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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Audiobook

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Young People's Literature, 2007

Sherman Alexie delivers a captivating, semi-autobiographical account of one Spokane Indian's struggle against incredible obstacles.

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.

©2007 Sherman Alexie; (P)2008 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Delivers a positive message." (School Library Journal)

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    "first time in yrs a bk has entered my top 5 list"

    This bk is now in my top 10 along with Jitterbug Perfume, Good Omens and Einstein's Dreams. The language and story are authentic. Seems every universal theme is touched--funny, philosophical and poignant. I cheered for Arnold Spirit, laughed with him, wept at his insights and grief and wish him luck and love and long life.

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    Sean Ubele 09-11-15
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    just awesome, used this for a school report and ended up getting sucked into the story!

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    Ashtyn 07-16-15
    Ashtyn 07-16-15
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    "Cried twice"

    Great listen! I cried twice - listen and you'll figure out where. The first time was in the first chapter. Not bawling-my-eyes-out crying, but a good tearing-up on my walk to work. Compelling story.

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    "this was great"

    loved it the story was great i could relate to it and it was a very rocky road

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    A. Gutierrez Panorama City, CA USA 06-18-15
    A. Gutierrez Panorama City, CA USA 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great performance!!"

    This is the first of Alexie's work that I read / listen to, I walk away with A new favorite book and author!

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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 09-16-13
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book for adults, too; great narration"
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    Short memoir about growing up on an Indian reservation in rural Washington while dreaming of breaking out, even if that means the scorn of everyone left behind. Moving, funny, just great. I've already shared the book with multiple friends. (I didn't realize it was a YA book until after I was finished. It's great for adults, too.)

    I'm glad I listened to this instead of just read it because Alexie's narration only deepened my enjoyment.

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    traciblack 07-15-15
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    "An Action Tearjerker"

    over the summer I was assigned this book as a project for my high school enrollment and to be honest kids these days really don't read any books what is mousses you think they would but this one really made me think about life and I really enjoyed the fact that it really did connect to the outside world other than the fact that it connected to me I just felt like it would be recommended to all ages not just younger people or older people but like everyone anyone and everyone who ever has thought about family or even the thought of anything could read this book and be like wow that was a great book so I absolutely enjoyed this and I have no further comments about this.

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    Grace in Kuwait 01-06-13 Member Since 2009

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    "I loved Arnold Spirit!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the most enjoyable?

    From first word to last this very personal tale leads you into the richness of the life - on and off the 'Rez' - of Arnold Spirit. His unique challenges and circumstances coupled with what was, to me, an unfamiliar culture captured my attention and my heart! Never mawkish or seeking pity, I laughed as often as I felt sympathy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An Indian Uprising!


    Any additional comments?

    I will keep this book near and listen again.

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    Brandy United States 11-22-12
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    "Pleasantly surprised and highly entertained!"
    If you could sum up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, rough, clever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

    His description of the rematch home basketball game with his old tribal high school. It was so well written I was there with them on the basketball court and I've never played basketball before!


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

    No I haven't. This was my first.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Kid without a chance makes his chances


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    Amy Cranford, NJ, United States 03-15-11
    Amy Cranford, NJ, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful story"

    Multicultural literature has a bad wrap with some people, and it's not completely undeserved. I don't think anyone should get a free pass for writing a horrible book, and writing (and publishing) a horrible children's book should be punished with 20 lashings with a wet noodle and a big, wet, stinky fart! Sherman Alexie does not disappoint with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Anyone who wants to read about succeeding against the odds, and staying true to your own values even when it means risking everything else needs to add this to their must read list. Anyone who enjoys good fart jokes and riffs about masturbation also needs to add it as a must-read.

    Listening to the Audible version is great because Sherman Alexie reads the book, so you get to hear his accent for the full effect.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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