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4.001100110011 out of 54.001100110011 out of 54.001100110011 out of 54.001100110011 out of 54.001100110011 out of 5 4.00 (909 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. E. Hinton Narrator: S. E. Hinton, Jim Fyfe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781400085323
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A heroic story of friendship and belonging.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Outsiders transformed young adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players, and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world.”

    New York Times

  • “Taut with tension, filled with drama.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[A] classic coming-of-age book.”

    Philadelphia Daily News

  • “What it’s like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance…There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too.”

    National Observer

  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Lampinen | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book! We read it in 8th grade, two years ago! I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Honeck | 2/16/2014

    " I think that this book was a very descriptive. It is a good story. I recommend it to everybody. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 victorAC3 | 2/12/2014

    " i think that this is a really good read. it really shows how the narrator really feels. to my knolege i feel like the narrator was describing him self in the book. its about a young boy that grew in in the ghetto. and how he was put in a gang. the book describe the events that he enduered wial he was in the gang "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 2/8/2014

    " okay book i would recommend this book to people who are having problems in school. but it was an okay book. "

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

    " Read this in high school, never forgot it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aolani Clift | 1/23/2014

    " The outsiders is a book about a group of people that don't fit in. Also known as Greasers. Them and the Soc's always get into big fights and rumbles. The main character, PonyBoy, lost his parents in a car accident and lives with his older brothers. The gang is his family and they all protect each other. His oldest brother, Darry, gets on Pony's nerves all the time because Pony thinks Darry hates him. During the story, Pony and his best friend, Johnny, get jumped and Johnny is forced to kill one of the Soc's to be able to live. They leave town and get their things together. While they are with Dally one day, their church that they were staying at is on fire. Many kids were stuck inside, but Johnny, Dally, and PonyBoy work together to get them out. At the last moment Johnny get hit and they have to go to the hospital. Eventually Johnny died and told him to stay gold. Dally can't handle it and wants to be with Johnny so he makes the cops kill him. Later they have the rumble and win. But PonyBoy learns about the Soc's more. He learns that under their nice clothes and hidden weapons, they are people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Novinte | 12/24/2013

    " Well of course I was introduced to The Outsiders through school for required reading. In the beginning of the book I didn't really know what to expect. When Ponyboy got jumped I felt sorry for him and instantly hated the Socs. I think that the outsiders was a very touching and interesting book. You never really knew what was going to happen. Like, I didn't expect Dally to die. I men I was crying half of the time while reading the book. I think it's awesome that S.E. Hinton wrote the Outsiders when she was only like 15/16. I guess my favorite character was Ponyboy because he was different than all the other greasers. He was smarter, deeper and more sensitive. Although he did cry a lot, I was kinda expecting him to be a bit tougher. The outsiders was very accurate to what teens might have gone through 40 years ago and I found it very interesting. The theme of the book was basically that no matter who you are everyone has problems. I wish Dally and Johnny didn't die but I guess that's what made the book better. This was definitely an amazing books for teenagers to read. It's not just about hoodlums beating up preps, it's much deeper. The outsiders has all the ideas of family, friendship and real life issues while still managing to be funny and entertaining yet sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jjbrod | 12/24/2013

    " i think there was to much drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Chandrasekhar | 12/16/2013

    " The Outsiders was a very emotionally story, much like the Walking Dead. Except for the fact that there are no zombies. Now wouldn't that make an interesting plot twist? Johnny, Dally, and Bob, coming back from there fateful deaths to eat away at the living. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 12/11/2013

    " one of the best books I read in school. true classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Billings | 12/9/2013

    " I loved this book and movie when I was a teenager. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 11/24/2013

    " One of the few books I have read twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 10/17/2013

    " LOVED this book. I just really liked the whole greasers vs. preps thing. The characters are amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Goodman | 9/17/2013

    " More than just a book written by a teen about teens... An inside look at societal stereotypes internalized and the causes/ effects of playing or not playing the part. What you choose, matters! Especially when you choose not to play! Choose to be! ~STAINism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 7/2/2013

    " Didn't think I would like it. Finished it in 2 days. Loved It <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Gottshalk | 5/31/2013

    " Grateful I discovered S.E. Hinton before Hollywood did. I created a visual for each of these characters purely from her descriptions and characterizations. I wasn't completely shocked with the movie's picks, but nothing replaced the boys in my head. My Outsiders are still personal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Chater | 4/9/2013

    " Outstanding children's literature. It's simplistic style reflects the age S E Hinton was when she wrote it. It shouldn't work as well as it does, but for years it was my "go to" book. Every young person should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Leadbetter | 2/1/2013

    " This was a Great book! I loved it! I recommed this book, to every one! I read this book in 5th grade! I enjoyed reading this book again!(: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uchelk | 8/3/2012

    " i read this book in 8th grade and i just fell in love with ponyboy. it made me understand boys more... boys from the 60's! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloë | 5/22/2012

    " i started reading this book because of required summer reading, and I loved it! I laughed, I cried, the whole routine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kady | 4/20/2012

    " Engaging, suspenseful, tear-jerking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/11/2012

    " The most incredible book i have read in a while. I read it in a few hours and loved every minute of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 9/13/2011

    " This was AMAZING! I love the greasers, and the Socs. The characters are AWESOME! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fdp Erasmus | 9/9/2011

    " Nostalgia! Read this in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/14/2011

    " i loved this book sadly i cried in more than one spot in this book....i loved everything about couldnt really find a thing i didnt like about it...LOVED IT!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 5/23/2011

    " this book was far out amazing, i couldnt stop reading once i started.. its just good throughout the whole book Great work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 5/23/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all times!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *Rayne - The HeartBreaker* | 5/22/2011

    " Favourite book of all time!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " Another all time favorite that I used to read every year. I first read it in high school. Another book I think everyone should read as it represents many people's attitudes about people based on outside appearances & how misleading this can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larissa | 5/22/2011

    " I read this for year 8 English and it helped me fall in love with picking apart and dissecting books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/22/2011

    " I loved this book as a child! I was lucky enough to be picked by our library system to meet S.E. Hinton at a book signing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisyn | 5/21/2011

    " Wow. This was an amazing story. The whole time it felt I was the main character...it was captivating. It's truly inspirational and has a great message: "Things are rough all over" Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/21/2011

    " it was really good. no really it really was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ritarose | 5/21/2011

    " Decided to re-read this after reading the Rob Lowe interview in Vanity Fair - it really stands up to time. Still amazing to think she wrote this as a 16 year old "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lakyn | 5/19/2011

    " "The Outsiders" was a good book. The author of this book is S.E. Hinton. The Genre of this book is suspense. This book is worth 7 points, and this book is probably intended for people 12 and above.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " A book from my childhood - it brings back many happy memories of reading it at school in my English Lit class! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick.707 | 5/16/2011

    " so far its good and the main character likes to explain himself. "

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About the Author
S. E. Hinton is the recipient of the American Library Association's first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors "whose books have provided young adults with a window through which they can view their world and which will help them to grown and to understand themselves and their role in society."
About the Narrator

Jim Fyfe was born as James Michael Fyfe. He is an actor and writer, known for The Frighteners, Moonlight Mile, and Earth to Kids: A Guide to Products for a Healthy Planet. He was previously married to Leslie Klein.