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The Basketball Diaries Audiobook

The Basketball Diaries

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Publisher's Summary

In his teens, Jim Carroll roamed the streets of New York, shooting baskets with some of New York's best "playground" stars, and shooting heroin with some of the city's most memorable street characters. The Basketball Diaries is his chronicle of those years. Written while in his teens, it is a literary tour-de-force and a stunning portrait of contemporary urban street life. The characters and incidents are moving and funny and sad, but always very real.

©1963-1978 by Jim Carroll; Recording (P)1994 by Audio Literature

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"At thirteen, Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89 percent of the novelists working today." (Jack Kerouac)

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    Sarah 04-10-16
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    Just not the type of story I usually enjoy. Interesting though and the way it was read seemed to match up nicely.

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    sandi sandman 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Jim Carroll is a punk poet legend."

    I am very happy to hear his unique voice.i was lucky to see him in person and miss his writing

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-28-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-28-10 Member Since 2010

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    "A better movie...."

    The audiobook has some good parts and there were two in particular that I most certainly enjoyed and wouldn't even have known about had I not decided to listen to the book. BUT with that said, the ending is bad compared to that of the movei - and overall, I found the narrator's voice to be a tad annoying. (Guess DiCaprio plays him better than he does?)

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