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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Upton Sinclair Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tremendous piece of work.”

    Nation

  • “He does his little bit of muckraking…but the glorious story of the oil man and his son rushes on. It is a marvelous panorama of Southern California life. It is storytelling with an edge on it.”

    New Republic

  • “Sinclair’s 1927 novel did for California’s oil industry what The Jungle did for Chicago’s meat-packing factories.”

    Library Journal

  • “Grover Gardner plays it straight in a solid and believable performance that will engage listeners with its simplicity and earnestness…Gardner never fails to deliver with passion and vigor.”

    AudioFile

  • “Grover Gardner does a superb job narrating, always conveying the humanity of the main characters while capturing the humor of the many caricatured stereotypes.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pascal | 5/20/2011

    " Sinclair describes Chicago in March so well I felt cold and shiverred when I read the pages, looking for a warm place to hide. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Zach | 5/10/2011

    " Plot summary: Meat-packing and capitalism suck, and everything goes wrong. I only got halfway through before giving up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 5/4/2011

    " Read it back in junior year of high school. Remember it was pretty eye-opening to the plight of immigrant workers in industrial cities. Opens with a scene of a Polish wedding, I believe.

    Enjoyed it but don't remember too many specifics of it.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 4/28/2011

    " Without question, the most depressing book I've ever read. I enjoyed most of it, but the last 20-30 pages strayed so far from the narrative that it sort of ruined it for me. "

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