cover image Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

Morgan Spurlock, , read by the author. . Penguin Audio, $29.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-14-305731-4

Though he wasn't much of an activist before his monthlong, McDonald's-eating experiment (documented in his film Super Size Me ), Spurlock has since become a crusader for healthy eating. His passion is obvious in his reading of this audiobook, which delves more deeply into the issues his film raised, focusing in particular on food industry lobbyists and youth-oriented advertising. His undisguised indignation at their manipulative tactics and his contempt for the often slothful modern American lifestyle rise inexorably as he reels off statistics about calorie content, chemical additives, lack of exercise and so on. Frequently, his enthusiasm leads him to read too quickly and, without visuals showing portion sizes or unhealthy trends, the audio loses some of its impact. Spurlock also announces "sidebar" every time he begins reading what in the book are separate boxes, which is unnecessary and somewhat irritating since the information always relates to what he has been discussing. But the sincerity of Spurlock's quest and his mockery of the people behind what he sees as a national threat—he humorously mimics the voices of advertising executives and food industry honchos when reading their claims—makes this audio easy to consume. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 28). (June)