I selected this book before reading any reviews; I was curious about the title and found it kept getting my attention.
Alexie is a gifted word picturer. He had me totally on the res and feeling the emotions that he was relating. I'm not from the rez - just a little white boy who somehow grew up in similar surroundings and felt that this was a little bit of my story. I laughed and cried so much that I had to keep listening until the end. A must for your library. An easy but great listen.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
Every once in a while there comes one of those books that is so extraordinary, it blows past all my defenses and scores a three-pointer. This is one of those books.
I try to avoid young adult lit, because, you know, I’m not a young adult. I’m 55 years old, for crissakes, I don’t need to read books about how the kids at school are mean and the first awkward kiss and inter-school rivalries. Except all these things were in this book and they were sweetly told and often made me laugh. Score one for Alexie.
I try to avoid books written by men because, well, I’m just trying to focus on women writers because I think they don’t get as much promotion as men and maybe my experience and theirs is more likely to match up. Except this book was about universal truths like loving books, loving our community, loving our families, and loving ourselves. Score another one for Alexie.
I try to avoid audiobooks that are read by the author, because just because you wrote it doesn’t mean you have the acting chops to perform it. Except Mr. Alexie, with his slightly sing-song Native American vocal cadence and youthful voice was absolutely the perfect narrator. Score again!
This book made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me think and it added to my understanding of what it means to grow up “other” in so many ways. This book would be perfect for a pre-teen or young teenager, but it is also perfect for anyone who appreciates family and friendship, or anyone who wants to re-connect with these essential parts of life’s journey. Alexie has scored the winning basket.
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
No, the reader did a great job.
Life on the
The story was good, the performance was also good. My complaint is that the story was said to be for middle school ages and up. In my opinion it could be for high school and up, thus the reason for the 4 stars.
ALL THE BOOKS! I'm new to this audio book thing, but I found that it makes my daily commutes actually enjoyable! Now I'm addicted to audios!
Great Perspective Building
Grandmother Spirit was excellent. The way that Junior spoke of her, you knew she was the type of person you hoped you'd grow up to be.
Alexie through his reading somehow manages to ground the story and at the same time make it utterly fantastic. The man is magic.
I listened to this book during my daily commute to work. It took me about a week to complete it (you can judge that commute for yourself). Listening to Junior's humor through his rough and smooth times make my road rage melt away.
You really benefit from listening to the audio of this book. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in seeing things from a different perspective. Though my youth was similar in some aspects to Junior's - poverty, rural, black sheep - at moments I was in awe of his descriptions of those events. It should be on every school book list in America.
This book was engaging and funny. I enjoyed the author's narration. It made the production seem more authentic. The material was crass at times, and was definitely geared toward a teen audience, but I enjoyed it as a glimpse into American Indian culture written by an American Indian. Overall, I recommend with reservations.
I have long been a Sherman Alexi fan, but have never heard his voice or heard any of his stories read aloud (saw Smoke Signals numerous times though, which is different.) The story itself is a typical Sherman Alexi story, excellent and true and honest. Sherman Alexi's voice lends a new layer of excellence to what would already have been a great read. The book, and his voice, ended too soon.
I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. Such a great narration of his true life story. Alexie opens one's eyes into the real world and life of a Native American.