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The Jungle

By: Upton Sinclair
Narrated by: George Guidall
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Before there was Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, or Morgan Spurlock, there was Upton Sinclair. Sinclair's classic novel - an exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the at the turn of the twentieth century - achieves new life as an audiobook. Narrator George Guidall's passionate rendering of the text makes it possible to visualize the vicious and grotesque conditions inside the slaughterhouses, and the impoverished immigrants who worked there, in a way that reading the text alone might not convey.

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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.

Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, comes to America in search of a fortune for his family. He accepts the harsh realities of a working man's lot, laboring with naive vigor - until, his health and family sacrificed, he understands how the heavy wheels of the industrial machine can crush the strongest spirit.

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Incredible story followed by incredible political

Incredible story followed by incredible political commentary. End of 19th century Chicago depicted very well

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Profound, Amazing, Heartwrenching

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This book has changed the way I think of the open market and the regulatory process. It shows the abuse of humans in a way comparable to slavery, and the easy and heartless way it was done. I also believe that these practices and the treatment of people in the US are still effected by their dire start in life. For example in the way US workers in the IT industries are not paid overtime and are expected to be available out of hours. Also the cut throat climbing of ladders. I couldn't however finish it. The audible version makes you hear every word of the text, whereas were you reading, there would be the option to skip any overly emotional sections, or at least skim them. The reading made me overly upset as the author, as was his aim, caused me to like these poor innocents, who were looking for a better life and found themselves in a trap.After about half of the book, i read the Wiki page about what happens and stopped listening.Even though i didn't get through it, this book has had a profound effect on the way i see the world. I feel like an innocent who's had their eyes opened, and i'm not a young person!
Anyway, I'm now reading Bridget Jones Mad about the boy to get my spirits back up

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A red jungle, a heart of darkness in the city.

A book that will change you, and take you places you never knew existed, a book about the inhumanity of man towards man an animal. A Book that exposed the worst in capitalism and changed laws in the USA. A powerful indictment to greed and abuse for profit.
At the same time a demonstration that freedom of speech and expression can change things and will triumph over regimes that oppress the forces of change the fifth state.
Human nature is not what we would like it to be; so we need check and balances like this book or 1984 by Orwell; we need to expose our baser instincts confront them not as if they were the shortcomings of others but our own. This book is a must read, a warning from the past to the present and the future.


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Great narration

Exceptional performance by the George Guidall of a classic novel. Would recommend to anyone interested in the genre.

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