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Detroit Audiobook

Detroit: An American Autopsy

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.
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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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 Member Since 2015
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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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    JefeHenk Orlando, FL 09-03-15
    JefeHenk Orlando, FL 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Seemingly unfocused at times but interesting"

    Started out better than it ended. I enjoyed the historical parts and wished some aspects would have been in more depth instead of delving into side stories. Overall a depressing story of not only Detroit but America. We have wandered away from the truth and living for others.

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    Roan Chapin 08-29-15
    Roan Chapin 08-29-15
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    "The Mark Twain of Motown"

    A memoir of bitter loss. The honesty of the author in his vignettes of the modern-day ruin that is Detroit makes me feel like i am at the campfire with him, but be advised, the flames are coming from the once prosperous city that was his home.

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    Plutologist 07-18-15
    Plutologist 07-18-15
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    "Raw and painful"

    Open, clear, detailed, and even more painful than I expected. This is a story everyone should hear, and LeDuff tells it brilliantly. I often disagreed with his thoughts on why or how, but his ability to convey what and where is impressive. By the end, you start to see that all of the threads were intertwined, and because he makes you care about each piece, all of the people involved, the final complex weave is both poignant and overwhelming. Also, Eric Martin brings the narration to life. I'll be looking for other work he's read as well.

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    KAB1939 West Plains, MO United States 05-05-15
    KAB1939 West Plains, MO United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sounds like an old Mickey Spillane novel"
    Would you try another book from Charlie LeDuff and/or Eric Martin?

    No


    What could Charlie LeDuff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much fluff and attempted drama


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Detroit?

    The whole thing.
    The subject deserves a much better book and reading


    Any additional comments?

    I have many books, this one is ranked at the bottom of the list.

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    MLWebb 04-10-15
    MLWebb 04-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "History with a story"

    Very well written! Allows the audience to understand Detroit thru the lives of its citizens. Not strictly a historical account so it is engrossing and easy to listen to.

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