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Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2017

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Evicted by Matthew Desmond, read by Dion Graham.

Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the 21st century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head.

From abandoned slums to shelters, eviction courts to ghettoes, Matthew Desmond spent years living with and recording the stories of those struggling to survive - yet who won't give up.

A work of love, care and humanity, Evicted reminds us why, without a home, nothing else is possible. It is one of the most necessary books of our time.

©2016 Matthew Desmond (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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Close to home.

Altho based In America these stories are as true for us brits as they r for the Americans alike and this book really touches home as to how easy things can go wrong for any one. And how hard with out support at the right time it can be to stand on ur own two feet again. Loved this book from cover to cover. X

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Great audio book

very easy to follow. An eye opener to what really goes on while trying to find accommodation.

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a great both sides of the story

well researched, one minute you feel sorry for the tenant then they do something stupid and put themselves in an even worst position. As a non American I am baffled that the police want landlords to evict tenants that phone 911 to report someone being threatened as they consider it a nuisance call , hence people getting stabbed or putting up with drug dealers rather than get evicted, very sad. landlords who don't fix broken water/heater etc also terrible.
Everybody deserves a helping hand if they are down and a $1000 deposit would have made a huge difference to the people in this book (especially when banks were bailed out with billions) but how many time do you help the same people? so of these people just don't seem to have the life skills to cope, but then they help out another homeless person .
this book makes me realize how bless my life is .

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An economics book that makes you cry.

This is a really important book. I am not the kind of person to write reviews or tell you what to read, but I have learned far more from this book than most. Believe the hype.

Performance was also outstanding. Well done Dion. Easily one of the best narrated books I have found on Audible.

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Great study of the impact of lack of affordable housing and the complex problems of people from poorer backgrounds in America. I struggled a bit to follow the different stories - again, I might have found it easier to read in print than on audio - but the epilogue pulls everything together into a compelling argument.

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Enthralling

Absorbing stories of real people's struggles. A fascinating insight into a different world. Non judgemental and warm writing and narration.

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Grim, detailed outlook on the American poor

Absolute kudos to Matthew Desmond for his detailed look into the heart of America's troubled capitalist system. His research and first-hand accounts of people living in poverty in Milwaukee is desperate, heartbreaking and dire, at the same time he offers an alternative to attempt to remedy an age old discriminatory system.

Eight individuals and families in this book represent an ongoing endemic situation that has perpetuated over the last century. Desmond explains circumstances that many ie. institutions are familiar with but choose to not deal with. Definitely deserved of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Amazing study of inner city dynamics

The author follows several families, reports their stories, and points to facts that contribute to their decisions which prolong their poverty. This is an important book that provides points revelation to the debate about poverty and points to eviction's role in it. The Epilogue itself is worth the price of the book.