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Speak

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Publisher's Summary

From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either; there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent, she must speak the truth.

In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.

©1999 Laurie Halse Anderson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    M. Daly Jackson, MI 06-29-17
    M. Daly Jackson, MI 06-29-17 Listener Since 2005
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    "Incredibly written and difficult story"

    I would suggest all young teens and pre-teens read this book with a group. It is incredibly well-written. I can picture the main character and all the events she describes. Sadly, the topic is one to which many children have been subjected.

    The realistic nature of the book may be difficult for some people to read. They may have experienced similar episodes. However, if it can help victims to speak or potential suspects to recognize the wrongness of their actions, then this book will have made a difference.

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    Jordyn 06-22-17
    Jordyn 06-22-17
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    "The voice could have more emotion."

    This book has been and always will be one of my favorites but the narration could have had more emotion. This is not an easy story for people to tell so the voice should make it feel that way.

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    Brandon G. 05-08-17
    Brandon G. 05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Part of Sophomore Curriculum"

    This reading was part of my Sophomore curriculum. The story was a nice listen and brought to light some touchy topics. My only gripe was the narrator as I didn't feel much enthusiasm or emotion as I would have expected from a novel such as this. Overall a good listen and great story.

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    Dee 04-05-17
    Dee 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but sad story "

    I felt like it was semi realistic from a teenager POV, both from the writer and the VA's performance. It seems more like a diary, with quick entries at times and short blurbs at others. It left me wondering where her parents were the night she came home unexpectedly. Sad that she went thru so much crap.

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    Leah Bryant 03-08-17
    Leah Bryant 03-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a Rollercoaster"

    I have never felt so close to a character before. the book went far beyond my expectations.

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    Chris 03-08-17
    Chris 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot of people think like this."

    Saw the movie of this my Freshman year, book is just as good. If you ever meet someone who has similar traits, be there for them. They need that more then anything.

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    MommiLaniW GARFIELD, NJ, United States 01-04-17
    MommiLaniW GARFIELD, NJ, United States 01-04-17 Member Since 2017

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    "An Amazing Teenage story for Adults"
    Where does Speak rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was captivating - it kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I longed to find out the truth, yet didn't want the story to end. It should be shared with teens and parents to ensure we are all aware of how we are viewed. It shared the importance of listening, hearing and truly understanding how differently we all communicate.


    What other book might you compare Speak to and why?

    Maya Angelou...many of her autobiographical stories are similar and express her pain and how it rendered her mute because of the power she believed her voice had. Unlike her, however is the way in which this main character struggled with her inability to SPEAK.


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

    No or I am not sure...the vocals were not always my favorite and at times I wished there was another reader. I would have preferred a more modern day teen.


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

    Reactions included: fear, tension, anger and at times joy...I loved the comic relief shared when describing her teachers, and the other adults in her life.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read...one that all should spend the time to appreciate and revisit when making assumptions or critical opinionated comments.

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    lola 12-06-16
    lola 12-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story"

    I really liked the store I know what's it feels like to go thru what she did not in the same way but in my own story. I just feel like the book was missing something like it just left me with question mark. But over all great book and the
    reader did a good job

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    lovelydyanna 10-31-16
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    "loved it"

    i loved it a lot like the way she read the story and stuff it was good

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    Ellen 10-29-16
    Ellen 10-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story of pain and healing"

    I would recommend this story to teens and adults. It is excellent, vivid and real.

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