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  1. 16.0 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged

    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 exposE 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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    The Jungle

    Read by George Guidall
    16.0 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.2 hrs • Aug/05/2014 • Unabridged

    Well known for The Jungle, his scathing exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair here takes on yet another massive industry: coal mining.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.

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    King Coal

    Read by Grover Gardner
    12.2 hrs • Aug/05/2014 • Unabridged
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  3. 17.4 hrs • Apr/29/2014 • Unabridged

    The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s 1906 international bestseller, depicts in vivid detail the shocking labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in meat-packing factories of the era. This potent novel, a fictionalized account of Chicago’s Packingtown slum and the immigrant families who live and work there, was a catalyst for reform within the industry, and still retains its grisly impact.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.

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    The Jungle

    Read by Michael Lackey
    17.4 hrs • Apr/29/2014 • Unabridged
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  4. 13.3 hrs • May/06/2011 • Unabridged

    Here is the dramatic exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the century that prompted the investigation by Theodore Roosevelt which culminated in the pure-food legislation of 1906. 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.

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    The Jungle

    Read by Grover Gardner
    13.3 hrs • May/06/2011 • Unabridged
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  5. 19.8 hrs • Apr/27/2009 • Unabridged

    This book is the inspiration for the Academy Award-nominated film, There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. 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. At the center of the novel are an oil developer and his son. As the story moves forward, the divide between father and son grows until the young man is fighting the very industry that brought his father great success. Sinclair’s glorious 1927 epic endures as one of our most powerful American novels of social injustice.

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    Oil!

    Read by Grover Gardner
    19.8 hrs • Apr/27/2009 • Unabridged
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  6. 15.9 hrs • Jan/12/2009 • Unabridged

    An ardent activist, champion of political reform, novelist, and progressive journalist, Upton Sinclair is perhaps best known today for The Jungle—his devastating exposé of the meat-packing industry. A protest novel he privately published in 1906, the book was a shocking revelation of intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a bestseller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act. The brutally grim story of a Slavic family who emigrates to America, The Jungle tells of their rapid and inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and social and economic despair. Vulnerable and isolated, the family of Jurgis Rudkus struggles—unsuccessfully—to survive in an urban jungle.A powerful view of turn-of-the-century poverty, graft, and corruption, this fiercely realistic American classic is still required reading in many history and literature classes. It will continue to haunt readers long after they’ve finished the last page.

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    The Jungle

    Read by J. Paul Boehmer
    15.9 hrs • Jan/12/2009 • Unabridged
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