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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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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 11-16-15
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 11-16-15 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

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    "A Great Book - Warning: Teenager"

    This is a great book. Fascinating look at life on the reservation, and off, from the Native American perspective. It has to be the most powerful and saddest book that instead of being a downer has humor and hope. I loved the narration even though I am always afraid authors won't do a good job. I have to say that I don't know why people are so sensitive to kids reading this book. A book about a 14 year old boy, told from his perspective, is something I would expect to include profanity and references to masturbation. It felt real. Your kid could do a lot worse than to read this book which though realistic in a portrait of a teenage boy is still positive and life affirming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela R. 06-15-16
    Pamela R. 06-15-16

    ALL THE BOOKS! I'm new to this audio book thing, but I found that it makes my daily commutes actually enjoyable! Now I'm addicted to audios!

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    "Sometimes all we had for dinner was sleep."
    If you could sum up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in three words, what would they be?

    Great Perspective Building


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandmother Spirit was excellent. The way that Junior spoke of her, you knew she was the type of person you hoped you'd grow up to be.


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

    Alexie through his reading somehow manages to ground the story and at the same time make it utterly fantastic. The man is magic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book during my daily commute to work. It took me about a week to complete it (you can judge that commute for yourself). Listening to Junior's humor through his rough and smooth times make my road rage melt away.


    Any additional comments?

    You really benefit from listening to the audio of this book. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in seeing things from a different perspective. Though my youth was similar in some aspects to Junior's - poverty, rural, black sheep - at moments I was in awe of his descriptions of those events. It should be on every school book list in America.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tilda Dragonmor 02-01-16
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    "Don't Give Up"

    So glad I didn't give up on this book after chapter one, as I was tempted to! Great story!!!

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    Mark 01-25-16
    Mark 01-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    Outstanding listen that should be shared with the ones you love. Completely caught me off guard!

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    Michael Simmons Phoenix, AZ 01-25-16
    Michael Simmons Phoenix, AZ 01-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Teen Coming of Age Story is Refreshing but Occasionally Vulgar"

    This book was engaging and funny. I enjoyed the author's narration. It made the production seem more authentic. The material was crass at times, and was definitely geared toward a teen audience, but I enjoyed it as a glimpse into American Indian culture written by an American Indian. Overall, I recommend with reservations.

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    Christine D 01-21-16
    Christine D 01-21-16
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    "Narration and story are amazing"

    I have long been a Sherman Alexi fan, but have never heard his voice or heard any of his stories read aloud (saw Smoke Signals numerous times though, which is different.) The story itself is a typical Sherman Alexi story, excellent and true and honest. Sherman Alexi's voice lends a new layer of excellence to what would already have been a great read. The book, and his voice, ended too soon.

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    Barb 01-19-16
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    Surprisingly engaging. So easy to be in the main character's head. The narration really worked though at first it put me off. Very quickly sucked me in.

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    P. Hardman Lynden, WA USA 01-07-16
    P. Hardman Lynden, WA USA 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. Such a great narration of his true life story. Alexie opens one's eyes into the real world and life of a Native American.

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    Jessica WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 12-31-15
    Jessica WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 12-31-15 Member Since 2010

    Starlight Thunderbolts Rainstorms Blissful Exhilaration Ocean Swimming Painting with my Hands on Wood. Life Is Worth it.

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    "Interesting & excellently narrated"

    Well formed story of hardship, perseverance, bravery and a touch of coming of age. Nicely formed characters and interesting, well woven events told with masterful narration. Even humorous at times. Well done.

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    Irene 12-29-15
    Irene 12-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    This book was an amazing book. It was funny, realistic of what a boy goes through and interesting to read about Native Americans.

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