The Pulitzer Prize has honored excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917. Announced today, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction was awarded to TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin.
The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, TOMS RIVER recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. Dan Fagin tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice.
Described by the Pulitzer committee as “a book that deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research,” TOMS RIVER is an important title to add to your audiobook shelves. Listening to the audiobook edition of a complex, scientific story, such as this one, is an appealing alternative to many readers who are looking to understand new, unfamiliar topics. With his innate talent for narrating non-fiction, Dan Woren carefully leads listeners through the chemistry and cancer descriptions, while maintaining the pace required to serve the thrilling detective angle of the story. Be sure to include the audio in your collection to make this winning book accessible to an even larger audience within your community.
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“Dan Woren’s narration is flawless as his clear, well-paced baritone helps bring Fagin’s many characters to life.”—AudioFile
“Expertly narrated by Dan Woren, the audio production was a pleasure to listen to. Good pacing and clear pronunciations, even all those scientific terms, made the 18+ hours pass by quickly. Even though this is a detailed and at times complex story, I highly recommend the audio version.”
—Under My Apple Tree
View the full list of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners here.