Tender is the Flesh

Written by:
Agustina Bazterrica
Narrated by:
Joseph Balderrama

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2020
6 hours 44 minutes
Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.

Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.
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Sandra C.

Strongly recommendation to read book and I wasn't disappointed at all. I thought I knew and understood how it would end, but I was in no way prepared.

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Camryn Ashrows

I really enjoyed the book and the world building. Marco was a complex and deeply flawed character. I would read/ listen to it again to more closely understand his character and motivations. I am interested in what happened after the book, which is the telltale sign of a good book!

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It’s good i recommend

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Wow, just wow! So much can be said about this one, a glimpse into the fragility of our so-called civilized society, while it begs the question, can we even call ourselves civilized when our treatment of other species is nothing short of barbaric! 10/10

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Very well detailed and right into the story. A devastating ending. Highly recommend

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Rhea G.

So amazing!

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Carrie P.

Bazterrica amazed me with this. Almost had undertones of Hemingway in the sense of utilizing the iceberg method in this writing. The ending made me audibly gasp! What a dystopia of a world.

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Kelly Edmunds

I absolutely loved this premise‐ the author did an amazing job worldbuilding. Horribly realistic :|

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Heather C.

The novel itself was ok. It felt like an exploration of a “what if” prompt by describing different aspects of the “special meat” concepts with a loose narrative. Joseph Balderrama blew me away with his narration though. He was the perfect amount of cynical and dark in his tone.

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Interesting concept but was hoping for some more excitement and action.

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An amazing book, must read! Mind altering and makes you think in a whole new way! Wish there was a second part though!

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Anticlimactic, and had all the right parts to make something great, but was ultimately disappointing.

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I didn't like the ending that much, it felt very out of character for Marcos to be honest. Nevertheless, I really loved the plot and concept of this book. It made me stretch my imagination in a way that has never been stretched before. I wouldn't mind hearing another book from this author.

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