Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
This is a great book. Fascinating look at life on the reservation, and off, from the Native American perspective. It has to be the most powerful and saddest book that instead of being a downer has humor and hope. I loved the narration even though I am always afraid authors won't do a good job. I have to say that I don't know why people are so sensitive to kids reading this book. A book about a 14 year old boy, told from his perspective, is something I would expect to include profanity and references to masturbation. It felt real. Your kid could do a lot worse than to read this book which though realistic in a portrait of a teenage boy is still positive and life affirming.
ALL THE BOOKS! I'm new to this audio book thing, but I found that it makes my daily commutes actually enjoyable! Now I'm addicted to audios!
Great Perspective Building
Grandmother Spirit was excellent. The way that Junior spoke of her, you knew she was the type of person you hoped you'd grow up to be.
Alexie through his reading somehow manages to ground the story and at the same time make it utterly fantastic. The man is magic.
I listened to this book during my daily commute to work. It took me about a week to complete it (you can judge that commute for yourself). Listening to Junior's humor through his rough and smooth times make my road rage melt away.
You really benefit from listening to the audio of this book. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in seeing things from a different perspective. Though my youth was similar in some aspects to Junior's - poverty, rural, black sheep - at moments I was in awe of his descriptions of those events. It should be on every school book list in America.
This book was engaging and funny. I enjoyed the author's narration. It made the production seem more authentic. The material was crass at times, and was definitely geared toward a teen audience, but I enjoyed it as a glimpse into American Indian culture written by an American Indian. Overall, I recommend with reservations.
I have long been a Sherman Alexi fan, but have never heard his voice or heard any of his stories read aloud (saw Smoke Signals numerous times though, which is different.) The story itself is a typical Sherman Alexi story, excellent and true and honest. Sherman Alexi's voice lends a new layer of excellence to what would already have been a great read. The book, and his voice, ended too soon.
I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. Such a great narration of his true life story. Alexie opens one's eyes into the real world and life of a Native American.
Starlight Thunderbolts Rainstorms Blissful Exhilaration Ocean Swimming Painting with my Hands on Wood. Life Is Worth it.
Well formed story of hardship, perseverance, bravery and a touch of coming of age. Nicely formed characters and interesting, well woven events told with masterful narration. Even humorous at times. Well done.