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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Jan 27, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobook, young-adult, odyssey-award
Read 2 times. Last read January 27, 2009.

This is a hard book to reread, because on one hand you're digging the audio version (read by the author) and thinking about how perfect it is to hear it in the right voice - inflections that wouldn't sound as natural coming from a non-Indian - and you're thinking about how hilarious the whole thing is, and looking forward to hearing certain funny bits read aloud. But on the other hand, you know about all the heartbreaking bits, too, and you're really dreading them, both because they're so hard to read and because you really can't start crying at work while you're listening on your ipod. It was tough, but I held it together.

The only downside to the audio version is that you miss the great cartoon illustrations from the print version - so take a peak at them and give it a listen, too. The story doesn't disappoint and neither does the reading. Alexie doesn't try to do voices or get over-dramatic, and that's perfect for the first-person narrative.

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Kitri How is the audio version? Does it earn it's Odyssey award?

Jess It's fabulous! I love Alexie's delivery - he doesn't try to do voices or anything fancy, but the funny parts are hilarious and the heartbreaking parts and still heartbreaking. I sped right through it.

Theresa Jess - what site are you using for downloading books to your ipod (itunes?) - and do you get a special rate? If not, what secret stocks have you invested in that are doing great while everything else is in the toilet??:)
Thanks for your great suggestions - we are now into Hunger Games as a read aloud in home room.

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