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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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Recommend with Slight Reservations

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. The stereotypes are yawn-producing. Cheerleaders=pretty & shallow; Jocks=stupid and etc. I'd like to see authors have the depth and creativity to defy stereotypes. After hearing the tired cliches, it takes me a minute to return to the story.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The difficult subject matter contained just enough detail without being too graphic or gratuitous. Effective use of metaphors with garden and tree project. It's a good story to read w/your teenage daughter and have discussions about the scary topics of rape and depression.

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

No, have not.

Was Speak worth the listening time?

Yes. It was a solid read for a YA novel. I would recommend with only slight reservations. I enjoyed the narrator's performance.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Well worth the purchase

The audiobook accurately reflects the angst, power and pain that the books brings forth. The reader of the books convinces you that she is Melinda and is in the process of experiencing all that the character she is portraying is feeling. I used this audiobook as an instructional tool and my students loved it.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Erin
  • Apollo, PA, USA
  • 01-29-10

Hearing is Seeing "Speak"

I loved reading the book, but hearing the book read was like seeing Melinda's story take on a whole new image in my brain. I could see the story play out like a movie and it was better than anything I've seen or heard related to this story.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Speak was about a tramatized teen learning to talk

I loved it, simply loved it. The Narrator was very Descriprive and the Story was very Inspirational

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • 02-21-10

A Great Reading

Mandy Siegfried read this story well. I'm a new fan.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • SurreyUnited Kingdom
  • 05-17-08

Fantastic audio book for 15+

I have listened to several hundred audiobooks and this was on of the best I had heard. I listened to this on holiday and it was so good I finished listening within two days.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The book is fun, witty and moves quick. It's a very short listen, but seemed to be the appropriate length to develop the main character and the story. The narration is very good.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • DMS
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-26-10


The girl they have reading this book is awesome. She captures the character brilliantly. I really felt like I was listening to someone pour out their heart and soul, and was in tears at certain parts.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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loved it

If you could sum up Speak in three words, what would they be?

it is vary deep and will tell people that you should do things on your own

Which scene was your favorite?

they are all good

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

for all of the people that have gone through this

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Absolutely phenomenal.

Heartbreaking and captivating. A totally uncompromising look into trauma, rape, and bullying. Everyone should read this.