Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Written by:
Matthew Desmond
Narrated by:
Dion Graham

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2016
11 hours 4 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • One of the most acclaimed books of our time, this modern classic “has set a new standard for reporting on poverty” (Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times Book Review).

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY President Barack Obama • The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • The New Yorker • Bloomberg • Esquire • BuzzFeed • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Politico • The Week • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal •  Publishers Weekly • Booklist • Shelf Awareness

WINNER OF: The National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction • The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction • The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • The Hillman Prize for Book Journalism • The PEN/New England Award • The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize


“Evicted stands among the very best of the social justice books.”—Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth 

“Gripping and moving—tragic, too.”—Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones

“Evicted is that rare work that has something genuinely new to say about poverty.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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Kimberly J

This was an excellent, but frustrating, book because the topic is at best depressing. The author does a thorough job detailing how various subjects that he follows through the book become entangled in the eviction cycle. I wish he had focused more on the epilogue topic of what can be done, what other countries are doing, etc. earlier in the book. The narration was outstanding.

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Sherry E

I minored in Sociology and I find this book fascinating from a cultural perspective. I really felt present in the stories. It's an emotional rollercoater of sorts. I felt anxiety, shedded some tears and laughed a little, too. I am thankful that Matthew took on this field study and did such a wonderful job doing so. The narration was superb also.

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G B.

Narration is at record speed. If you likethat pace. It like it’s 1. It like it’s at 2.0

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Trina W

I was trying to use this in my classroom until I got to the foul language, including the f- word. Thank...

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Shay F

This was a very interesting book, however, I think it's probably a better book to read and not listen to. WIth that said, I loved the narrator, he was fantastic. I felt that the story dragged on a bit and I was ready to move onto the next book when it was over.

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richard s

A truly eye opening book and a must read for anyone in the United States trying to understand the housing situation and poverty. The narration was superb! Let me give you a warning, this book will definitely make you understand what it is like living paycheck to paycheck except this is SSI or Welfare. I learned a lot of the hardship and potential solutions from this book. My hats off the the writer who did a fabulous job! A must read.

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Mimi H

Such a thoughtful and patient exploration of a pre-homeless community in Milwaukee. I will never complain about anything in my life ever again. Narration was perfect. The bool--amazing. Sonetimed difficult to listen to because of the unending and maddening levels of hardship many of the people face.

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Jacob Pischer

Really engaging and the narrator really brings you into the book with his own way

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