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The Jungle | [Upton Sinclair]

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.

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    Donald T. Wardlow Myrtle Beach area, sc usa 02-18-09
    Donald T. Wardlow Myrtle Beach area, sc usa 02-18-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "brilliant rendering of an old classic"

    I was prompted to revisit this old gem because of the recent peanut butter scare. At least, to-day, the perpetrators of that crisis will be dealt with. It wasn't always so, as this book clearly states. This book is a difficult assignment, but the narrator clearly worked long and hard to pronounce the Lithuanian words and proper names. This is a man who brings a book to life--many narrators can't, or won't. This book is not intended for the young, or the faint of heart, as the descriptions of brutality, and the descriptions of conditions under which food was once prepared, are nearly as graphic as Edward R. Murrow's rendering of Buchenwald.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Yuet Woonsocket, RI, United States 11-09-10
    Yuet Woonsocket, RI, United States 11-09-10
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    ""Sad but wonderful""

    I know this is a fiction but sometimes while I was listening to this audio book I can't help but to think that this is the life of an immigrant back in the 1900's. Very compelling story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hayden McHenry County, IL 10-08-12
    J. Hayden McHenry County, IL 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic, well read."
    If you could sum up The Jungle in three words, what would they be?

    Chicago Poverty Politics


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

    Maybe. The story is well written, but tugs too hard on the empathy of the reader, leaving one feeling dazed and a little used at the end.


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

    The voices! He gives each character a unique and individual voice, and he does the myriad accents in the story so well. I bought this audiobook specifically because he was the one narrating it.


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

    I was grossed out at the descriptions of the meat packing plants, and felt pity for the poor immigrant workers in the story. Then I was whacked upside the head with SOCIALISM!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have to read this story for school, get this audiobook instead. Paul Boehmer's reading makes it much more dramatic and interesting. If I had to read it on my own, I never would have finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike M. Javanmard CA 07-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The ending was too preachy"
    If you could sum up The Jungle in three words, what would they be?

    Opposite of Atlas Shrugged


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jungle?

    The misery faced by the main character.


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

    The death of his wife in childbirth


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a disappointment. It was more of a sermon or a lecture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki walla, WA, USA 05-20-10
    Vicki walla, WA, USA 05-20-10
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    "great book"

    really great book for anyone who is interested in history or anyone who eats meat. if you think the meat industry has changed much... think again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erez Israel 11-04-09
    Erez Israel 11-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite good, but not exactly a novel"

    Everything the summary says is true: The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. And a very effective one at that. However, one thing that bothered me personally is that the characters and events in the book are basically nothing more than instruments, used by Sinclair to illustrate his points. Working conditions in the meat packing factory were horrifying? Let's have a character go through all the possible positions in the industry to illustrate this. The political system was corrupt? Our character can also witness that first hand. New immigrants fell prey to real estate scams? By all means, let's have that too. And so on. With the exception of the (excellent) first chapter and a handful of moving scenes later in the book, I felt there was no real existence to the characters, other than as illustrations. So, as a piece of social commentary, I would rate this a five-star book, but as a novel much less. It basically depends on what you're looking for: if you're looking for Dickens, this is not the book for you. But for what it is, it's a very good book, superbly read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 10-13-10
    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2010

    My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.

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    "Better than I remember."

    I am a history teacher. The listen is as good as when I read the book 40 years ago. Fantastic, every worker in th US should listen to this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Sierra Vista, AZ 03-16-14
    Tanya Sierra Vista, AZ 03-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Experiencing cultures, past and present, through historical fiction.

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    "Got it...but didn't really get it."
    Would you try another book from Upton Sinclair and/or Paul Boehmer?

    I would try another book from Upton Sinclair or Paul Boehmer.


    What could Upton Sinclair have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I went on the journey with this character, through almost unbearable desperation, depression and tragedy...why?? I took the journey, felt the misery so I could be transformed by it. This particular story REQUIRES an enormously uplifting and motivating moral.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    sandra east brunswick, NJ, United States 03-16-11
    sandra east brunswick, NJ, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Jungle"

    Magnificently written!!! So much detailed!!! So real!!!! I had a great time listening to this book. I could not stop it!!! It was very catching!!! Congratulation for the author!!! The narrator was fantastic too!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly richmond hill, NY, USA 03-12-10
    Kimberly richmond hill, NY, USA 03-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good"

    Very well written - Interesting - Intriguing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "One of the most memorable books ever"

    I have always been an avid reader, and with time it gets harder and harder to find books, which would get anywhere near your favourites. 'The Jungle' was a REAL find, and immediately made it into my 'top 25'. It is one of the most deeply touching, powerful and memorable books I've ever read, and could not recommend it more highly.

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