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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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    Silverhamr Waukegan, IL USA 09-02-16
    Silverhamr Waukegan, IL USA 09-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    Funny, sweet and moving all at once! Great narrator! Highly recommended. What else can I say⁉️

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    Amazon Customer 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant writing."

    A reminder that our ordinary lives are always interesting if we can stay with the truth.

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    Audiophile_on_a_budget 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully narrated, touching story"

    The plot itself is simple and deliberately that way, and the story is narrated by a 12 year old Spokane Indian boy. It's beautifully written and emotional without seeming melodramatic or manipulative. If you feel that the accent is jarring a little at the beginning, I urge you to hold on for a bit and you'll soon feel that you made the right choice by listening to it and not reading it. Definitely recommend it, more so for the perfect narration.

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    ellin 08-27-16
    ellin 08-27-16
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    "Delightful!"

    A meandering tale, like a slow river wandering through beautiful woods where time has ravaged the shore to feed the trees.

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    Pen Name 08-22-16
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    "Sherman Alexie just dropped the mike."

    An effing amazing book. I tried to write "perfect" and leave it at that but the review box requires at least fifteen words. Our narrator squeezed my heart with his dogged openness to life. He became a hero in the truest sense by telling of a 22 mile journey that traversed universes.

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    Dez 08-12-16
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    I'm so glad they got the voice down for this performance. Wouldn't have been the same without it.

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    CrabCatcher Fresno, California 08-07-16
    CrabCatcher Fresno, California 08-07-16

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    "Heartfelt accounting of Indian life"

    Very educational for non Indians about tribes and reservation life. Moving and emotional written in the first person

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-16
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    "Perfect ❤"

    The narrator's accent makes me smile. It's just so interesting and I can actually picture Junior with that voice.

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    Scott 07-01-16
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    "An American Treasure"

    As always, Alexie coaxes the soul from its hiding place with his masterful storytelling. I laughed out loud and dropped tears a few times. Alexie does not simply read his book to us, he is telling us a story. Much like being a passenger on a road trip with a driver you completely trust, I never questioned the turns or scrutinized the speed. Alexie fosters a trust that wherever he's headed, it will be amazing. So, we can just relax, ease into the seat, and enjoy the ride

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    Mike 06-02-16
    Mike 06-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent performance, story good for young adult book"

    I only found out after purchasing that the book was for young adults. I still enjoyed it---I have an interest in books about American Indians---and laughed out loud a few times. The performance is stellar. I'd read another book by the author and hopefully there are more on audible that he narrates.

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