The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

  • by Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by Casey Affleck
  • 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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.


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What did you like most about The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck?

His reading is exceptional. He sounds weary, which lends itself nicely to a story of immigrants being slowly worn down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck?

Everything. The story is BRUTAL. As a listener, you are the steer and you're waiting for the hammer of misery to fall.

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

The whole book

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- Ian

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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- Calum I. MacLeod

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-01-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios