Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Audiobook CD - 2007
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When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing cassette tapes of thirteen episodes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, p2007
ISBN: 9780739356500
073935650X
Branch Call Number: YA FIC FBCD Asher 6939
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr., 25 min.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
Additional Contributors: Johnstone, Joel
Wiseman, Debra
Alternative Title: 13 reasons why [book on cd]

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Daj_O
Oct 31, 2017

After a few chapters, I returned this whiny book of a girl who kills herself and then blackmails people to listen to her complaints about them. How realistic is it that teenage boys and girls will listen to tapes from a dead girl complaining about how they "done her wrong"?

Extremely unrealistic and all the whining is irritating.

shokolit Aug 09, 2017

I have listened to the audio-book. So I have 2 reviews, one for the story and one for the audio-book.
The book was good. Very difficult in some parts, because it is a tragic story (unfortunately, one that repeats itself in different versions too many times :-( in real life ), but very well written. I think this book should be read by both parents of teens and teenagers. It should be a must read in high-schools (maybe middle schools as well).

The audio book was just so very very well done. Hanna and Clay's parts were read by a female and male actors, who were just amazing. The fact that the whole story is narrated in first person, added a depth to the audio-book. I strongly recommend listening to it. I listen to many audio books, while commuting, and this one is the best I've ever "read".

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jandt_mcmurray
Jun 19, 2017

This teenage girl has seen a few bumps in the road, but what girl hasn't, right? Sadly, there are some that are less equipped to handle the bumps. Such is the case for Hannah Baker. Outwardly, she's your average, attractive, smart high school student. But inside? Inside she's slowing dying. Was it a major event that threw her over the edge? Did she think that nobody loved her? Did she think she was so ugly that she was beyond the desire of any suitor? Not really. In the case of Hannah Baker, it seems she struggled with the same issues that many high school students deal with. But instead of looking for some method of dealing with them or REALLY seeking help from someone else, she chose to give up & ultimately call it quits on life. In the wake of her death, she leaves an explanation of sorts for those 13 people that "made" her choose death. If the truth behind some of Hannah's "secrets from the grave" left the circle of 13 people, some of the 13 people's lives would never be the same. Just by being a part of a person's reason to kill themselves has left them different people. What now?

I struggled to formulate an opinion on this one due to the theme of the book. I really struggle with people that choose suicide as a way to respond to issues in life. One of the positive things I took away from this story was the reminder that we should always be on the lookout for people in need. We should never put off the opportunity to show genuine, unconditional love to everyone around us. You may never know what that person was thinking before you reached out to them with that simple act of kindness. Although I sympathize with their feelings of loneliness & despair, I believe there is always a way up & out of every situation. I believe the bigger victims of suicide are the loved ones that are left behind to live the rest of their lives asking themselves questions that they will never get the answer to. The person may feel that ending their life is the answer to their problems, but what is the solution for the sorrow of the mother & father that lost their son/daughter? The spouse that went from being part of a "duet" to a "solo act"? So many thoughts on this one, but not enough time or space to put them here. This is a book that you just need to read for yourself & formulate your own ideas.

Age recommendation: 14 & up (contains high school-themed issues, suicide, & occasional profanity)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

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GusAndAbe
Jun 14, 2017

This book held my attention. I like how the narrators, Joel Johnstone and Debra Wiseman, portrayed the characters of Clay and Hannah. Although this book covers a serious topic it does so in an insightful way. The ending leaves you feeling hopeful that everything will be alright with Skye.

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firefly5
May 25, 2017

I was listening to the first disk and it suddenly stopped. I could not find a reason. It was due at the library so I took it back. I might request this a second time.

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mliz84321
Apr 22, 2017

I just finished the audiobook and the narrators did a fantastic job. Audiobook was the way to go with this as it feels like you are listening along with Clay. This was a dramatic and sad story however it was very captivating. The author did a fantastic job of writing this story.

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mogie
Mar 24, 2017

I thought this book was creatively written. I like how it flipped back and forth between Clay and Hannah. It makes it ideal for an audiobook. The actual story itself I would have given a 3 but I truly liked the writing style. I'm not sure that I'm sold on reading anymore books by the author and it's a DEFINITE young adult book tapping into the deep feelings of youth at this point in their life. It's a great book to make people stop and think.

kirstd31 Jan 26, 2016

I liked listening because it is narrated by Hannah and Clay. This books seems like it is full of really bad decisions. I would not recommend this novel.

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jennab4
Feb 18, 2015

I liked the idea of the book and the message. It was thought provoking and sad.

The narrator's voice for Hannah Baker got on my nerves.

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indigo_rabbit_82
Aug 26, 2014

This book is amazing I love and you can go on YouTube to listen to the tapes

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jandt_mcmurray
Jun 19, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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