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Detroit Audiobook
Detroit
Written by: 
Charlie LeDuff
Narrated by: 
Eric Martin
Detroit Audiobook

Detroit: An American Autopsy

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Publisher's Summary

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts.

With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city. In doing so, he uncovers the deeply human drama of a city filled with some of the strongest and strangest people our country has to offer.

©2013 Charlie LeDuff (P)2013 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness...Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski." (Kirkus)

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    brwnidgrl470 07-03-16
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    "Autopsy Indeed!"
    If you could sum up Detroit in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, Sad, Insightful


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Some say it is only about his family but they are just a part of the bigger picture, please give this book a try you will be surprised. I found myself looking at other media to find the people he was talking about, to see the whole story, what a crazy town.

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    Anthony Brice Navarre, Florida 03-19-16
    Anthony Brice Navarre, Florida 03-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "An American Classic "

    The history of Detroit is well served as a microcosm of Americas History. America wake up...

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    jstep 02-29-16
    jstep 02-29-16
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    "Yup, this pretty much sums up much of the D."
    Would you listen to Detroit again? Why?

    Would I listen to it again? Probably not. It was definitely a worthy book to listen to, don't get me wrong. I just lived though much of the Coleman Young, Kwame, Emergency Manager time and had heard much of what happened on the local news. Charlie's book though, brought a new perspective to what happened and although I enjoyed it a lot, I doubt that I'd listen to it again...but I don't listen or read many books more than once.


    What other book might you compare Detroit to and why?

    No idea, but if you know of any like Detroit that cover different times in the city's history that are a good read/listen, I'd definitely be open to listening to those as well!


    Have you listened to any of Eric Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I thought he did a good job narrating. The various voices that he used for the different characters led to easily being able to picture them. Knowing who many of the players in Detroit were, I thought they were spot on. I'd listen to more of hos work without hesitation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no (mostly yes). Yes because it was interesting getting more of an insiders view of many of the more recent going ons in Detroit. It was also nice learning about the history of Detroit. Charlie's own family story was interwoven into the book as well and offered another side to the book. No because-WOW! It's so damn depressing how messed up everything has gotten to be in Detroit. Being from the D though, overall, I really enjoyed listening and could have easily and happily listened to it in one day.


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    Blythe California 02-27-16
    Blythe California 02-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Less about Detroit; more about the author"
    Any additional comments?

    This is less an autopsy of Detroit and more an autobiography of the author, Charlie LeDuff. It's an interesting and usually saddening series of vignettes about Detroit and the extreme poverty and corruption that are destroying it, strung together by stories about LeDuff and his family and written in an almost Raymond Chandler style, painting LeDuff as some long-suffering, hard edged guy hero with a heart of gold singlehandedly trying to fight for the city and its inhabitants.

    The whole book is really about LeDuff, but Detroit gives him an interesting backdrop to look good against. That said, he still tells an interesting story and paints a vivid picture of a suffering city. Don't expect to really learn much about Detroit from the book though, just little glimpses and fragments framed as unconnected personal interest pieces.

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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-13-16
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Tough Slugging"

    The good news is that the narrator was reasonably good.

    The not so good; I really wanted to learn about a part of the USA that I have not yet been to, but I got through this book by sheer stubborn determination. It was depressing. The most frustrating part of the experience was that the author paints a picture of a city that's been crushed and is completely devoid of reasons for hope. Then at the end, he wraps up with all the flowery reasons for hope. Seriously, did he forget everything he just wrote?

    What I took away from the book is that I want to avoid visiting or investing in Detroit at all costs.

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    Veronica Walrad 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "dramatic narration but good portrayal of Detroit"

    melodramatic, fake deep, and frequently sexist

    almost vignettes about the city rather than any cohesive analysis or broader narrative- he's into showing you how gritty everything (including himself) is, and the detective noir voice gets annoying. His writing is sometimes trite to the point of near satire, but that's what you get from journalists. (like a dark Mitch albom). His personal revelations and life are a big "so what?".

    he's right about the systemic corruption and the city though. I appreciate his resentment towards the white, suburban, arts and culture urban farming types, who get real old on the morning radio here.

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    Debra E. 01-01-16
    Debra E. 01-01-16
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    "Great Listen!"
    If you could sum up Detroit in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to believe


    What does Eric Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings the people of Detroit to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to believe this is being allowed to go on in the U. S. Charlie LeDuff tells the story of this sad city and it's people in a way that makes it hard to stop listening.

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    Sarah 12-13-15
    Sarah 12-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story telling"

    I grew up in Dearborn. Living in a city that boarders Detroit, but never going into Detroit unless there was good reason, I never knew the city. I left after high school graduation and never really looked back. This is a great book. I wasn't sure what it would be. Yes, it is about Detroit, but it is about the poor and unnoticed and unacknowledged everywhere. It is about corruption and how it hurts everyone. And it is told in an enthralling voice. This is the the dirty real life of the big city.

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    Joyce Jackson 11-02-15
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    "Gritty and Detailed account of the rise and fall of Detroit"

    The book tells a tale of economic strike and ultimate decay of a city. Detroit, once a bustling manufacturing town producing such products as cars, refrigerators, stoves and household goods, now a shell. The corruption from major political figures put Detroit in an economic nosedive that even the 2010 bailout by President Obama couldn't save the city. Detroit remains a crumbling empty dessert of vacant lots, shuttered factories and abandoned homes.

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    Joan St Clair Shores, MI, United States 09-23-15
    Joan St Clair Shores, MI, United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excessive Profanity"

    Removing from library. I love most of my Audible books, I just couldn't handle so much profanity.

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