Honest, rough, clever
His description of the rematch home basketball game with his old tribal high school. It was so well written I was there with them on the basketball court and I've never played basketball before!
No I haven't. This was my first.
Kid without a chance makes his chances
Near or at the top
When his friendship with Rowdy came full circle and they reconnected after their falling out.
This book was a great mix of humor with reality and an eye opening look at the American Indian world.
The story is really funny and entertaining, but I'm not so into the delivery. I'd still give it a thumbs up, though!
Junior, a contemporary pre-teen and then teen, tries to become much more than what the world expects of him. His sense of humor keeps the listener from falling into the sadness that could take over his life.
I rated the performance one star lower simply because the reader's accent really started to get on my nerves. It was probably a correct accent for an Indian from a reservation -- just too sing song for me. That said...this is a wonderful audible book. Enjoy it!
This story is so honest, humbling, and humorous I didn't want to sleep. I wanted to keep playing the recording until it was done.
The author is not afraid to tell it like it is. The honesty in this story is haunting. It makes up grateful for all the opportunities we have and sorry for the ones we didn't take.
The main character has more courage as a teen than most of do all our lives.
One boy can make a difference and overcome all the evil that is around him.
I loved this book and the audio recording.
Adolescent transformation is never easy, imagine how difficult it might be for a Native American boy from a reservation.
When Alexie describes the courage it took to leave his reservation school and travel twenty-two miles one way to attend the "white" school in town. Considered a traitor by his peers on the rez and an outsider at the "white" school during the awkward time of adolescence he takes the chance to improve his educational opportunities by taking one of the biggest risks in his life. Just getting to school each day was an adventure. Every student can learn a lesson from his perseverance and true grit; success is never easy it requires hard work and demands sacrifice.
Sherman Alexie's performance brings the all the human comedy, tragedy and drama to life. You can hear the surprise, agony and stress as he reads each new experience. The heartbreak of each death, pain of every rejection and the joy of the minute triumphs come alive as he reads.
When Alexie describes the death of his sister after she runs away you can feel the love they shared and the void her death created.
As a high school special education teacher, I use this audio book for my students who struggle with reading. They follow along as we read this coming of age story and enjoy the fullness and richness of the book.
I've read this book several times and loved it each time. I'm from the Pacific NW so the locations are familiar. The story, however, is universal. What "made" this audiobook for me was Sherman Alexi's narration. No one else could match his rez "accent"--the story came alive with the authenticity of place.
The fourteen-year-old narrator, Jr./Arnold walks the line of identifying with and loving his culture while seeing its limits. Most listeners will feel the pain of separation and the joy of liberation in this coming of age tale.
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.