Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that - her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer's family gathered around a bright Box God - and what the Box God reveals about something called an "industrial meat farm" shakes Elsie's understanding of her world to its core.
There's only one solution: escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Jerry - excuse me, Shalom - a cranky, Torah-reading pig who's recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave (in his own mind, at least) turkey who can't fly, but who can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport.
Elsie is our wise-cracking, pop-culture-reference-dropping, slyly witty narrator; Tom - who does eventually learn to fly (sort of) - dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom, rejected by his adopted people in Jerusalem, ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny's charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance that the world desperately needs.
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By Umair on 08-02-15
Short and fun
I'm glad Duchovny read it himself because he did an excellent job. It's an unconventional book but anyone who liked the character Hank Moody from Californication would like it. It could be read to children; I'm not sure if it's meant for children. But it's definitely witty, at least partly allegorical and might even be autobiographical.
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By Diana on 11-02-15
Smart and Funny
Where does Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale?
They were all memorable, especially Shalom's (the pig) situation with circumcision. It was just TOO FUNNY. The Yiddish expressions were hilarious. I couldn't stop cracking up. So good!
Have you listened to any of David Duchovny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No I haven't. He's a great narrator for Holy Cow, but then he is the author. I never knew he was so hilarious. Loved him!
Who was the most memorable character of Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale and why?
I would say Elsie, but all the characters were great.
Any additional comments?
I would think this funny and "straight to the heart" story should be a 2015 Best Seller. I never have laughed so much with any other book. 5+Stars.,Go David!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful