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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Audiobook

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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.
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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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    Abbe Flynn 02-24-15
    Abbe Flynn 02-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Realtor in Tallahassee, FL. Huge reader and listener of books.

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    "LOVE IT"

    Its Amazing. The story was beautiful, the reader, everything was just so incredibly Awesomely amazing.

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    L. Bergner 02-21-15
    L. Bergner 02-21-15 Member Since 2012

    shoe diva

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    "Awesome"

    I listened to this book with my 2 sons for a week while we traveled back and forth to school. we loved every minute of it.

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    Patricia Dickmann 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely a great book"

    I Would have loved it to be longer. Heart breaking to know the Indian children are bullied if they leave and bullied if they stay.

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    Daniel 01-13-15
    Daniel 01-13-15
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    "Good book"

    I think the story could have been written with better technique but overall it was a great story. It captivated me and i couldnt stop reading/listening.

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    Karen Jones 01-08-15
    Karen Jones 01-08-15
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    "a must read"

    i had the good fortune of listeni g to a talk by the authur this year. that talk and this book gave me a significant paradigm shift about the duality of indian life. gripping, funny and tearful, i will never forget this book.

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    Jennifer 01-06-15
    Jennifer 01-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Engaging family audiobook"

    We chose to listen to this book during a family road trip through Washington and Idaho, which was pretty cool because we drove very near the reservations Alexie describes and seeing the actual landscape gave us a different perspective. We did not read the print version so I understand we missed out on the clever illustrations.

    My family enjoyed the book very much. It is definitely a YA novel, but the themes he touches on keep it from being overly simplistic. One word of caution, however. The protaganist is a teenage boy and Alexie decided it was best to tackle the subject of masturbation early in the novel. I had read reviews of the printed book so I was prepared for this and hit the fast forward button (my son, who had already listened to the audiobook, knew it was coming and was relieved we skipped it).

    Despite this, I recommend the book as a good family listen. Alexie describes his community and its challenges honestly and without sentimentality. His account of his first trying days at the white people's school rings true, as does the hostility of his old friends who feel betrayed. It is a positive story of rising above and coming together.

    Alexie narrates the book himself, and that led me to believe it was an autobiography, which it is not, although he did experience many of the events he describes. His distinctive and deep voice made for an engaging listen.

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    bug 01-05-15
    bug 01-05-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Too short"

    What a great story. I only wish it was longer. It feels like it ended too soon.
    I love that the author narrates it. He is a very good reader as well as a good writer.

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    Kathryn L. NJ 11-17-14
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    "Heartbreaking and wonderful."

    I couldn't turn this one off. So many things to be gained from this story - the biggest of which being perspective and gratitude, for each of our privileges and each of our chances to bless ourselves.

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    Rita RAPID CITY, SD, United States 10-09-14
    Rita RAPID CITY, SD, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining and highly moving"
    Where does The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far my favorite audio book, and I listen to an average of two books per month. The book is surprisingly funny and uplifting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I experienced a wide range of emotions while listening to the story. I laughed out loud at times, was touched by the sweetness of the main character, and was also very sad at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Having grown up nine miles from a reservation, I was moved when the main character described the vast differences between the lives of Native American and white children.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed the narration, particularly the author's accent. This is one book I'm so glad I listened to instead of read on my Kindle. I think the author's emotion during narration greatly enhanced my experience.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 08-12-14
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Coming of Age Story from One-of-a-Kind Voice"

    Several people have told me that this novel is among their favorite books of all time. I can't quite say that, but this coming of age story about a poor Native American boy is funny and touching in a very unique way.

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