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.
So I know this is a book for young adults but I (being a few years beyond young adulthood) really enjoyed it. Sherman Alexie's narration had me laughing out loud. He interweaves lessons into the storyline in a way that is both loud and soft at the same time. I was really sorry when it was over, and am kind of hoping to find out how his sophomore year went.
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.
This award-winning, amazing youth literature work is definitely appropriate for any adult. Sadly, this little book, beautifully read by the author Sherman Alexie, was over too soon. His reading incorporated the lovely lyric of his oral history into a book which should be required reading for all non-Native American population. The story he sets out so clearly, punctuated with how events created changes in his life, is delightful, sad, humorous, forceful and eloquent. I am glad I read it and I recommend it with a four star plus rating.
What a wonderful surprise this book was. The fact that it is based on the author's life made it an incredible read. I do not know if it would have been as powerful to read as hearing his voice but this kind of book can change your life. It should be required reading in our high schools. I laughed, cried and was inspired by this amazing man's story.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Alexie immediately grabs you with this story of Spokane tribal member and high school student Arnold Spirit, aka, Junior. Written in the first person, it is believable from the beginning and you think that Alexie is telling his own story.
Taking place mostly over Junior's freshman year, this book is a coming of age story as Junior learns more about himself and the world around him. There are thought provoking subtexts of the nature of friendships, redemption, and choice.
Some may be put off to the multiple references to masturbation, but this is a story about a 14 year old boy. With that warning, I think this book could, and maybe even should, be read by all 13+ year olds.
This is a very engaging story. Although I don't usually like to listen to authors narrate their own, hearing Alexie added an authenticity to the story. A sad, funny, insightful look at a young rez kid who wants to attend a local white high school so he can make something of his life. Very much worth a listen.
Sherman Alexie narrates his own audiobook which makes the delivery of every humorous and poignant scene all the more touching. Wonderful laugh out loud moments juxtaposed with heart-wrenching, unflinching, tragic events.