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The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck Audiobook

The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

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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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    krista United States 10-08-12
    krista United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book awful narration"

    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.

    3 of 4 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

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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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    April Baldock 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful Immigrant Story with a Droning Narrator"
    Would you listen to The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck again? Why?

    Probably wouldn't listen to this again simply because of the narration. However, I don't find this to be a story in which you'll wish to get lost over and over regardless. There was an initial shock factor during a first reading; hearing of the disgusting practices and horrid conditions wouldn't have the same impact upon further readings.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Immediately upon starting this book, I had to pause and check who the narrator was. Casey Affleck's voice is so uninterested and monotonous it sounded as though he were about to fall asleep...I understand he was chosen due to his ability to pronounce different languages well, but even at those points I found it distracting how he would hesitate and slow down. Unfortunately his reading was one of the most unpleasant parts of listening to this book.


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

    The first 2/3 of this book were much more enthralling for me and I could have easily sat through much of that in one sitting. The last bit, however, I found myself picking at in small bits until it was finally over.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a great book with many eye-opening pictures of immigrant life, the meat-packing industry, and workplace cruelty in general. A solid story that didn't linger too long in any one place and kept a wonderful pace. Would recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toni H 03-07-17
    Toni H 03-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Makes me appreciate all that I have"
    Any additional comments?

    This book makes me appreciate not living through those times. It's horrific all that they went through. They try and try and try and just end up more impoverished. This story is about an immigrant family moving to Chicago after the Industrial Revolution. Factories were where most found work. This is also the story of the infamous Chicago Meatpacking Industry. It's gross. The conditions are horrific. There were no laws to protect workers or assistance for the sick or injured. People died all the time. It was a grim existence. Families came to America to work for a better life and worked themselves to death literally in just a few short years or months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob H. Morgan Hill, CA 02-07-17
    Rob H. Morgan Hill, CA 02-07-17 Listener Since 1999

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    "Casey does a great job to bring excitement"

    This book can be a bit heavy, but Casey gave it a bit of character without emoting overly much. But it is still a sad taleof lies, cheats, predation and graft, sort of like the politics of America at this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi White Southern California 10-26-16
    Kristi White Southern California 10-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, but look for a different narrator"
    Would you listen to The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck again? Why?

    What a great American story. I think I read excerpts in a high school anthology textbook, but the novel is well worth a read/listen.


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

    Affleck is an earnest narrator, but he reads as an amateur. There are mispronounced words (adjourn pronounced ad-giorn rather than uh-jurn) and awkward pauses before prepositional phrases. It's on par with the sort of cold reading you might get from your uncle rather than a polished Audible-worthy performance. It's ok for a sale book but not worth a full credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Flaharty 05-01-16
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    "A Book Everyone Should Listen Too!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Plourde Vermont 04-12-16
    Kimberly Plourde Vermont 04-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Scary Stuff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. This is an excellent book, both about the meat industry and government. It's frightening how little has actually changed


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanity of the story


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    Jessica 04-11-16
    Jessica 04-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Casey is excellent"

    A fantastic performance of what is of course a classic story. Very engaging and heart wrenching.

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    John Race So. Cal 03-26-16
    John Race So. Cal 03-26-16

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    "Great story that turned to Socialist Crap"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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