I was very disappointed by AUDIBLE listing this as appropriate for 8 year olds in the 8-80 advertisment. THIS IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS! Perhaps Audible needs to adopt a rating system, G, PG, PG 13 etc. This is PG-13 for sure - aside from the masturbation humor, there is a lot profanity. Just a warning. Still a good listen and a good story. It is not the autobiography of Sherman Alexie - this book is set in 2000, which he was not 15 years old in 2000. However, that being said, some of the events are thought by many to be related directly to his experiences in the northwest. He did not change the names of the schools he went to, and perhaps even some of the names of the families. He grew up very near where I live and many names and places are familiar. I thought the story was great - authentic and fairly accurate regarding the white kids and the Indian kids when he would have been a kid- sadly I wonder if much has changed.
I was very happy to here this book in his voice. He did a fine job narrating and I almost always enjoy listening to the author - lends additional insight in to how the author hears the characters. Sad that we refer to leaving the rez as "getting out," but this is a good story about a kid growing up, and leaving the rez.
If you haven’t read/listened to Don Quixote, it is worth the time to do so. Fighting windmills is over and done with right away, leaving a whole lot of adventure (and even more rhetorical digressions) for you to discover. I felt like I was listening to Moby Dick meets the Divine Comedy. I didn't get most of the inside and political jokes, and with an audiobook you don’t have footnotes. But I did the same with Dante, and didn’t really feel cheated. You don’t need to know who someone is, I think, if they are insulted with enough wit. I also learned that “At night all cats are gray.” Words to live by. I think I want to buy a copy in Spanish so I can look at some of Sancho’s quotes. Had Frodo taken Sancho instead of Sam, he’d have been in big big trouble. (Just had to point this out. It kept occurring to me all through the story.) I’m very glad I spent the time to listen to Don Quixote. I would complain about the ending, but considering that the day, age, and powers that were, I’ll leave well enough alone. The narration and accents were wonderful, and really helped keep my attention during some of the digressions.