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    • The Jungle

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 921
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 828
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 830

    The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic immigrant who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards. Once there, he is abused by foremen, his meager savings are filched by real estate sharks, and at every turn he is plagued by the misfortunes arising from poverty, poor working conditions, and disease. Finally, in accordance with Sinclair’s own creed, Rudkus turns to socialism as a way out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Real. Revolutionary. Powerful.

    • By Holly on 09-17-15

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Casey Affleck
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 532
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 440

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of great social protest novels of 20th Century

    • By Darwin8u on 10-22-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Oil!

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 551
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 375

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an outstanding book

    • By Gregory on 05-18-08

    Regular price: $28.54

    • The Jungle

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 395
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398

    Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you’ve never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposé into a tender and moving novel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • THIS is an American Tragedy

    • By Calliope on 02-11-14

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Jungle

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Michael Lackey
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Jurgis Rudkus, an impoverished Lithuanian immigrant, takes a lowly job at Brown's slaughterhouse to support his young wife and their relatives. Once admiring America for its potential, Rudkus has found opportunities to be too far out of his reach. After being evicted, Rudkus is living in a slum and deeply in debt - unable to support his family. As he attempts to make ends meet, the oppressive working conditions and crippling poverty begin to take a toll on Rudkus and his family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the squeamish

    • By GSS on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $23.09

    • The Jungle

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The Jungle tells the brutal reality of industrial Chicago in the early 1900s through the eyes of an immigrant. Fresh from Lithuania, Jurgis; his wife, Ona; and their family are forced to scrape for survival after moving to Chicago in hopes of chasing the American Dream. From the very beginning, they fall upon hard times when the house they purchase is found to be in shabby condition and has hidden fees that the family can't afford. With the financial burden that the family is faced with, even the youngest family members are forced to find jobs in plants and factories to contribute what they can.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stay away from canned meat

    • By MNash on 07-25-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Jungle (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus has invested every last hope in achieving a prosperous new start in a new country. But the only job open to him - in the appalling stockyards of Packingtown, Chicago - will become a brutal, dispiriting, and dangerous challenge to his pride, his family, his life, and his faith in the American Dream. A scathing condemnation of capitalism, corporate corruption, and the exploitation of the working class, The Jungle was a sensation when first published. It stands as one the greatest and most influential proletarian novels ever written.

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Jungle

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 180

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant rendering of an old classic

    • By Donald T. Wardlow on 02-18-09

    Regular price: $20.29

    • King Coal

    • A Novel
    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Based on the 1914 and 1915 Colorado coal strikes, King Coal describes the abhorrent conditions faced by workers in the western United States' coal mining industry during the 1910s. The story follows Hal Warner, a rich man looking to get a better view of the lives of commoners. It is a tale of struggle, threats, and violence, of hardened men and the advocacy for workers' rights. In this business, the road to unionization is a rocky one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Nicholas Turner on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Jungle

    • By: Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated by: Raimundas Jonas
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    This 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair emphasizes the predicament of the working class and illustrates the corruption of the American meatpacking industry in the early-20th century. The story sets off with a dramatic portrayal of a Lithuanian wedding feast, which introduces the listener to all of the major and secondary characters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Last Chapter Repeated

    • By Lindsey on 04-18-15

    Regular price: $18.86