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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781400090372
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Luther T. Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.

As his best friend Sparky says, “Flint’s nothing but the Titanic.”

And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, “Take my advice and stay off the sucker path.”

The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes. Luther’s just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge’s Evil Empire—but he’s about to bust out.

If Luther wins the science fair this year, he’ll be on track for college and a future as America’s best-known and best-loved philosopher. All he’s got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick, the beautiful daughter of Flint’s finest undertaker—and the love of Luther’s life.

Sparky’s escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the world’s scariest rat. Oh, and Luther. Add to the mix Chester X., Luther’s mysterious roommate; Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE’M ALL; and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge’s go-to guy who knows how to break all the rules.

Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell. Once again the Newbery Award–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters. Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the way.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Cilibraise | 2/3/2014

    " I gave this 4 stars for making me lol - the protagonist has the sense of humor of a survivor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnaBnana | 2/2/2014

    " Funny, funny, funny. This book really made me laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 1/31/2014

    " Social justice in a hilarious, unexpected way. This is a great book by a great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana C. | 1/25/2014

    " More modern than Bud, Not Buddy. Sometimes a child will see a parent as a person apart from being "Mom" or "Dad" and be disappointed. In this novel a son has to decide if what he knows is right is more important than his loyalty to his mother. Christopher Paul Curtis is great at writing realistic characters. I left this book wanting to send the boy money for college! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 1/21/2014

    " I pretty much love anything that Christoher Paul Curtis does! Funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam L | 1/20/2014

    " Super light-hearted and laugh out loud funny at time but not shallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/20/2014

    " Luther, a motivated student who works for his slumlord mother, attempts to help those under her rule while breaking free of it himself. Although this is a book for teens, Curtis does more to expose the corruption in Flint that Michael Moore has in any of his films. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaundell | 1/16/2014

    " I usually love Christopher Paul Curtis' work; however, I didnt' enjoy this book. Didn't like the Sarge and didn't care for her child's actions. I look forward to more impressive work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim DeFrange | 12/25/2013

    " I didn't like the title until I learned that the Sarge is the kid's mother. this is a really original story line and it is so satisfying to see how it turns out. A very good story and it's not about white guys like so many others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse83 | 12/5/2013

    " After learning that his mother, the Sarge, has made money from shady transactions, Luther has to decide by which philosophy he will live his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LauraW | 12/5/2013

    " Although I own the print edition of this book, I got the audio version from the library and really enjoyed it. The narrator has a perfectly understated voice for the main character. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 3/2/2013

    " Funny and very real. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emile Janse | 9/4/2012

    " I was excited to read it as the story sounded interesting but in general it was a very slow read. The only 2 parts about it I can remember to this day are when he breaks a block of somehting to sue taco bell and when he screws over his mom "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/18/2012

    " I love this author! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - very humorous and I loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/16/2011

    " wickedly funny!! the offbeat humor and shenanigans of Luther T. Farrell and his best friend Sparky will probably make you laugh out loud. the story focuses on Luther's plans to escape Flint, MI and his mom who he calls the Sarge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessicat | 10/17/2011

    " So full of life. I love how this reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/28/2011

    " An interesting story about the life of a black, inner-city youth living in Flint, Michigan. The first-person narration is brilliant and the characters intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 9/4/2011

    " enjoying the YA audio book...the reader is awesome and really brings this story to life. Probably not always appropriate when the 'under teen' set is around...main character is a 15 year old 'philosopher' guy in Flint, MI...mom is essentially a slum lord. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elissa | 8/15/2011

    " Funny, but not my favorite Curtis title. His first YA novel, and I hope he writes more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/20/2011

    " My second time reading this one. very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather T. | 3/13/2011

    " This went from being a "just ok" book to making me cheer and imagine Luther doing the mark of Zorro. Awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 2/14/2011

    " Luther is 15. Hhe works for his mother "the Sarge" as a group home leader. This story takes place in Flint, MI, Luther is controlled by his mother and her business of schemes & ripoff's. Until he is pushed to the edge and "Buck the Sarge" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimmie G | 1/24/2011

    " I love Christopher Paul Curtis anyway and it was great to "hear" (I listened to it) a Teen offering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imani | 1/19/2011

    " Bucking The Sarge was a book that I found hard to fully understand. The plot was good, the themes were cool but I just didn't click with the book as much as I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/2/2010

    " I love Christopher Paul Curtis. Also, this audiobook is read by one of my favorite characters from Spin City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Deering | 6/18/2010

    " Well written, but drags sometimes... I would be curious to see how my students enjoy it. I know Janet Allen loves to use it a novel to teach in class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/12/2010

    " enjoying the YA audio book...the reader is awesome and really brings this story to life. Probably not always appropriate when the 'under teen' set is around...main character is a 15 year old 'philosopher' guy in Flint, MI...mom is essentially a slum lord. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

About the Narrator

Michael Boatman is an Image Award–nominated actor and writer who is best known for his roles in the television series China BeachSpin City, and Arliss. He has also appeared in the major motion pictures The Peacemaker and Hamburger Hill. His audiobook narration has garnered seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earned him the prestigious Audie Award in 2008 and 2010.