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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Audiobook
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Written by: 
Sherman Alexie
Narrated by: 
Sherman Alexie
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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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    "Story of a waterheaded, basketball playing nerd..."

    This is a very good book, and listen... Well worth the price, but I did get it on "Deal of the Day" special... LOL, so what are you waiting for... ;)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 11-10-15
    Tiffany 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    I didn't know what to expect from this daily deal but am glad I purchased it.
    I can't imagine this book being narrated by anyone else other than Sherman Alexie.

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    Doc NY USA 11-10-15
    Doc NY USA 11-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Thank you Sherman"

    Perfect. Thank you Sherman Alexie for a wonderful story an narration. I enjoyed it very much.

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    Rani W. 06-04-15
    Rani W. 06-04-15
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    "Great read"

    This is a great book for everyone to read. Particularly young boys trying to make sense of life and themselves. The narration is really good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike GRAND ISLAND, NE, United States 06-24-14
    Mike GRAND ISLAND, NE, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I absolutely loved this audio!"
    If you could sum up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sad, real.


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

    Listening to his evolving relationship with his child hood friend was interesting.


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

    No.


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

    Listening to him talk about when his grandmother died was very sad, and I really felt for him.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care for the prompted questions for this particularly book. I feel like my answers aren't going to make you want to listen (or read) this book. But you really should. It was my favorite book that I read/listened to in 2013!

    I turned it on in the car as we were driving to an out of town doctor's appointment. I had my two teenage kids in the car with him. Initially, they groaned. Ugghhh, another one of mom's audio books! Within the first 20 minutes, we were all listening. We were laughing, and all really paying attention to the story.

    There are some controversial topics. Alcoholism is definitely discussed. Along with bullying, racism, etc. But these are topics that are occur in real life. The author narrates this story, and he does a good job. It's entertaining, thought provoking, sad at times, funny at times. It was an excellent book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Burton 05-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite audio book of all time!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book impressed me so much that it warrants my one and only Audible review. I listened to the audio version read by the author and it was PERFECT. Sherman made the story come alive and I felt like I was deeply involved with the characters. The main character faces major hardships (I cried a few times, not like me) but also has many great things that happen to him - a perfect combination of pathos and success. I am often annoyed by books with a hopeful and happy ending, not this time. The only thing that made me sad at the end the book was that the story was over. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the audiobook as well. TRUST ME.

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    CAS 05-11-13
    CAS 05-11-13
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    "Powerful and true"

    I taught and lived on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico for three years, so I am generally leery of "Native American" things. Often they are romanticized or dripping with guilt or excuse. Not this.

    This is the story of what a reservation is. Really. In full color.
    Do you want to know what it is like? Even today? This is what it's like.

    A great boon to the story is the fact that it is read by the author and sounds exactly correct. If you haven't spent a great deal of time around Native Americans--enough to be able to imagine the voices as they are while you read--reading the book in print will rob you of the full experience.

    The characacters are funny and sad and accurate. I have also never been to as many funerals as I attended while on the rez. I could tell you stories of such horror and desperation... and tell you of the beauty and the wonderful children. But my voice is not a Native voice. Why not do yourself a favor and just listen to Mr. Alexie instead?

    Mr. Alexie: Thank you for writing this. I'm glad you were able.

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    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 01-22-13
    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Highly Recommended"
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    Sherman Alexie narrates his own audiobook which makes the delivery of every humorous and poignant scene all the more touching. Wonderful laugh out loud moments juxtaposed with heart-wrenching, unflinching, tragic events.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-13-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Outstanding--must read"

    Alexie immediately grabs you with this story of Spokane tribal member and high school student Arnold Spirit, aka, Junior. Written in the first person, it is believable from the beginning and you think that Alexie is telling his own story.

    Taking place mostly over Junior's freshman year, this book is a coming of age story as Junior learns more about himself and the world around him. There are thought provoking subtexts of the nature of friendships, redemption, and choice.

    Some may be put off to the multiple references to masturbation, but this is a story about a 14 year old boy. With that warning, I think this book could, and maybe even should, be read by all 13+ year olds.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Goetzman ALLEGANY, NY USA 06-14-12
    Darlene Goetzman ALLEGANY, NY USA 06-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A fun and poignent listen!"

    The fourteen-year-old narrator, Jr./Arnold walks the line of identifying with and loving his culture while seeing its limits. Most listeners will feel the pain of separation and the joy of liberation in this coming of age tale.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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