Author/narrator Paul Tough explores the many barriers and processes in place that hinder success in getting into and completing college. Tough's narration comes across like that of a gritty gumshoe detective, in part because of his deep, gravelly voice. Yet his tone also conveys suspicion, especially as his research illuminates the ways that the affluent game the system, such as the Varsity Blues scandal of 2019. Tough contrasts that level of privilege to the egregious complications and limitations of resources most other students run into while aspiring to a first-class education. In another audiobook, Tough's delivery might detract, but in this production it draws out the pitfalls of the specific individuals he has researched and suggests the gloomy outlook for upward mobility in the U.S. today. L.E. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019
DD ISBN 9780358177876 $28.00
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