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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlie LeDuff Narrator: Eric Martin Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2013 ISBN: 9781622312054
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With the steel-eyed reportage that is his trademark, and the righteous indignation only a native son possesses, LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city. He reveals that Detroit is America's city: it led the way up, and now it is leading the way Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Charlie LeDuff is...a brilliant writer. Detroit is full of righteous anger and heartbreaking details. It’s also funny as hell. Hunter S. Thompson would’ve loved every page of this book.”

    Eric Schlosser, New York Times bestselling author

  • “LeDuff has done his best, and his book is better than good.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One cannot read Mr. LeDuff’s amalgam of memoir and reportage and not be shaken by the cold eye he casts on hard truths…A little gonzo, a little gumshoe, some gawker, some good-Samaritan—it is hard to ignore reporting like Mr. LeDuff’s.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Charlie LeDuff is a remarkable journalist, and this book is filled with incredible writing as he witnesses his home city crumble through neglect and corruption.”

    Huffington Post

  • “What to do when you’re a reporter and your native city is rotting away? If you’re LeDuff, you leave the New York Times and head into the wreckage to ride with firemen, hang with the corrupt pols, and retrace your own family’s sad steps through drugs. Others have written well about the city, but none with the visceral anger, the hair-tearing frustration, and the hungry humanity of LeDuff.”


  • “Powerful and immensely enjoyable…With the same critical eye he uses on others, LeDuff entwines his personal life into the narrative, effectively breaking down any ‘us vs. them’ posturing. Eric Martin’s narration is exactly right, reflecting all of LeDuff’s sincerity, outrage, and despair…This masterly snapshot of a city in ruins translates superbly to the spoken word.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Pultizer Prize-winning journalist LeDuff delivers an edgy portrait of the decline, destruction, and possible redemption of his hometown…LeDuff writes with honesty and compassion about a city that’s destroying itself—and breaking his heart.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A book full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness…Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “You wouldn’t think a book about the stinking decay of the American dream could be this engaging, this irreverent, this laugh-at-loud funny. But not everyone can write like Charlie LeDuff. I’m tempted to say he’s the writer for our desperate times the way Steinbeck and Orwell were for other people’s desperate times, except he’s such an original he’s like no one but himself.”

    Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness and Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

  • “Eric Martin hits all the right notes in his narration of journalist Charlie LeDuff’s chronicle of the problems that plague his hometown, the once flourishing and now foundering Detroit. The author’s edgy tone is tough and uncompromising, befitting the harsh realities facing those who remain in the troubled city. Martin’s narration mirrors LeDuff’s writing as he voices the poverty, corruption, and crime of the city as well as the brash and irreverent personality of the author himself. Both author and narrator are by turns incredulous, despairing, and hopeful, though, as LeDuff concedes, hope can be hard to come by nowadays in Detroit. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, May 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for Current Interest
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2013 Library Journal Best Audiobook for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Craig | 12/22/2017

    " This is a great book on the downfall of Detroit, from the perspective of a reporter caught in a living hell. Mr. Charlie tells the tale of the fires, and the firefighters that had to fight there equipment as much as fighting the fires. The story also tells the stories of corruption in the mayors office. I am a former GM dealership employee and the problems in Detroit had a ripple effect all across our country. As part of the bankruptcy agreement, 2600 GM dealerships lost there franchises, I worked a dealer that lost there’s, this story hit home. "

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About the Author

Charlie LeDuff was a staff writer at the New York Times and a reporter at the Detroit News before he became a journalist for Detroit’s FOX2 News. He contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series and has received a Meyer Berger Award for distinguished writing about New York City. He is the author of US Guys and Work and Other Sins.

About the Narrator

Eric Martin is an Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has narrated more than a dozen audio books in both fiction and nonfiction. He is also the host and producer of the award-winning This American Wife, a popular podcast and now web series that features original comedy and stories, as well as interviews with authors such as Robert Greene and Amy Tan.