The Jungle Android Audio Book App!
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1878 - 1968)
It is the end of the 19th century. Like thousands of others, the Rudkus family has emigrated from Lithuania to America in search of a better life. As they settle into the Packingtown neighborhood of Chicago, they find their dreams are unlikely to be realized. In fact, just the opposite is quite likely to occur. Jurgis, the main character of the novel, has brought his father Antanas, his fiance Ona, her stepmother Teta Elzbieta, Teta Elzbietas brother Jonas and her six children, and Onas cousin Marija Berczynskas along. The family, naive to the ways of Chicago, quickly falls prey to con men and makes a series of bad decisions that lead them into wretched poverty and terrible living conditions. All are forced to find jobs in dismal working conditions for their very survival. Jurgis, broken and discouraged, eventually finds solace in the American Socialist movement. This novel was written during a period in American history when Trusts were formed by multiple corporations to establish monopolies that stifled competition and fixed prices. Unthinkable working conditions and unfair business practices were the norm. The Jungles author, Upton Sinclair, was an ardent Socialist of the time. Sinclair was commissioned by the Appeal To Reason, a Socialist journal of the period, to write a fictional expose on the working conditions of the immigrant laborers in the meat packing industry in Chicago. Going undercover, Sinclair spent seven weeks inside the meatpacking plants gathering details for his novel. The Reader wishes to gratefully acknowledge the assistance, and patience, of Professor Giedrius Subacius (University of Illinois) and the folks at Lituanus for their invaluable support as I struggled with Lithuanian pronunciations. Truly, this audio book would have been far more difficult, and far less authentic, without their help. And now, feel free to wander into The Jungle (Summary by Tom Weiss)
Total running time: 16:02:48 Read by Tom Weiss
The Android App "The Jungle Audio Book" is a full featured media player with:
Selectable Table of Contents to allow to jump to the start of any of the chapters.
Adjustable Progress Bar to allow to jump to any spot in the current playing chapter
Previous Chapter Button
Play / Pause Button
Fast Forward Button
Next Chapter Button
The "The Jungle Audio Book" App will not use up your data plans minutes by downloading the audio files (mp3) over and over. You will download load all the data when you install the App. The "The Jungle Audio Book" App works even in airplane mode and in places without Wi-Fi or phone network access! So you can listen to your audio book anywhere anytime! The "The Jungle Audio Book" App automatically pauses when you make or receive a phone call and automatically resumes after the call ends. The "The Jungle Audio Book" App will continue to play until you exit the App or pause the reading so it is perfect for listening in bed, at the gym, or while driving into work.