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Across the River

Ryan Vincent AndersonKent Babb

Step into the tumultuous world of the Edna Karr High School football team in ‘Across the River’ as author Kent Babb takes readers on a gripping journey through the trials and triumphs of this marginalized community. Amidst the chaos of gun violence and other harsh realities, Coach Brice Brown and his players strive not only for a fourth state championship but also for survival. Through powerful storytelling and profound empathy, Babb shines a light on the challenges faced by young athletes and their unwavering resilience. This audiobook offers a riveting exploration of societal issues and the profound impact of sports on struggling neighborhoods.

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Experience the Grit and Resilience of a Football Team in ‘Across the River’

Step into the vibrant neighborhood of Algiers, on the west bank of the Mississippi, where hopes are low, dreams are big, and the community finds solace in the success of the Cougars of Edna Karr High School. In the powerful audiobook ‘Across the River,’ sports journalist Kent Babb takes us on a riveting journey alongside Head Coach Brice Brown and his team, who not only strive for a fourth consecutive state championship but also fight to keep their players safe from the epidemic of gun violence that plagues New Orleans.

A Story of Triumph Amidst Adversity

Algiers may be a neighborhood grappling with poverty and marginalization, but on Friday nights, the cheers deafeningly drown out its struggles as the Cougars dominate the football field. Despite the bright lights and roaring crowds, Coach Brice Brown knows the harsh realities his players face outside of the game. The gun violence epidemic has claimed innocent lives, including Tollette “Tonka” George, the former star quarterback and a shooting victim near a local gas station.

Through the pages of ‘Across the River,’ listeners are transported to the 2019 Karr football season, where Brown and his team face more than just opponents on the field. They grapple with issues of gentrification, eviction, mental health, the drug trade, and the relentless specter of gun violence. Kent Babb offers an unflinching and honest portrayal of the young athletes who must navigate these challenges in their striving for a better future.

A Coach Determined to Make a Difference

Coach Brice Brown proves to be the embodiment of resilience as he leads his players through this tumultuous journey. ‘Across the River’ showcases Brown’s unwavering commitment to his team's success, not just on the scoreboard, but in life. In the face of chaos, he strives to provide guidance, hope, and opportunities for his players, ensuring they have a chance to rise above their circumstances.

Kent Babb skillfully weaves together the narratives of Coach Brown, the players, and the community itself. With a combination of gritty storytelling and profound empathy, he sheds light on the challenges faced by young athletes in struggling neighborhoods. Their story becomes a testament to the human spirit, demonstrating that amidst adversity, determination and resilience can prevail.

Listen and Engage with ‘Across the River’

With the audiobook edition of ‘Across the River,’ listeners can fully immerse themselves in the world of the Karr football team and experience the triumphs and struggles alongside the players. The gripping narration brings the characters to life, evoking a range of emotions that will resonate deeply with both sports enthusiasts and those interested in exploring the realities of marginalized communities.

The included supplemental enhancement PDF further enriches the listening experience, providing additional context and insight into the story. When you purchase ‘Across the River,’ both the audio and the PDF will be conveniently accessible in your Audible Library.

A Riveting Work of Sports Journalism

In ‘Across the River,’ Kent Babb combines his exceptional storytelling skills with his expertise as a sports journalist to deliver a deeply impactful narrative. The audiobook serves as a poignant investigation into the complex realities faced by young athletes in struggling neighborhoods, while also shedding light on broader social issues such as gentrification, mental health, and the devastating effects of gun violence.

Prepare to be captivated by the compelling stories, inspired by the resilience of the characters, and moved by the urgent truths revealed in ‘Across the River.’ It is a vital exploration of the power of sport to bring communities together and ignite hope amidst adversity.

Additional Info

Book Name: Across the River
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Kent Babb
Narrators: Ryan Vincent AndersonKent Babb
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs
Audiobook Length: 11H39M
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English
Publish Date: 2021-08-10
Last Price: 14.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the book 'Across the River' about?

Across the River is a book that follows the Karr football team through its 2019 season as they strive to succeed on and off the field. It deals with the serious realities faced by young athletes in struggling neighborhoods, including gentrification, eviction, mental health issues, the drug trade, and gun violence.

Who is the author of 'Across the River'?

