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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Suskind Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Ron Suskind based this book on his Pulitzer Prize–winning articles about Cedric Jennings, a black youth struggling to survive one of DC’s toughest school districts. A moving portrait of inner city life, A Hope in the Unseen offers a view of life through the eyes of someone trying desperately to make his way up from the bottom. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] extraordinary, formula-shattering book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A story of sheer human grit that should be read by others as example and inspiration.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Absolutely gripping. A sort of suspense novel of the human psyche…It’s beyond good, it’s really extraordinary.”

    NPR

  • “As readers celebrate one young man’s singular persistence, they’ll wonder how we can help more inner-city kids share Cedric's lifeline of hope.”

    Booklist

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy G | 2/11/2014

    " Very useful for discussing the transition to college and disparities in America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by William | 2/7/2014

    " Suskind seems to draw some pretty broad conclusions from individuals in this one. Still, he describes some very compelling characters, Cedric Jennings (his mother, a few other family members, and friends from school), who was one of the only students to attend an Ivy from Ballou in a decade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 2/5/2014

    " Suskind writes superb literary non-fiction: you see Cedric's experience through his eyes, and you also see through his mother's eyes, and a few of his classmates. Important book for anyone who cares about education, the equity gap, poverty in our urban areas--and just a strong story about the human spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shannon | 1/29/2014

    " This was a beautiful look into an urban African-American male's inner journey from high school to the Ivy League. There were parts that made me weep as I considered the plight of African Americans in the urban core. I was totally rooting for Cedric. This is a must read for anyone to gain understanding into this segment of our society. "

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