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The Basketball Diaries

Narrated by: Jim Carroll
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1963 -1978 by Jim Carroll (P)1994 by Audio Literature

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"At thirteen, Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89 percent of the novelists working today." (Jack Kerouac)

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  • Customer138
  • 16-09-2019

Revieq

I generally enjoyed listening to this book. This is a general statement to meet requirements that don't allow for a simple star rating.

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  • Joseph S.
  • 07-04-2019

very raw and original.

this is a one of a kind story. some people may be uncomfortable with the content of the story and I'd argue those same people are uncomfortable with the truth. this is a real depiction of a place a time for a person of a certain age. well narrated, I enjoyed the plain honesty in this story.

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  • G. Fazio
  • 14-12-2018

Jim reads Jim

Carroll really has a knack for bringing out the humor and poetry in his work so even if you’ve read the book, it’s worth it to hear it in his own voice. Still makes me laugh after all these years, though I imagine it isn’t too politically correct nowadays. That’s OK it wasn’t then either.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2018

Classic

Beautiful book and it's nice to hear Jim read it. Classic coming of age story.

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  • Dave W. Simms
  • 18-11-2017

Relevancy and How!

A new way to read Basketball Diaries. Life lived with the author narrative emotional story.

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  • Jonathon Horel
  • 02-09-2017

I only wish there was more.

Jim Carroll has a unique voice filled with unexpected musicality and dissonance, perfectly suited to his writing. I have read the Basketball Diaries before, as well as his poetry and other writings. Hearing it in his own voice is always an unexpected treat. I only wish more of his work and readings could be found on Audible, or even this book in an unabridged form.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-04-2016

Not My Type Of Story

Just not the type of story I usually enjoy. Interesting though and the way it was read seemed to match up nicely.

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  • atxmusicgirl
  • 12-02-2015

Jim Carroll is a punk poet legend.

I am very happy to hear his unique voice.i was lucky to see him in person and miss his writing

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  • steve
  • 28-02-2010

A better movie....

The audiobook has some good parts and there were two in particular that I most certainly enjoyed and wouldn't even have known about had I not decided to listen to the book. BUT with that said, the ending is bad compared to that of the movei - and overall, I found the narrator's voice to be a tad annoying. (Guess DiCaprio plays him better than he does?)

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