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Speak Audiobook

Speak

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Publisher's Summary

From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either; there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent, she must speak the truth.

In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.

©1999 Laurie Halse Anderson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    Drassie 03-03-17
    Drassie 03-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It's Not Just For Teenagers"

    It is a wonderful book. I have enjoyed listening to it. It was written from a teenager's point of view but the author is an adult. I think a lot of people will relate to it. The story is sad but all is well that ends well. Highly recommended to all.

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    MommiLaniW GARFIELD, NJ, United States 01-04-17
    MommiLaniW GARFIELD, NJ, United States 01-04-17 Member Since 2017

    Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE

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    "An Amazing Teenage story for Adults"
    Where does Speak rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was captivating - it kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I longed to find out the truth, yet didn't want the story to end. It should be shared with teens and parents to ensure we are all aware of how we are viewed. It shared the importance of listening, hearing and truly understanding how differently we all communicate.


    What other book might you compare Speak to and why?

    Maya Angelou...many of her autobiographical stories are similar and express her pain and how it rendered her mute because of the power she believed her voice had. Unlike her, however is the way in which this main character struggled with her inability to SPEAK.


    Have you listened to any of Mandy Siegfried’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No or I am not sure...the vocals were not always my favorite and at times I wished there was another reader. I would have preferred a more modern day teen.


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

    Reactions included: fear, tension, anger and at times joy...I loved the comic relief shared when describing her teachers, and the other adults in her life.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read...one that all should spend the time to appreciate and revisit when making assumptions or critical opinionated comments.

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    lola 12-06-16
    lola 12-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story"

    I really liked the store I know what's it feels like to go thru what she did not in the same way but in my own story. I just feel like the book was missing something like it just left me with question mark. But over all great book and the
    reader did a good job

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    lovelydyanna 10-31-16
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    "loved it"

    i loved it a lot like the way she read the story and stuff it was good

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    Ellen 10-29-16
    Ellen 10-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story of pain and healing"

    I would recommend this story to teens and adults. It is excellent, vivid and real.

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    meg 10-19-16
    meg 10-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful Book"

    i really loved this book. I became interested in reading this after i saw the move. I started and couldn't stop reading it. i read it so many times tjat i lost count. i would recommend this book to anyone

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    Andrea Bambino 09-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A story everyone should read"

    This story is well written, and honest. Although it is a very emotional read, it is one that I think every person should read. It really is a powerful story.

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    Miranda Vaught 09-21-16
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    "Too Heavy to handle"
    Would you listen to Speak again? Why?

    Yes, for sure.


    What other book might you compare Speak to and why?

    It reminds me of Shattering Glass, which I read back in the day, similar setting, similar themes, similar main characters.


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

    You really feel Melinda's pain in a way that you wouldn't if you were just reading the book on its own.


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

    I had to put it down a few times, this is some heavy shit. The performance adds to that weightyness.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book. Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lizzie 09-12-16
    Lizzie 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book to read"

    read it during summer and was a great book to read ..I finished it in a day that's how much I loved it ....must have

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    MikeM 07-13-16
    MikeM 07-13-16
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    "Good story for young teens"

    This is a good book to teach kids about making good decisions and advise on living through high school.

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