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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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    Jennifer 01-10-17
    Jennifer 01-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    Before Audible I didn't know who Charlie LeDuff was. I also didn't know just how broken Detroit really was. Completely shattered. This book is a piece of brilliance! The revelation of this decaying city, which was once great as Charlie LeDuff details, is a beautiful heartbreaker.

    I reside in North East, MD and know nothing personally of the cold, hard, life in Detroit. After listening to this brilliant artwork I feel I have some small piece of understanding of what it means to survive the wilds of Detroit.

    Charlie LeDuff and Eric Martin were brilliant.

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    Honest Rob 01-03-17
    Honest Rob 01-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?

    I thought Martin did a remarkable job save for only a couple of pronunciation mistakes (Mackinac is pronounced Mack-in-aw).


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

    Sorrow


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't put this down. I live in Lansing, about 90 miles Northwest of Detroit. I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad. Going to Tigers games or Lions games in Foxtown doesn't give you the true view of the city. I think Charlie did a great job of covering some of the worst neighborhoods, including those not officially in the city, but just as bad (Downriver).

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    Amazon Customer 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "100% Detroit!"

    Charlie has a very interesting story to tell in this book and it could have been anyone from the City..... EVERYONE from the Detroit area has a story like this and if you're from here, you will be able to relate. If you're not from here, you will still love it. The book gives a 100% accurate description of our City. God Bless The City Of Detroit.

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    Paul Hillery 11-16-16
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    "dragged through reality, gently"

    well performed, it showed a new light on something that I thought had happened, and wove vignettes into a carpet ride through the declining fall of a once great city. Bravo, Mr. LeDuff.

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    Mark L. Madison Heights, MI, United States 11-09-16
    Mark L. Madison Heights, MI, United States 11-09-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Left me wanting more"

    Living near Detroit, I watched this calamity unfold. Many of the details were unknown to me, and I enjoyed the story. HOWEVER... It seemed like the book came to an abrupt end and left me wanting more. I hope Charlie has a sequel in the works.

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    Michael Ramos 09-30-16
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    "A Must Read"

    A must read for all students seeking to one day become a Public Administrators. Truly worth it.

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    Satisfied 09-10-16
    Satisfied 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pessimism from beginning to end"

    Listening to this audiobook makes me wonder how anyone can live with such a dark perspective about everything. Detroit certainly has more than its share of tragedy and issues, but there is something positive to report, as well. LeDuff is a bottom-dweller who sees only the worst in humanity. This book is draining to listen to.

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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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