Somehow I never read this book in high school or even college. I can't believe what I missed! If you haven't read this book, you should. But while the text of the book is a truly powerful work, this audio version of The Jungle has been ruined by the narrator: Casey Affleck's reading was exceedingly uninspiring. (I believe another reviewer used the word "underwhelming" which is a very apt description!) Please find a paper copy or another audio version and save yourself a credit.
I was somewhat disappointed in this audiobook, mostly because of the voices chosen to narrate this novel. There was a huge disconnect for me between the readers and the characters they were portraying, and I probably would have been better off reading these stories instead.
That said, it was not King at his worst or his best. He excels at putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances (as the afterword states), and this collection was no exception! The pacing of each story was good for the most part, but sometimes the plot slowed, wandered off and got lost altogether. Out of the stories contained within this latest work, the ones that stood most out were "1922" and "A Good Marriage". Overall, worth a read, but maybe not a listen.
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