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.
Funny, sad, real.
Listening to his evolving relationship with his child hood friend was interesting.
Listening to him talk about when his grandmother died was very sad, and I really felt for him.
I don't care for the prompted questions for this particularly book. I feel like my answers aren't going to make you want to listen (or read) this book. But you really should. It was my favorite book that I read/listened to in 2013!
I turned it on in the car as we were driving to an out of town doctor's appointment. I had my two teenage kids in the car with him. Initially, they groaned. Ugghhh, another one of mom's audio books! Within the first 20 minutes, we were all listening. We were laughing, and all really paying attention to the story.
There are some controversial topics. Alcoholism is definitely discussed. Along with bullying, racism, etc. But these are topics that are occur in real life. The author narrates this story, and he does a good job. It's entertaining, thought provoking, sad at times, funny at times. It was an excellent book.
This book impressed me so much that it warrants my one and only Audible review. I listened to the audio version read by the author and it was PERFECT. Sherman made the story come alive and I felt like I was deeply involved with the characters. The main character faces major hardships (I cried a few times, not like me) but also has many great things that happen to him - a perfect combination of pathos and success. I am often annoyed by books with a hopeful and happy ending, not this time. The only thing that made me sad at the end the book was that the story was over. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the audiobook as well. TRUST ME.
I taught and lived on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico for three years, so I am generally leery of "Native American" things. Often they are romanticized or dripping with guilt or excuse. Not this.
This is the story of what a reservation is. Really. In full color.
Do you want to know what it is like? Even today? This is what it's like.
A great boon to the story is the fact that it is read by the author and sounds exactly correct. If you haven't spent a great deal of time around Native Americans--enough to be able to imagine the voices as they are while you read--reading the book in print will rob you of the full experience.
The characacters are funny and sad and accurate. I have also never been to as many funerals as I attended while on the rez. I could tell you stories of such horror and desperation... and tell you of the beauty and the wonderful children. But my voice is not a Native voice. Why not do yourself a favor and just listen to Mr. Alexie instead?
Mr. Alexie: Thank you for writing this. I'm glad you were able.