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The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck Audiobook

The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Originally best known as Ben Affleck's little brother, Casey Affleck has firmly established himself as a talented actor in his own right. Roles in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), have made their critical mark in Hollywood. In his Signature Performance of Upton Sinclair's classic The Jungle, Affleck's diverse family ancestry (English, Irish, French, Swedish, German, and Scottish) is on display in his command of the multifarious languages of immigrants in early-1900s Chicago. In his distinctive boyish timbre, he even pronounces Lithuanian like a native.

Publisher's Summary

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a visceral and tragic story of immigrants trying to scratch out a living in the meatpacking plants of Chicago. The resulting public outcry led directly to the US government enacting changes in food and workplace safety practices still in place today.

With food production, business ethics, and immigration back in the news, Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) taps into the emotion behind these issues to breathe life back into the struggling inhabitants of Packingtown. Affleck, a committed vegan and animal rights spokesman, delivers a moving performance that connects with the book’s enduring legacy.

The Jungle revolves around the life and family of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant whose dreams of a better life are crushed by punishing work in gruesome stockyards and an unforgiving city. Brilliantly written and vividly described, it provides a poignant and incredibly detailed snapshot of a striking point in American history.

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    HIYBRID 02-09-13
    HIYBRID 02-09-13

    Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure

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    "This is not Sir Richard Attenborough's Jungle"

    This is the jungle that is my personal history being of slavic (Polish) extraction. My personal history is with the steel mills and coal mines nearby. In this story we see the struggle of the immigrants to an earlier America in another industry. If you do not realize that this is a historical retelling of the actual lives of people in America you missed a big part of American history. This is not fiction.
    Here's a reality check. You know how Julian Assange leaked secret documents about the war in the middle east. You remember how the Watergate Scandal led to the resignation of Nixon as president. Well "the Jungle" was as big an expose' in it's time for telling the truth aobut the meat packing industry. This led to the current involvement of the Food and Drug Admin in our daily lives (yes thank you )... So you owe it to yourself to read the history of where we were back then and how greed is truly a deadly sin, and not just for the greedy.

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    krista United States 10-08-12
    krista United States 10-08-12
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    "Great book awful narration"

    Great story, but much better read off a page then to listen to Casey Affleck. I could barely stand to listen to his whiney teenager sounding voice. Glad I got this on sale because it is still not worth what I paid. If another version is released it should be given for free to all who bought this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Breedlove-Berry APO, Germany 02-17-11
    R. Breedlove-Berry APO, Germany 02-17-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent!"

    Somehow I have never read this book. I was amazed! Casey Affleck did a terrific job reading it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Flaharty 05-01-16
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    "A Book Everyone Should Listen Too!"

    Excellent! I really enjoyed listening to this book. Casey did an excellent performance. I am going to recommend this audio book to my friends and family.

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    Kimberly Plourde Vermont 04-12-16
    Kimberly Plourde Vermont 04-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Scary Stuff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. This is an excellent book, both about the meat industry and government. It's frightening how little has actually changed


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanity of the story


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    Jessica 04-11-16
    Jessica 04-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Casey is excellent"

    A fantastic performance of what is of course a classic story. Very engaging and heart wrenching.

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    John Race So. Cal 03-26-16
    John Race So. Cal 03-26-16

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    "Great story that turned to Socialist Crap"

    Riveting for 90% and highly entertaining, but then the authors true motives come out - the solution to all life's irks is socialism. Hated what it became, why not tell what happened next? Propaganda crap!

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    KS 03-25-16
    KS 03-25-16
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    "Great book but beware celebrity narrator"

    What a wonderful book. Rich language, endearing protagonist. Who knew that meat packing and deplorable working conditions could be so captivating? The book flies by and is very enjoyable despite being incredibly depressing. It is also a great reminder of the failures of laissez faire capitalism in the face of consolidated market power. Regulation is not always the enemy!

    That said, this narration is truly awful. Casey Affleck doing national accents is a joke, very distracting, and frankly an insult to audio books (and most ethnicities represented in the book). I don't mind his sheepish, mumble delivery - indeed, a quite like it - but these accents (when he chooses to use them) are a travesty. Also it sounds like he is sounding out words in places - not even a look over before recording. Thankfully, as the third party narrator, he dies not attempt accents. But much of the dialogue is difficult to endure.

    There is another narration available on audible - please do not buy this one!

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    Patricia Waters 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    I had to read this book for class but it is such an incredible story that has really made me think and made me emotional thinking about the hardships of Jurgis and his family. it's amazing to see how far America has come in 104 years. definitely a must read!!!!!!

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    Karen L. 02-20-16
    Karen L. 02-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "More than a story about meatpacking."

    Nobody had ever told me that this is a story about a family of Lithuanian immigrants who settled in the Midwest. That theme rather completes the thread of our history depicted by Willa Cather. The novel is not so many scenes in a meat factory as represented. As for Affleck's narration, I got used to it, he gets better, and it may not be totally inappropriate.

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