Wasn't sure i would like reading about this young boy's life, but it sounded intriguing, and it was. I recommend it
Very much enjoyed this audiobook which my niece recommended. I particularly appreciated the narrator who does a GREAT job with all of the voices including the female voices, which I found very impressive. The coming of age story is emotionally moving and unique enough to hold the attention of an adult. Not my usual fare but satisfying and a really great performance by the narrator. Highly recommended for teenagers and young adults.
Audible books keep me from having full blown conversations with my dogs during the day!
The reader is great!! Unfortunately the book is very dark and depressing.
My 17 year old daughter and I took a long road trip visiting universities. She chose this book. The description sounded like a fun teen type story. However the book concentrates on suicide, family violence, teen sex, gay sex, assaults, drugs, and depression.Although my daughter loved it, I wanted to jump out of the car to get away!
R. Allen Freeman
Yes, I have recommend this audiobook to many of my friends.
The story is fun and it seem very real a modern story it's not hard to imagine this
story in real life.
The fight between Patrick and his boyfriend, It saddened me profoundly I cried.
He was very easy to listen to his voice is pleasant.
Patricks fight with is boyfriend and Charlie's realization about his aunt.
The movie was very good but like most movies it wasn't as good as the book.
This audiobook was very good it was fun I was sad when I finished it. Also at the
end I was Evan more worried for Charlie as I was in the beginning I found myself
caring for him.
This is a wonderful coming-of-age story. The book follows Charlie, the young protagonist, as he gradually emerges from his timid shell and learns to "participate" in the world. It reminded me to muster the courage to truly be present in my own life instead of cowering in the safety of the homebody and wallflower roles. The narration was pretty good as well, however, he sounds like a "valley girl" when he narrates female roles, which is rather annoying. Overall, it was a great performance and superb story!
I like magical realism.
I really enjoyed the book in both audio format and book form. I'm not sure which way I preferred, but I liked the audiobook well enough. The narrator sounded a little younger than I would have anticipated, so it was a little weird when very adult topics were covered, but that's really not enough to give it anything less than four stars. It was a quality audiobook that I would recommend to anyone that grew up in middle class suburbia.
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
I came across this title while browsing through a list of suggested books I might like based on prior purchases. Those things are pretty accurate – I really liked this story. At the time, I didn’t realize they made it into a movie (I haven’t seen it) or that it was written way back in 1999. To me, the main character Charlie was Cameron Crowe + Conrad from Ordinary People + Neil from Dead Poet’s Society. The story follows Charlie through his freshman year of high school through a series of letters he writes to an unnamed recipient. He describes his many turbulent adventures with family, friends and acquaintances, and learns to participate in life and not just observe. I would be very interested to know what happens to Charlie and his friends in the unwritten future, a true test of an author’s ability to make the reader care about his characters. As I haven’t seen the movie or even a trailer, in my mind Charlie looks like Kurt from Glee. Don’t know what that means…..
The Perks of this Novel, My Best Friend, Charlie.
The book travels through the life of Charley, a high school student, who encounters just about everything that could happen to a confused high schooler.he is an innocent child and soon exploors the world of sex drugs and rock and roll. every thought you could possibly have is in this book. This book takes you back to your days as a high school freshman. It reminds you about love, loss, and recoverry. Chobosky shows you life in the eyes of Charlie. Through his journey from the shy freshman to someone who has changed and made new frirends. This is a book you can read over and over again, and find something that you didnt know before. I highly recommend this book, it's amazing!
This series of letters by a teenage boy truly did capture the narrator in all his thoughtful idiosyncrasies. I thought I would love this coming-of-age story, but I got halfway through and realized that there was not much of a story here. It was a series of interesting vignettes, but that was not enough to sustain my interest and continue into the second half of this novel. One problem is that outside of the angst-plagued teenage boy narrator, none of the other characters came alive to me. The writing is great, with so much of teen life right on. But the many details that made me smile were not enough to keep my interest.