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4.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 54.00003448038066 out of 5 4.00 (58,004 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherman Alexie Narrator: Sherman Alexie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. 

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a gem of a book…may be [Alexie’s] best work yet.”

    New York Times

  • “Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come.”

    USA Today

  • “Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor…Hilarious language.”


  • “Exceptionally good…Arnold is a wonderful character.”

    Miami Herald

  • “The teen’s determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race delivers a positive message in a low-key manner. Alexie’s tale of self-discovery is a first purchase for all libraries.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic—all at the same time.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally—and hilariously and triumphantly—bent in this novel.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Alexie’s humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience…Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here.” 


  • “The author’s rhythmic reading brings out the lyricism of his writing…Conversations are written with humor and verve and delivered with punch and enthusiasm. The author’s performance experience is clear in his pacing—from the slow, subdued style at a family funeral to the breakneck speed of a climactic basketball game. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion…Fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in.”


  • “Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad…Will stay with readers.”

    Kliatt (starred review) 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
  • Winner of the 2010 California Young Reader Medal
  • A 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Children’s Literature Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2008 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • Winner of the 2009 ALA Odyssey Award
  • Winner of the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A 2011 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by whitiny | 9/7/2016

    " Ever since I left the Rez I haven't heard the accent in a while. Hearing the book read in the same Accent I heard while living there was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 2/12/2014

    " Another book that puts me in the shoes of someone who lives in a different place than I have, but who is so much the same as me. I will never completely understand the experience of living as a native American in modern times, but this book shed some light for me. And it has great humor as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julia Southwick | 2/8/2014

    " Having grown up near the largest Indian reservation, I was entertained by the majority of the book, but it still really wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellie Black | 1/28/2014

    " What an inspiring book! Thanks to my son for making me read it! I recommend it to EVERYONE - young and old, male & female, rich or poor - EVERYONE! "

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