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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton @se4realhinton @LLAudiobooks

TITLE: The Outsiders
AUTHOR: S.E. Hinton
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: July 22, 2004 (first published 1967)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 5 hrs and 12 mins
GENRE: Classics, Young Adult
ISBN: 9780739345177
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.


I previously read this book in high school for a novel study in ELA. I don't often do re-reads but, since I read this one so long ago, I requested the audiobook when I saw it on my library's Overdrive.

The Curtis boys are orphans. Their parents were killed in a car accident, leaving the oldest son Darry (20 years old) to take care of his younger brothers (16 year old Soda and 14 year old Ponyboy). The Curtis' and their friends are known as Greasers, with their slicked back longer hair. They are lower class to the Socs or Socialites, who are the rich kids.

One evening, Ponyboy is walking home from a movie when he gets jumped by a group of Socs. His brothers and friends come to his rescue, scaring off the Socs. The following evening, Ponyboy returns to the movie theatre with a couple of his buddies. They meet some girls, who are Socs. While walking the girls home, they run into the girls' boyfriends who want to pick a fight with the boys. The next night, the Socs get their chance to get back at Ponyboy and Johnny. When Johnny kills one of the Socs in self-defense, the Socs vow to get their revenge and Johnny and Ponyboy have to go into hiding.

This classic truly transcends time. The gang issues and social class differences are just as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

Jim Fyfe's narration was excellent! He brought these boys to life, and I enjoyed the story on audio even more than I did reading it as a teenager. Here is a sample of the narration:


5 stars!! It was superb, and you should definitely put it on your TBR!

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