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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

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

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-04-15
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Most Read for Adults That is Also Good For Teens"

    There are lots of books "billed" for teenagers but that are even better for adults. I'm a 60 year old "tough guy" who had to hold back tears or hide them multiple times in this book that speaks more tough truth than most "adult" ones. The author also tries to speak in a 14 year olds voice but its a voice that is more real to even an adults internal dialog then "serious" literature pretends to be. It is wonderfully well written and read. This book is not only about life in "The Res" but about poverty, how so many of us are held prisoners by our cultures, real courage, drug abuse (remember alcohol is a drug), the cruelness of life, and also it's wonderful potential. Can't recommend it enough.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carl houston, TX, USA 09-04-09
    Carl houston, TX, USA 09-04-09
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    "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

    What a tragedy of a culture and heritage. How cruel and distructive we can be with manipulation and control.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 11-02-15
    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 11-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Inside the Mind of an Engaging Teen Boy"

    Both I and my 12-year-old son LOVED this book. It is funny, touching, and uplifting.

    It's a book about all the anchors that try to weigh down exceptional kids from chaotic and violent places: parents who have poor life skills and drink too much; peers who see their success and their dreams as a rejection of where they come from; a feeling that they don't belong in their own skins much less their homes; the fear that they won't fit in anywhere else. It's also a story about how exceptional kids can overcome all of the heartache usually associated with childhood plus the extras they face.

    Imagine what a teen boy thinks about; all that stuff and more is in this book. If you don't want (or don't want your children) to experience the sometimes profane, but always enlightening world of a minority kid from the wrong part of the world, don't read this book.

    If you want your mind opened, your hear warmed, and some good, old-fashioned belly laughs, read about this "part-time Indian."

    By the way, the narrator has an unusual voice and cadence. It drove me nuts in the beginning, but I loved it by the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Parfitt 11-01-15
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    "Sherman Alexie is brilliant"

    at first the story is sad but you want so badly for it to get better. it stays sad but joyful , insightful, triumphant, and beautiful. WOW

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    "awesome"

    just awesome, used this for a school report and ended up getting sucked into the story!

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    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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    Lorraine 07-15-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is special as Alexie is the narrator. Thank you Sherman Alexie for writing such a beautiful and funny book and thank you again for narrating it (icing on the cake).


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

    I just loved the whole book -- there were some movingly sad parts, but most generally I was very happy, as anyone might be when listening to such a lovely book.


    Any additional comments?

    My kids (8 yrs and 13 yrs) liked it too. We listened to it on a long car ride.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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