I heard about this book though teacher friends and students, but never got around to reading it. The narrator/author took some getting used to, but overall he proved perfect for Junior's voice, which makes sense, since I'm sure much of this was autobiographical. Some authors aren't great readers of their own work, but this audio really had me laughing out loud- and crying too. Really great read!
I cannot say enough about this book. I love that the author reads it, given that it is in the first person and he knows how he felt about what he was writing. It really comes thru. I am now re listening to this with my granddaughter, who is 12 years old. We listen each day as I drive her to school. She is the type to inhale a book like this in a few short hours, and then is on to the next book. Listening to it in a slow broken up way, gives her time to think about what she is really getting out of this story. She is totally in love with you Sherman! She has a father that is an alcoholic, and some of the parts that are coming up will be very helpful to her. I know, because they helped me.
Anyway, the strength and determination that this young man has to not be pushed aside is awe inspired. His thoughts about his grandmother make me want to be a better person. All of the sadness in his life, would for some people, make you just lie down and give up. These tough times, in the end, just seem to make Jr stronger.
Love, love, love this book!
I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work
Sherman Alexie reads his own book. And Sherman Alexie is not a professional actor. So after a couple of weeks, I restarted my smartphone... and was committed to getting accustomed to his somewhat rough voice. It was definitely worthwhile. A very nice coming of age story of a group that is very well known to us, but from another perspective. This is not a John-Wayne-versus-the-Apaches-story, but a story more from within. Sometimes it's really funny, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's glorious, but most of all it is gripping. and Sherman Alexie's voice gives this story an extra dimension...
Musician and runner living on the island of Jeju in South Korea.
Sherman Alexie's renown as a writer and storyteller are well-deserved. His unique window into the American experience is articulated with such honesty, emotion and control that he had me hanging onto each story and word. This collection of stories can one second have you laughing only to sucker punch you the next.
Alexie is an efficient writer, and manages to cover a lot of ground in a short audiobook. His narration only adds to the book's sincere appeal–his voice, like the text, can turn from playful to serious on a dime.
A wonderful read/listen that I would highly recommend. Sherman Alexie has a sensitivity that allows him to capture the essence of teenager-hood and give it mass appeal.
I loved the story. The writing was beautiful, the narrative real and compelling.
The narration, however, detracted from the writing. I was left wondering if the author was trying to save a buck or two by doing his own narration. It felt like he was yelling in the beginning--like someone told him to be sure to project well.
I would absolutely recommend this book, but I would read it rather than listen to it.
This is a very good book, and listen... Well worth the price, but I did get it on "Deal of the Day" special... LOL, so what are you waiting for... ;)
I didn't know what to expect from this daily deal but am glad I purchased it.
I can't imagine this book being narrated by anyone else other than Sherman Alexie.