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 recall struggling through reading The Jungle in high school. I enjoyed the story but found the thickness of the names and language difficult as a teenager. Casey Affleck's narration of this story is truly spectacular. He brings life to the flow of the text as well as each character. Fantastic. Made me love this story in a way I wasn't able to years ago but wanted to.
I recently joined Audible to listen on my commute. I am sorely lacking in the "classic" literature that I've read so I decided to start mainly with the classics. I already bought the Kindle edition of this book, so got the audio version for a deep discount.
I was amazed at the talent that Upton Sinclair possessed. His writing paints a picture in my mind like no other author is able. I could see the killing floor of the plant. I could clearly see the house. I was amazed with the telling of this story. It's an incredible piece of literature and I can see why it's a classic. At least until the last chapter or so. At that point it turns into a lecture about the merits of socialism and the failings of capitalism. As long as you can overlook this, it's a wonderful book.
However, Casey Affleck is horrible in this book. There is very little change to the inflection in his voice and it is difficult to tell the difference between various characters. Throughout the book, it sounds like he's on the verge of tears. If not for the fantastic story her was reading, I'd have never finished listening to this book.
I do feel it's well worth the time and money to listen to this story.
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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
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.
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.
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!
"Finally got around to it"
His reading is exceptional. He sounds weary, which lends itself nicely to a story of immigrants being slowly worn down.
Everything. The story is BRUTAL. As a listener, you are the steer and you're waiting for the hammer of misery to fall.
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"An Engrossing Story with Superb Narration"
Upton Sinclair intended to introduce his readers to socialism. The amoral and unsympathetic characters don't really help his cause, but plenty of people have taken up vegetarianism after reading the gruesome abattoir scenes.
More importantly, this dark and depressing story is utterly gripping. Casey Affleck narrates it brilliantly, bringing exactly the hopeless, depressing tone that much of this novel needs.
The plot surrounds Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant in Chicago. He takes a job in a slaughterhouse and experiences brutal working conditions, unemployment, jail time and homelessness. It isn't jolly, but it is utterly engrossing.
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