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Laurel

Klamath Falls, OR, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (742)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "more real than most would know"
    Overall

    I loved this book. This is a accurate accounting of what really happens in the life of an Native American "Indian", told in way that makes you laugh and cry. Growing up in a town on what was a former Indian reservation turned public/private owned land I can relate totally to this story. The author hits the mark in every aspect. While his story may seem like fiction to some - those who lived it know just how truthful this is. I recommended this to anyone who wants to know what modern day Native Americans face on a daily basis - Most Indians are not rich from casino dollars, as many non-Indians people seem to think.

    40 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Shoot, Minnie, Shoot!: The Story of the 1904 Fort Shaw Indian Girls, Basketball's First World Champions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Happy Jack Feder
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1903, over 300 Indian children from across America lived at the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School in a remote, isolated valley in Montana. Among the children were a handful of teenage girls, many who had only lived in tepees. They quickly learned to play basketball and resoundingly crushed all opponents, including men's and women's university teams. After the games, the girls recited Shelley and Longfellow, played mandolins and violins, sang, danced, and pantomimed.

    T. Arcangel says: "Full of Inaccuracies"
    "inspirational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shoot, Minnie, Shoot! to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was based on fact.


    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the book it made me feel good


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended it often

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    In the fall of 1846, the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true, if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies.

    Andrew says: "An Insightful Account"
    "Blood & thunder"
    Overall

    An indept historical prosepective.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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