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.
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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Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"
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.
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.
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.
Yes, I would. This is an excellent book, both about the meat industry and government. It's frightening how little has actually changed
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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!
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!
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!!!!!!
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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