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.
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.
Multicultural literature has a bad wrap with some people, and it's not completely undeserved. I don't think anyone should get a free pass for writing a horrible book, and writing (and publishing) a horrible children's book should be punished with 20 lashings with a wet noodle and a big, wet, stinky fart! Sherman Alexie does not disappoint with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Anyone who wants to read about succeeding against the odds, and staying true to your own values even when it means risking everything else needs to add this to their must read list. Anyone who enjoys good fart jokes and riffs about masturbation also needs to add it as a must-read.
Listening to the Audible version is great because Sherman Alexie reads the book, so you get to hear his accent for the full effect.
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.