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Rain

STILLWATER, MN, United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Narrated By Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

    Kathleen says: "A brilliant gem in a sea of mediocrity"
    "One of the best novels I've listened to in years."
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think what moves me is just all of the small subtle moments between Ari and Dante that moved me; you can feel how they feel for each other in each interaction and conversation, and you can see how each of them grows after each interaction.
    I also really love those big moments.. hearing them.... when Ari got hurt... and when Dante got hurt, and Ari's reaction to it. All of those moments were just beautiful to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is beautiful, simplistic (in a wonderful way,) and touching. The relationship between these two boys is so moving and powerful because it is not obvious and in your face; instead, it's subtle and gradual how we change one another in any relationship, how we grow and transform throughout a relationship and how we are never the same in the end.

    You know soon into the story how things will turn out, but you still keep listening to hear because it is so beautifully written, and you fall in love with the characters while dreaming that you had such a friendship.

    I don't usually listen to audiobooks for long periods of time. Usually I listen to one for 20 minutes each night before I fall asleep, but this one kept me awake long long into the night, and now here I sit on a Sunday afternoon having not moved for the last 4 hours just so I can finish this book because I was so enthralled that I couldn't do anything until I finished experiencing this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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