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D. David

Pullman, Washington | Member Since 2009

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  • The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Casey Affleck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    A Signature Performance: Oscar nominee and passionate vegan Casey Affleck highlights the more-relevant-than-ever issues of business ethics and food production in Upton Sinclair’s meatpacking industry bombshell.

    Kamigaeru says: "Caveat emptor: Powerful book, subpar narration"
    "Droning On"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck better?

    A little less monotone.


    Has The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Casey Affleck’s performances?

    Uncertain


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Interesting percept, but contradictory reasoning.


    Any additional comments?

    The Jungle makes salient points about the unsanitary, precarious and corrupt nature of the beginnings of one of America’s industries in one of our most corrupt cities, Chicago. Contradicting itself, The Jungle provides examples of immigrants bringing that same industry to its knees by refusing conditions others seemed compelled to accept.

    The Jungle also makes a good case for governmental regulation, while unintentionally providing many contradictory examples of regulatory corruption. The author’s solution? The endless dictatorial corruption of socialism.

    Exploited, the main character turns to crime and participation in regulatory corruption, and fails to understand the opportunities provided him in the peace and sanity of rural America.

    Anyone can drone on endlessly about the ugliness in any human or human endeavor. It takes a good writer to strike a balanced description of human frailty so the reader wants to turn the page. I got so I did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Some Good Exposure & Points"
    Overall

    There are no new tales. This one drones on in verbose Jane Austen poetic prose. Its points were more succinctly stated in 55 C.E. in the 13th section of the first letter to a group in Corinth. Ultimately though, Goolrick compellingly denudes the sensual male psyche while profoundly illustrating the required selflessness of love.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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