How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York

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(4.2 stars; 11 reviews)

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (1890) was a pioneering work of photojournalism by Jacob Riis, documenting the squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s. It served as a basis for future muckraking journalism by exposing the slums to New York City’s upper and middle class. The title of the book is a reference to a phrase of François Rabelais, who wrote in Pantagruel: "one half of the world does not know how the other half lives". (Summary by Wikipedia) (8 hr 50 min)


00 - Preface 1:50 Read by Guero
01 - Genesis of the Tenement 16:13 Read by Maggie Russell
02 - The Awakening 10:02 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
03 - The Mixed Crowd 15:09 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
04 - The Down Town Back-Alleys Part 1 14:24 Read by MaryAnn
05 - The Down Town Back-Alleys Part 2 17:14 Read by MaryAnn
06 - The Italian in New York 11:06 Read by Phil Chenevert
07 - The Bend 25:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
08 - A Raid on the Stale-Beer Dives 15:16 Read by Matthew Reece
09 - The Cheap Lodging-Houses 19:12 Read by Parrot17
10 - Chinatown 22:21 Read by Parrot17
11 - Jewtown 25:37 Read by Phil Chenevert
12 - The Sweaters of Jewtown 29:55 Read by Phil Chenevert
13 - The Bohemians - Tenement House Cigarmaking 21:28 Read by Phil Chenevert
14 - The Color Line in New York 19:02 Read by Phil Chenevert
15 - The Common Herd Part 1 18:50 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
16 - The Common Herd Part 2 14:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
17 - The Problem of the Children 14:17 Read by Matthew Reece
18 - Waifs of the City's Slums 15:01 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
19 - The Street Arab 22:20 Read by mevans
20 - The Reign of Rum 10:24 Read by ashleighjane
21 - The Harvest of Tares 30:57 Read by Guero
22 - The Working Girls of New York 16:38 Read by Guero
23 - Pauperism in the Tenements 26:18 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
24 - The Wrecks and the Waste 16:40 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
25 - The Man with the Knife 7:27 Read by ashleighjane
26 - What Has Been Done 25:47 Read by Phil Chenevert
27 - How the Case Stands 26:35 Read by Phil Chenevert
28 - Appendix 19:47 Read by Guero


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(5 stars)

I did a search for this, and here it is! I love the nonfiction on LibriVOX best. Once a lazy bookworm like me becomes dependent on AUDIObooks, nonfiction is hard to find ! Another reason to love love LOVE LibriVOX.

(3 stars)

uneven recording because of the amount of voices used, but a staple if youre learning early sociology (dated as it may be, and boy it is dated). thanks to the volunteers.

Great read!

(5 stars)

very much enjoyed this book!

She did a terrible job reading it. I love LibriVox recordings. I've used it a lot but this reading was horrific.

(0.5 stars)