurlock's Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me serves both as a substitute for and addition to the movie....Spurlock's wisecracks make the statistic-laden information easily digestible." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Very Disappointing

I was expecting this book to be about the author's experiences while on his month-long McDonalds only diet. I was totally misled as he barely touched on his month long experiment. This book was eight hours of listening to the author trash everyone from big businesses, television, and government programs regulating the food industry. Mr negativity (my name for the author) tries his best to blame McDonalds, television and the government for all of America's weight problems. He needs to understand that McDonalds is a business that needs to focus on the bottom line and shareholder profits. Getting people to eat their food is their job. Sure, it's not the healthiest of meal choices, but can be a part of someone's diet if consumed in moderation. Obviously, exercise is extremely important in the health of individuals which the author does touch upon. It's not the fault of McDonalds or television companies that too many people in this world don't exercise on a regular basis.

Anyway, the book is not what I expected. I didn't find it humorous as some other reviewers did. If you're looking to listen to eight hours of negativity and blame, I would recommend this book. Otherwise, stay away.
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- Brett

A must-read!

If you liked the tongue-in-cheek style of the superblockbustermegahit "Super Size Me," you'll love this book, graciously read by the man himself. Conversely, if you like this book, you MUST watch the movie!

Unfortunately, most people who absorb these materials are the ones who are interested in this subject because they already know better than to eat the crap they try to force down our throats. Listen to and/or read this book, and spread the word to your fat friends!
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- Jeff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio