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Title:
Sweetness #9
Author:
Clark, Stephan Eirik, author.
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. ; New York, NY : Hachette Audio, [2014]

â„—2014
Physical Description:
10 audio discs (approximately 11.5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn. While testing a new artificial sweetener--"Sweetness #9"--he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition? David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.
General Note:
Duration: 11:30:00.

Compact discs.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781478932574

9781478932581
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.While testing a new artificial sweetener--"Sweetness #9"--he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead.Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?David's search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.


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Library Journal Review

In this good-natured satire of America's love of the artificial, nice guy David -Leveraux is the straight man who got top honors in flavor science with his thesis on the "Biophysics of Brie." He gets fired from his first job at an animal-testing lab after he notices disturbing behavior in the animals that are fed a sugar substitute, Sweetness #9. Unable to find work, David checks himself into a state mental institution. Not until he is rescued from the asylum by Ernst Eberhardt, Hitler's flavorist during the waning days of World War II, does he find success. David moves back in with wife Betty, and they have two lovely children. All is well until the family starts exhibiting some familiar, unsettling behavior. Is the world's most popular artificial sweetener making his wife fat? Is his son addicted to Red Dye No. 40? Will his daughter get her hands on a poorly translated Albanian research report that blows the lid off Sweetness #9? VERDICT This debut novel is a hilarious take down of an industry more interested in getting us to buy its products than in selling us good food. Essential for fans of Christopher -Buckley's Thank You for Smoking.-Pamela Mann, St. Mary's Coll. Lib., MD (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.