I loved listening to this book - the narrator, humor, messages were both entertaining and thought provoking. I laughed, I cried, I imagined life from the point of view of Junior. I am sure that I would enjoy the book a second or third time and would discover more important messages that went unnoticed early on.
I cannot pick out one memorable moment - from the start when Junior decides to leave the rez, to his first day, Thanksgiving, the night of the dance, his grandmother, the basketball games, the heartbreak - many scenes stirred up many emotions.
He is so believable as Junior. The accent, the cadence, the timing. He helps to bring the book alive. Junior is very likeable - and Alexie's portrayal enhances Junior's likeablity.
My interest and enjoyment never wained, and I often would sit in the driveway with my son to keep listening.
The book is a great jumping off point for many issues facing teens. Some may find certain language and references to sex offensive. I felt the references were appropriate and helped to convey Junior as a genuine teen. The book is appropriate for both boys and girls - and it is nice to have a book that would be appealing to most boys. Again, it could be a great catalyst for conversations about bigotry, social class, hope, relationships, social norms, emotions, alcohol, change, choices, and more.
Did I say I loved it?
I enjoyed some laughs and Tina Fey's narration. But, sometimes the jokes got old, and I got tired of hearing her perspective. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but listening to the book was like sitting next to a person that constantly speaks about themselves and their opinions. Thankfully she is funny and can tell a good story. But, by the end, I was more than ready to move on. If you like memoirs, this might be a good choice - if not, I'd try something else.
No, I would not try another book by the author or the actor. The actor's voice was a bit abrasive and she seemed to pause and draw out each and every phrase. While she was very expressive and conveyed an older Anne, who may have been looking back, the overall pace was much to slow for me.
Couple the slow pace with the writer's detailed, redundant style, and the book seemed endless. While the story had some intrigue, it seemed to go on and on restating the same thought or image three or four times before moving on. Perhaps better editing would have helped. It seemed that the book could have been reduced by 30% at least.
I enjoyed hearing more about the historical elements. I found the characters very unappealing. I tried to put Anne's passive and compliant approach in context of the times, but it was hard for me to like Ann or Charles. They just weren't very sympathetic people. I tend to prefer characters that I can enjoy and connect with - even if they are flawed.
Voice quality and too much pausing.
It was interesting to learn more about the times and the history.
This is one of the best. Often I listen to a book and think that the audio overcomes shortcomings within the novel. Or the narration does not give the novel justice. This is a perfect marriage of narration and content - all the while making me laugh, cry, think, and remember.
I haven't "read" the book or seen the movie. But I can understand why it is so popular. Wildly entertaining, yet at the same time delivers an important message. I found myself loving (or not) the characters and wanting to spend time with them as I carried my i-phone everywhere, tuned into "The Help".
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