This was one of the best books I ever read/listened to. It was truly wonderful.
Great read for the money - got it for $1/hr. It was fun and short, and well told. It's about relationships, family, culture clash, alternative perspectives, inclusion and exclusion, love of ethnic background with all it's positives and negatives, yet reaching out to explore life's alternative paths. It's about courage, persistence, and life's struggles. Recommended for men and women. The narration (as well as the prose) gave it authenticity.
I would listen again to this story, because as with War Dances by Alexie, the stories are filled with great characters. Even though you know what will happen your imagination gets to enjoy the trip again.
Huckleberry Finn is comparable because of the American culture's impact on a boy's life who is trying to understand the world he was placed in.Both are funny, sad, insightful, and sensitive.
Sherman's voice helps emphasize the emotions of the characters.
Many of the scenes have great visions, but particularly moving when he lost his sister.
Looking forward to more great writing from Sherman. THANK YOU!
This was an interesting book and I liked the author's performance. It helped that the narrator had an authentic accent. The story was interesting, funny, sad, eye-opening, and left me fulfilled as a listener, but also pondering. I recommend it.
A university professor recommended this book to me, and I ordered it right away and loved it! Had to own the audio book since it was read by the author. I'll admit it took me a little while to get used to his voice/reading style, but that's not uncomon for me and I had already read it once and the voice "in my head" was a little different. Either way - don't listen to this on the bus, as people will stare at you when you burst out laughing every couple of minutes. The themes are sometimes sad and serious, but humor can be a useful tool when dealing with them, and Sherman Alexie sure knows how to do that.
first book i listened in a long time that made me laugh out laugh outloud. very witty, smart, honest and endearing. a great insight into how a reservation indian lives, along with their thoughts and relations to whites. i think everyone should read it.
I laughed then I cried and sometime I did both simultaneously. A story of triumph that shows how where we are from can be a blessing and a curse, but it is what we are. I was sorry when this story ended.
There are lots of books "billed" for teenagers but that are even better for adults. I'm a 60 year old "tough guy" who had to hold back tears or hide them multiple times in this book that speaks more tough truth than most "adult" ones. The author also tries to speak in a 14 year olds voice but its a voice that is more real to even an adults internal dialog then "serious" literature pretends to be. It is wonderfully well written and read. This book is not only about life in "The Res" but about poverty, how so many of us are held prisoners by our cultures, real courage, drug abuse (remember alcohol is a drug), the cruelness of life, and also it's wonderful potential. Can't recommend it enough.
Both I and my 12-year-old son LOVED this book. It is funny, touching, and uplifting.
It's a book about all the anchors that try to weigh down exceptional kids from chaotic and violent places: parents who have poor life skills and drink too much; peers who see their success and their dreams as a rejection of where they come from; a feeling that they don't belong in their own skins much less their homes; the fear that they won't fit in anywhere else. It's also a story about how exceptional kids can overcome all of the heartache usually associated with childhood plus the extras they face.
Imagine what a teen boy thinks about; all that stuff and more is in this book. If you don't want (or don't want your children) to experience the sometimes profane, but always enlightening world of a minority kid from the wrong part of the world, don't read this book.
If you want your mind opened, your hear warmed, and some good, old-fashioned belly laughs, read about this "part-time Indian."
By the way, the narrator has an unusual voice and cadence. It drove me nuts in the beginning, but I loved it by the end.