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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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.
For being a 100 years old it read to me like it was written in a very modern fashion.
Honestly, i felt a flood of empathy. Kinda weird experience. lol, but cool.
Come to find out Sinclair wrote OIL! which the movie 'There Will Be Blood' was based on.
Casey does a great "third grade teacher" impression with his character voices and reads the foreign words and names pretty well.
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.
Sadly, The Jungle doesn't have "favorite" scenes as all good things quickly turned into horrible situations.
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.
Just over and over again Jurgis was screwed over.
I could easily follow along with the story and not get lost.
I don't Know.
All of them. He was very good.
I really enjoyed listening to his performance and reading the book. He made everything come together for me.
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.
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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.
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.
The insight into the meat packing industry was interesting, as were the struggles of the workers and the corruption angles.
Not really. The narrator was somewhat monotone at times, and seemed to struggle with pronunciation.
Nothing really stands out. The book was really good though and I would definitely recommend it.
I am made by my choices and that which I read, or listen to in the car on my long commute
Not having Casey Afflect read this!
Too heavy handed with propaganda but a classic to read regardless
So monotone it hurt!
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!
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.
The perspective of how difficult the life was for so many at that time.
Absolutely not. I almost stopped listening several times in the beginning of the book because I found his voice annoying and his reading flat.
No. I had to stop at certain points because it was so graphic.
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