The author of 'Across the River' is Kent Babb.

What is the publisher of 'Across the River'?

The publisher of 'Across the River' is HarperAudio.

What is the genre of 'Across the River'?

'Across the River' is a sports journalism book.

What is the setting of 'Across the River'?

'Across the River' is set in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers, specifically focusing on the West Bank of the Mississippi.

What is the main focus of the head coach Brice Brown in 'Across the River'?

The main focus of head coach Brice Brown in 'Across the River' is keeping his players alive amidst the epidemic of gun violence in New Orleans and its surrounding communities.

What are some of the themes explored in 'Across the River'?

'Across the River' explores themes such as gentrification, eviction, mental health issues, the drug trade, and gun violence.

What is the supplemental enhancement provided with the audiobook of 'Across the River'?

The supplemental enhancement provided with the audiobook of 'Across the River' is a PDF that accompanies the audio.

What are some user reviews of 'Across the River'?

Some user reviews of 'Across the River' include comments such as 'great book', 'changed my perspective', 'compelling', 'a must-read for all', 'loved it', 'extraordinary story', and 'inspired'.

Who would enjoy reading 'Across the River'?

'Across the River' would be enjoyed by anyone interested in sports, particularly football, as well as those who are interested in exploring the realities faced by young athletes in struggling neighborhoods.


13 reviews for this audiobook
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    Amy Johnson 28-Sep-2023

    I was completely hooked on this audiobook from start to finish! Kent Babb did an incredible job of telling the story, and I couldn't stop listening. The way he describes the characters and their emotions is so vivid and engaging. Highly recommend!

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    David Thompson 30-Sep-2023

    I was looking for a gripping story to listen to during my commute, and Across the River definitely delivered. Kent Babb's writing style is so captivating, and I found myself really invested in the characters. The narration was also top-notch. Thumbs up!

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    Sarah Evans 02-Oct-2023

    Across the River is a must-listen for any fan of mystery and suspense. Kent Babb has crafted a thrilling tale with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. It's like being transported into another world!

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    Michael Anderson 05-Oct-2023

    I can't express how much I enjoyed Across the River. Kent Babb's storytelling skills are exceptional, and the way he brings the characters to life is remarkable. The audiobook version is simply outstanding!

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    Emily Turner 21-Oct-2023

    As a lover of crime novels, this audiobook was right up my alley. Kent Babb knows how to keep readers engaged with his gripping plot and well-developed characters. I couldn't stop listening!

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    Alex Walker 31-Oct-2023

    Across the River is a thrilling ride that will have you hooked from the very beginning. Kent Babb's storytelling is so immersive, and the audiobook experience takes it to another level. Highly recommended for fans of suspense!

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    Jessica Parker 24-Nov-2023

    I've listened to my fair share of audiobooks, and Across the River is definitely one of the best. Kent Babb's writing style is so engaging and the narrator's performance was captivating. I was completely absorbed in the story!

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    Ryan Martinez 08-Dec-2023

    Kent Babb has created a gripping mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Across the River is filled with suspense, and the way the story unfolds is masterfully done. A fantastic listen!

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    Olivia Hill 25-Jan-2024

    If you're in the mood for a suspenseful audiobook that will keep you intrigued, Across the River is the perfect choice. Kent Babb's storytelling is superb, and the atmosphere he creates is chilling. Loved it!

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    Daniel Mitchell 28-Mar-2024

    Kent Babb's Across the River is a thrilling and intense audiobook that had me hooked until the end. The characters are well-developed and the plot is full of surprises. I highly recommend this to any mystery lover!

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    Sophia Turner 07-Apr-2024

    Across the River by Kent Babb is an absolute gem of an audiobook. The suspense is palpable, the characters are relatable, and the twists will leave you gasping. This is storytelling at its finest!

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    Thomas Wilson 29-Apr-2024

    I couldn't get enough of Across the River. Kent Babb's writing draws you in from the very first sentence and keeps you captivated until the end. It's a rollercoaster of suspense and emotions!

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    Emily White 11-May-2024

    Across the River gave me chills down my spine. Kent Babb's ability to create a sense of dread and anticipation is amazing. The audiobook narration was also fantastic. Don't miss out on this one!

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