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The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck | [Upton Sinclair]

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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    Timbo Boston, MA 07-02-14
    Timbo Boston, MA 07-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Narrating was Quite Good."
    What did you love best about The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck?

    I felt an incredible amount of empathy for this man, Jurgis. I had never read Upton Sinclair before this, and frankly all i knew about this book was that it spurred the creation of the FDA and that Sinclair was a Socialist.


    What does Casey Affleck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For being a 100 years old it read to me like it was written in a very modern fashion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Honestly, i felt a flood of empathy. Kinda weird experience. lol, but cool.


    Any additional comments?

    Come to find out Sinclair wrote OIL! which the movie 'There Will Be Blood' was based on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JackTuxedoKat Charlotte USA 12-13-13
    JackTuxedoKat Charlotte USA 12-13-13
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    "Sad Story, Good narration"
    If you could sum up The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck in three words, what would they be?

    Casey does a great "third grade teacher" impression with his character voices and reads the foreign words and names pretty well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I felt for Jurgis the most since he was the protagonist. He was such a genuine character all the way through. It is sad to such such a good man turn sour after life continued to hand him rotten lemons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sadly, The Jungle doesn't have "favorite" scenes as all good things quickly turned into horrible situations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jurgis was given a $100 bill and in his joy realized that there was danger in using it. It was heartbreaking to see what happened. Poor Jurgis. Can't catch a break.


    Any additional comments?

    Just over and over again Jurgis was screwed over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kierra FORT WORTH, TEXAS, United States 10-09-13
    Kierra FORT WORTH, TEXAS, United States 10-09-13
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    "Perfect. What I was looking for."
    What did you love best about The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck?

    I could easily follow along with the story and not get lost.


    What other book might you compare The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck to and why?

    I don't Know.


    Which character – as performed by Casey Affleck – was your favorite?

    All of them. He was very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to his performance and reading the book. He made everything come together for me.

    1 of 1 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

    LoveBug'sMom

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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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    edna 05-22-15
    edna 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    Such an important work! The narration is beautiful. The picture painted of the poor Chicago families is as beautiful as it appalling but in a balance thats amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina_t 04-03-15
    Tina_t 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting to hear"

    I liked this until the socialist propaganda begin. I probably would have enjoyed it more with a different narrator. To bad I never got the chance to read it in school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Intense"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow, this is a very intense book and a bit rough to get through at points, due to content that one does not like to think about. It seems to me that this is the opposite side of the coin to Rand's work and goes too far in the opposite direction, however one can see why unions where so important in the early 1900s in the U.S. and learn much about how some companies operate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David from Lancaster 04-26-14
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    "Great Book, so-so narration."
    What did you love best about The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck?

    It brought back many fond memories, as it was required reading in high school. Sorry I didn't put more effort into the actual story back then.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into the meat packing industry was interesting, as were the struggles of the workers and the corruption angles.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really. The narrator was somewhat monotone at times, and seemed to struggle with pronunciation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing really stands out. The book was really good though and I would definitely recommend it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Casuto San Diego, CA 04-17-14
    Loren Casuto San Diego, CA 04-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I am made by my choices and that which I read, or listen to in the car on my long commute

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    "Story: Expected, Performance: Horrid"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not having Casey Afflect read this!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Upton Sinclair? Why or why not?

    Too heavy handed with propaganda but a classic to read regardless


    What didn’t you like about Casey Affleck’s performance?

    So monotone it hurt!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry but did anyone bother to test out or listen to Casey Afflect read a damn book? He's monotone through the entire book; from the happy wedding to start the book to the final battle cry at the end there's literally no waiver in his voice. I've heard more emotion from military history readers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Corona, CA, United States 03-27-14
    Jennifer Corona, CA, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A brutal portrayal of the working class"
    Where does The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is an eye-opening look at what many working class individuals suffered in the early 1900s America. It is not on my list of favorites due to the graphic nature of the story. Although it is not a light-hearted story, I find it valuable from a historical fiction perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective of how difficult the life was for so many at that time.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Casey Affleck?

    Absolutely not. I almost stopped listening several times in the beginning of the book because I found his voice annoying and his reading flat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I had to stop at certain points because it was so graphic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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