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
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Yes. The stereotypes are yawn-producing. Cheerleaders=pretty & shallow; Jocks=stupid and etc. I'd like to see authors have the depth and creativity to defy stereotypes. After hearing the tired cliches, it takes me a minute to return to the story.
The difficult subject matter contained just enough detail without being too graphic or gratuitous. Effective use of metaphors with garden and tree project. It's a good story to read w/your teenage daughter and have discussions about the scary topics of rape and depression.
No, have not.
Yes. It was a solid read for a YA novel. I would recommend with only slight reservations. I enjoyed the narrator's performance.
The audiobook accurately reflects the angst, power and pain that the books brings forth. The reader of the books convinces you that she is Melinda and is in the process of experiencing all that the character she is portraying is feeling. I used this audiobook as an instructional tool and my students loved it.
I loved reading the book, but hearing the book read was like seeing Melinda's story take on a whole new image in my brain. I could see the story play out like a movie and it was better than anything I've seen or heard related to this story.
I have listened to several hundred audiobooks and this was on of the best I had heard. I listened to this on holiday and it was so good I finished listening within two days.
The girl they have reading this book is awesome. She captures the character brilliantly. I really felt like I was listening to someone pour out their heart and soul, and was in tears at certain parts.
The book is fun, witty and moves quick. It's a very short listen, but seemed to be the appropriate length to develop the main character and the story. The narration is very good.
"The subject of sexual violence is carefully handled in Speak and seems to give both warnings and hope."
I was happy that the heroine of this book was such a typical teenager, someone that a young reader could identify with and learn from. The story seemed sadly real to me. As a teacher, I am afraid students do evaluate their instructors the way the main character does, but it reminds me that students have personal stories that often need to be told. I felt relieved when the character found her voice in spite of everything. Worthwhile story, but requires thoughtful recommendation to young adult readers because of the mature subject matter.
This was the most real story I have read in a long time. It's always a joy to find a gem years after its publication. I have high hopes for Melinda!
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