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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Carroll Narrator: Jim Carroll Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In his teens, Jim Carroll roamed the streets of New York, shooting baskets with some of New York's best playground stars, and shooting heroin with some of the city's most memorable street characters. The Basketball Diaries is his chronicle of those years. Written while in his teens, it is a literary tour-de-force and a stunning portrait of contemporary urban street life. The characters and incidents are moving and funny and sad, but always very real. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan Corbett | 1/29/2014

    " This book was ok.. I use to like it a ton, but I was weird than! This book is very depressing, though it is based on a true story but its just the same thing over and over and over again. I would recommend this to people who hate swearing and crude stuff, but if you're in the mood to read something from the real world, good luck! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 1/28/2014

    " I read this a long time ago so as with many of my ratings it may be different than what I would think of it now...it's on my shelf so when I'm bored I'll have to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 1/23/2014

    " One of my all-time favorite books. I regret losing the original copy I owned in 1980, after about 10 or so moves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 1/16/2014

    " urban classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 1/7/2014

    " Dark...dark but fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christabel | 1/3/2014

    " I don't remember much about this other than I was terribly bored about halfway through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eden | 1/3/2014

    " I picked this up because I saw the movie and let me tell you...this is an example of one of those rare occurrences...where the movie was better than the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity | 12/28/2013

    " This is an amazing book! The first 100 pages are better than the last but the ending sentence totally makes up for it. "I just want to be pure...". I've got to admit I started crying. "Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries" ORDERED. I can officially say, Jim Carroll is my writing inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan Taylor | 12/26/2013

    " The book was overall entertaining! the only problem i had with the book was trying to determine the age group all the names fit in to "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrey | 12/15/2013

    " for those who were or just want to know how it's to be a kid of the big city streets "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrie F | 12/7/2013

    " probably the first time in my life where i preferred the film "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ines | 12/3/2013

    " Absolutely hated!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 10/29/2013

    " A completely screwed up look into Jim Carroll's adolecescence. It was hard not to like this book, a street smart kid growing up in NY during the 60's fall's under the hook of heroin yet still has dreams and aspirations of poetry and basketball. Honest, ugly, and at times funny as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anderse | 10/4/2013

    " As weird as it might sound, I read this while I was in high school and it seemed like a window into what boys were like. I wasn't hanging around this exact type of boy at the time but it seemed like a view into the unknown nonetheless. I also recommend the movie a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Joy | 6/18/2013

    " Really liked the bare bones, slang. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 4/26/2013

    " Fascinating. Still one of the best memoirs on this period I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyssa | 3/25/2013

    " I saw Carroll read once. It was really great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/14/2012

    " Favorite book (after To Kill A Mockingbird). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/5/2012

    " Love him. I actually went to hear him read at a little bar in the East Village a while back. He read and then Ray Manzarek played the piano and sang. I felt like I fell into the 60s. It was an amazing night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 7/4/2012

    " Yet another book to make small town teens want to do drugs. This might be the first book I read about hustlers. Maybe not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 5/11/2012

    " for a book with such an exciting beginning, this sorta died towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Wald | 1/26/2012

    " Read it for my book group. It was probably more shocking when it came out. I am curious to see the movie now since it is really a collection of anecdotes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Elliott | 1/2/2012

    " I couldn't even finish this, and I have no morals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 11/18/2011

    " Brilliant. I love Jim Carroll. One of my greatest influences to this day when it comes to my writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 6/11/2011

    " i just don't see why people think he's an amazing writer. great story but if he wasn't all f'd up it wouldn't be good at all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 4/16/2011

    " Read it for my book group. It was probably more shocking when it came out. I am curious to see the movie now since it is really a collection of anecdotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 3/9/2011

    " Love him. I actually went to hear him read at a little bar in the East Village a while back. He read and then Ray Manzarek played the piano and sang. I felt like I fell into the 60s. It was an amazing night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonid | 2/21/2011

    " Saw the movie when I was a teen, but the book is mind-blowing. Really takes you back to the inner city in the 80's, early 90's. DiCaprio didn't do it justice in the film. Great entries, but tough topics! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 2/15/2011

    " I normally love books like this, but this one I just found to be pointless and boring. So glad that's over! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/5/2011

    " loved this book as a teenager and still love it as an adult 9/10 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 1/20/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books...I love Jim Carroll "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/6/2011

    " This is a good read but it left a dirty feeling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 12/6/2010

    " One of my all-time favorite books. I regret losing the original copy I owned in 1980, after about 10 or so moves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan | 11/16/2010

    " The book was overall entertaining! the only problem i had with the book was trying to determine the age group all the names fit in to "

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