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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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    Loved the style and the personal stories. His narration was the icing on the cake.

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    Shirley Mckay 03-18-16
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    "An amazing story by an amazing man."

    My daughter, as a grad student, interviewed Sherman Alexi for her Masters project. She was so impressed with his kindness, his talent, and most of all, his spirit. I had heard her speak of him so often, and she recommended that I read his book. I love audio books, so I can work on other things while listening, and I have to admit I binge-listened all day, to this book. Loved every minute. He tells his story with humor, even though we, as the listener, can feel the sadness coming through. Even through all his many trials, he has managed to keep looking forward. I admire him.

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    Krystal Irby 03-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"

    I loved listening to this book! I could definitely listen to it again! It is so cool to hear it straight from the author!

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    S. Dunlap 02-28-16
    S. Dunlap 02-28-16
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    "Great read!"

    I loved this book. It humorously and touchingly points out the struggles Arnold has growing up on a reservation near Spokane, and then transferring to a white school in ninth grade.

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    Sandra M. Williams lincoln, ne 02-17-16
    Sandra M. Williams lincoln, ne 02-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Why did I wait so long?"

    I absolutely loved this book and have devoured it twice in my studio after purchasing it a week ago. I love the narrator and the story is an impeccable roller coaster. It will have you laughing and crying within minutes of each other. Why did I wait so long to read Sherman Alexie? Why didn't I just do it sooner?
    The narrator is wonderful too, I could listen to him forever.

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    Kenneth 02-16-16
    Kenneth 02-16-16
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    "Below Average and Not Worth Time or Money"

    How is it that the most mediocre and sub-par books are the kind that always end up in education?
    If you don't HAVE to read this for school, there is NO reason to ever waste time reading, let alone waste money buying, this book.
    I don't know who these authors have to blow to get the cash flow of getting there books into education, but I can guarantee this book isn't being taught for it's merit.
    This novel is either crude and unintelligent and constantly switches between the two. It's impossible to identify a moral or theme in this novel. It switches between having and not having meaning. Nothing feels consistent. If I were to describe it perfectly, this novel is absurd.
    This novels only redeeming value is its occasional expression of the protagonists individualism in a world governed by the idea of "race".
    I thoroughly DO NOT RECOMMEND.

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    Pen Name 02-15-16
    Pen Name 02-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "absolutely unforgettable story"

    I couldn't stop thinking about the story and the character. makes you look at life on the reservation from their view, it was unforgettable, funny and serious altogether. I loved it, fell in love with the characters and relationships and will probably buy a physical copy to keep around the house for another read.

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    Ashleigh 02-11-16
    Ashleigh 02-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good story."

    It was a very interesting insight to life on an Indian Reservation. Heartbreaking but beautiful.

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    Mei Calgary, Alberta Canada 02-11-16
    Mei Calgary, Alberta Canada 02-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bought this on a whim and really enjoyed it!"

    I'm an adult that enjoys the occasional YA novel. This story was sweet, funny, and sad - the first book I've read about modern life on a reserve. Would definitely recommend it to others.

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    lynda smith w. hartford, ct. USA 02-07-16
    lynda smith w. hartford, ct. USA 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "listen before you buy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    if you can handle more than 1/2 hour of the narration, you are a better person than I


    How could the performance have been better?

    not in the first person


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wanted to scream


    Any additional comments?

    no

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