Tangential, 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.
Now I know what the criteria is for the so-called prestigious awards that this book has received. What a bunch of fictional trash that they are applauding and recommending to the young readers of our country. I am so saddened by what has been embraced as great literature. Yes our human plight can be painful and humiliating, but our sense of human value can only be degraded by embracing this type of filth.
I do not recommend this book for any reader, young or old.
I would never want my children to read the book. Not all people masturbate. And I felt that Arnold overdid the issue of making people feel sorry for him. On the bright side it was A very enjoyable book for much of it.
I almost never listen to or read books a second time, with the exception of Harry Potter. But, I have with this book.
I've never read a book that can make me laugh, and then cry, in the same sentence. Alexie is a master story teller, and a master of the human experience.
Do yourself a favor and listen. But, you should also read this one with your eyeballs, as the character in the book is a cartoonist, and the print version has many of those cartoons as part of the story.
Simply and powerfully written, this book lays out the inner life of a Reservation. The Indian Ghetto is very closely drawn, but the message is universal. What happens if you stay? What happens if you leave? This book is beautifully crafted. I listen through twice. After you have enjoyed this book, watch the movies "Smoke Signals" and "The Business of Fancy Dancing" also by Sherman Alexie.
This is a fun story. It makes you think a little bit, and gets you rooting for the underdog A LOT, and then it makes you think a bit more about who exactly IS the underdog. Many applicable lessons to life, if that is what you are looking for. More importantly, it is a good, heartwarming story. Perfect for that 5th-9th grade range, and a wonderful read for parents with their kids for even an greater grade range.
I am not generally a fan of authors narrating their books, and this one did little to change my mind. By the end I was okay with it, though. Sherman Alexie has a very interesting cadence. There were times I felt his inflection/emotion didn't match that of the piece. But, overall, it has been one of the more memorable listens.
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.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Not just for YA audiences! I really enjoyed listening to this book and highly recommend it. I wish all the best for Sherman Alexie!