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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Ehrenreich Narrator: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If the economy's in such good shape, how come so many people struggle just to get by? This writer joined the vast army of minimum-wage earners and found that even with two jobs (or three), life in the low-rent district is a nightmare of anxiety and exhaus Download and start listening now!

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  • “Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four.”

    Diane Sawyer

  • “Reading Ehrenreich is good for the soul.”

    Molly Ivins

  • “Captivating…promise that you will read this explosive little book cover to cover and pass it on to all your friends and relatives.”

    New York Times

  • “Impassioned, fascinating, profoundly significant, and wildly entertaining…Nickel and Dimed is not only important but transformative in its insistence that we take a long hard look at the society we live in.” 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Valuable and illuminating…Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.”

    New York Times Book Reveiw

  • “Ehrenreich is passionate, public, hotly lucid, and politically engaged.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Ehrenreich’s scorn withers, her humor stings, and her radical light shines on.”

    Boston Globe

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of a 2002 YALSA Alex Award
  • Winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • An Indie Next Recommendation

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Ross | 2/17/2014

    " I listened to the audio book and I found it very interesting. I will say that I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who work minimum wage jobs. I have been working since I was 12 as a paper boy and worked at minimum wage jobs from age 16 until age 24 and my first real job was as a cook in a chicken restaurant and that was enough to make me want to go to college if I did not already have my own drive to do so. I believe that raising the minimum wage is not the answer and that getting an education is a better solution to raising the minimum wage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah Scully | 2/15/2014

    " Showed you a different side of the working class of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/15/2014

    " I thought this book offered great insight into the lives of the working poor. I think some people expected that the author would immerse herself completely into the experience, but I don't think her intention was to prove it's tough to live on minimum wage. I think her purpose was to learn how people on minimum wage make ends meet and also why it's so tough to break out of poverty. I think she achieved both those goals. The worst part is that this book was written in the late 90s, during one of the greatest economic times in America. I find it heartbreaking to imagine how people survive on minimum wage today, in 2012. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessie P | 2/8/2014

    " Fairly interesting and insightful, but no major revelations. I did work as a hostess and retail associate - never for a living, but I worked with others who did. Wondering if a more recent, similar work would provide a better perspective, as this book is now about 12 years old and the climate may have changed a little. "

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