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Publisher's Summary

Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.
©1967 S.E. Hinton (P)1988 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"Taut with tension, filled with drama." (Chicago Tribune)

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the speakers voice ruins it

The story is a great story of course but the speaker's voice makes most of the characters sound like they're from the deep South... TwoBit, for instance, sounds like a drunken eeyore. Such slow speech and slow reaction they sound mentally disabled... a shame because most of the characters had never left the city and would not sound like that... The voice range isn't great either most characters sound like every other character.. except darry and the socs. He did well with then..must be a soc in real life?

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The Outsiders

I remember reading this book in school, many years ago - so when my son brought it home to read as english 8 homework, I decidied to download it one evening so that we could discuss it together after he finished reading it. It's a great story for many reasons - the class differences and similarities are very well detailed. The main character is very captivating in the book and is easy to lissen to as an audible book. It's hard to stop listening - luckily it's not a long book.

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Book deserves better reader

This moving book that has influenced generations of young people and moved thousands of their teachers and parents deserves a better reader.

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Great for a wide variety of ages

My fourteen year old son kept urging me to get this book after reading it in school. I initially got it simply to support and encourage his reading habit. The book grabbed me from the beginning and never bogged down. I recommend it to ALL teenagers and see no reason why any adult wouldn't like it as well. Great story, well narrated.

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Chapters DO NOT match.

Great audio book. However, I had the same problem as the previous reviewer. The chapters DO NOT MATCH. Chapter 4 begins half way through chapter three etc...Not good if you use in classroom where you have to select a specific chapter.

35 people found this helpful

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Favorite Classic

Would you listen to The Outsiders again? Why?

I listened to it with my lower 7th and 8th graders. The action and intensity of the narration and storyline kept them completely focused.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsiders?

The whole book is real and raw and transcends time.

9 people found this helpful

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Great "classic" story

What a great story. Stories should be told and passed down through generations. This is one of those that every human in any country in any language can relate to. Hinton tells this story very well. It's about growing up and dealing with some of the problems we all had.
This book should be on the "must read" list for every young person in our country.

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So Good!!!

Not much to say, this is one of the best stories ever. Great book, well read and will definitely listen to again.

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The perfect first listen

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

Fantastic,haunting,classic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsiders?

The story is short which in my opinion blends every moment together. A perfect listen.

Which character – as performed by Jim Fyfe – was your favorite?

Johnny and Soda: Because of their kindness.

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

A painful beauty

Any additional comments?

Not heard about this? Turn it on. Please.

11 people found this helpful

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A Classic!

A great movie and a great audio book as well. Loved the story and I especially loved the narrator as well. Two thumbs up and highly recommended to all who is or once was a teenager!

9 people found this helpful