Absolutely - it would have been a completely different experience if I had just read it. The narrator-author
Funny thing about this book. While Junior is a Spokane Indian teenager living on a reservation, his story helped me to better understand the struggles of the inner-city youth my boyfriend works with in Chicago. Some stories are just universal. The down-side of listening to the audiobook is that you can't see all of Junior's cartoons (illustrated by Ellen Forney) which are as much a part of the story as the text. The advantage of the audiobook is Alexie's reading of it, which is awesome. I don't think you'll regret giving this one a chance.
Enjoyed it very much. Like all his writing, it was excellent, and the narration by Alexie was a special treat. Just wish it were longer.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Perhaps this is "res" reality for this character, but I don't care to listen to the frequent cursing, hear about the "masturbating master" and every "boner" he has while reading his magazines and looking at girls. I'm sorry I purchased it and couldn't finish it.
...I thought this book was fabulous it mimicked my life pretty close...so I knew and felt your pain and joy right along with you as you read it...keep up the good work Sherman you have just gained two new fans...My very special Lady Heart and I...we both look forward to all that you produce...Your big brother and big sister...~Cinye~...~Cherokee~...and my ~Lady Heart~...~Tupi-Guarani~...
Superbly written. Highly recommended for the story line, genuine characters, and unique voice of the author who reads it.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
It's honest, gritty, real and it's written by a Part-time Indian. Maybe a full-time Indian would be better, but where would we get one. They are a dying breed and their culture is rapidly deteriorating. Let's hear from as many as possible before that happens. This guy is likeable - really, I'll never forget him. This is the guy you wanted to sit near in school, just to be a part of his running commentary. I actually listened to this twice in a row, just to be sure I didn't miss anything. Sherman, you RULE!
The story of Arnold Spirit is lively, humourous and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Using Arnold's voice the story begins gently, unfolding in a deceptively uncomplicated way, giving the reader a teasing peek into the lives of the people who live on 'The Rez' before following Arnold out into the world to meet main-stream America in a middle-class white high school. Stepping in and out of these two widely diverse worlds, Arnold meets the challenges of adolecence, class, race and opportunity given or withheld, with humour, courage and grace.
Much like Frank McCourt illustrated the abject proverty of Ireland that surrounded his young self in Angela's Ashes by using accurate but not-yet-understood dialiogue and exposition, Sherman Alexis uses Arnold's young mind and voice to build for the reader a rich understanding of the North American Indian experience in modern America. Unlike Angela's Ashes, however, Arnold's story is one of hope.
Through Arnold's adolecent eyes author Sherman Alexie begins the layering of character and culture. Arnold may be small and different, but he's no wimp. He's funny and brave - a teenage philosopher. Arnold is always a surprise, whether it's dealing with his best friend or the school jock: the most popular girl: alcoholism on the Rez: the classroom nerd: the school dance: his absent sister: the basketball team.
As Arnold traverses the hallways of high school and the backroads of the Rez, we're begin a better understanding of Native American culture in modern America.
I loved this book, and highly recommend it.
I wish I had the skill and vocabulary to adequately describe how good this book is. Let's see, the words that come to mind are: real, surprising, gut wrenching, laugh out loud, laugh out loud hard, retard, human, awkward, thumbs, actually recognizing love, and funny....chocolate milk through the nose funny. I started this audio book at 10pm and could not go to sleep until I finished it. In three days I've downloaded and listened to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Flight and War Dances. I love all of them but my favorite is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Alexie is my new hero!
Side note: I highly recommend buying the book in print. It is full of fantastically funny doodles and cartoons. The artwork adds a lot to the story. Brand new it runs only around $10, well worth it!
I think the story was enhanced by having it read by the author. His voice sounded like a couple of Native Americans with whom I have worked. Thanks