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Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner - March 2018

Author Ben Austen and narrator Ron Butler create something special in this outstanding examination of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing projects. Butler captures the characters of residents, cops, housing officials, and others. Austen gives him much to work with--the audiobook is about the people of Cabrini-Green as much as it is about the buildings and politics and policies. What Austen and Butler do so well is counter the worn narrative of Cabrini-Green as a place of urban blight, poverty, and violence. There also were communities of people striving for a place in the world. This is a fine, sympathetic portrait of a place and its people, both of which have long been overshadowed by myth and stereotype. G.S.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2018]

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