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Publisher's Summary

What defines a family? That is the underlying question in the life of Pony Boy Curtis. When his parents die in a car wreck, he comes to depend on the love, friendship and support of his two older brothers and a gang of friends defined by poverty, bad attitudes and long greasy hair. The gang, called greasers, carry on a long-standing war with a group of rich kids, known as Socs, a fight fueled by ignorance and prejudice. An American coming-of-age classic, a story of friendship and social prejudice among a gang of friends.

©1967 © S.E. Hinton, 1967 (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16 years old, is as profound today as it was when it was first published in 1967." (Amazon.com)

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A heart moving tale

I liked the narration quite a bit, it felt like I was right there with the characters of the book.

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  • Book Lover
  • 13-05-20

a great teen book

this was a school assignment and we enjoyed it
telling the story of less fortunate kids

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  • anon
  • 20-11-16

wonderful story - excellent narration

The best audio book I've listened to in a long time. I love the film and was interested in hearing how the book differed. Actually the film is very true to the book with much of the same dialogue used. I was surprised to discover the book was written by a woman as she captures beautifully the thoughts and behaviours of young men and I could really visualise the characters and their different looks personalities and feelings. Despite being written years ago, the timeless thoughts and conflicts between different groups, friends, families is still very relatable. Reminded me slightly of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Excellent writing and narration I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-15

AWESOME

I loved it as much now as I did when I was 16. Thank you S E Hinton for writing this

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  • R McC
  • 01-02-21

Alright but the reader not the best

Alright but the reader is not the best I don’t like the extremely American accent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-20

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it was ok I just did this for school stuff lol it was fine k

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  • FENARETI
  • 03-10-20

it's a classic for a reason

Silent tears are streaming down my face because i finished the book on the bus to work. Some books have a special way of touching your heart. This book is so well written that you imidiatly get immersed into this world and never look back. These characters feel real. My love for them is immense. I hope more people start talking about this book and make it popular all over again.

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  • Arthur
  • 13-06-19

love the book and movie which need watch soon

listen to this most nights when I can't sleep. always works without fail so will keep this on here :)

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  • Lexx
  • 09-05-19

High school classic

really enjoyed the retelling of this story. reminded me of my high school years. just wish Tex ,also by SE Hinton was on audible.

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  • Oliver E Shearer
  • 18-01-19

Waves of nostalgia

So am I read this book in my third year of high school. I have nothing but fond memories of the characters and the story it was so nice to revisit it in this unique format I’m always hesitant to re-read books because I am scared that I won’t be able to recapture the magic the outsiders has are unique we getting on deerskin I highly recommend that people young and old give this book a try

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  • Katey Kooks
  • 16-08-18

An enjoyable classic!

This is a great little story that pulls you into the world of Socs and Greasers, and really brings all the characters alive. Jim Fyfe’s performance is perfect for the mid American setting, and he acts the different voices well. A very enjoyable listen!

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  • Mrs. Elizabeth A. Staddon
  • 17-07-18

great story

I enjoyed the story but I felt that the different caricatures should have different voices.

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  • Gerard
  • 21-09-17

Excellent

I read this book when I was 14 and just listened to it at 47 . Outstanding classic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-19

classic

loved it, like the paper copy i read so many years ago. My mother made me read it, and I argued with her about it. Can you believe that? Mothers know best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-19

A must listen!!!

Ever relatable story of the struggles of youth!
love the ways the introduction is seamlessly integrated into the conclusion.
A real masterpiece of modern writing. Thank you S.E. Hinton
The narrator is well chosen for telling this story Thank you Jim Fyfe

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  • Ruben
  • 08-11-18

Great book for a teen like myself

it wasn't the best sound quality but it's a great book to read. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-18

Amazing story

I have loved this story since I was in high school and was first introduced to Ponyboy Curtis. Also having watched the movie version I was able to picture the characters whilst listening to this story. I enjoyed this immensely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-18

The Outsiders

It was a book I did for book study In intermediate school we also got to watch the movie. I loved the book then and still love the book now.

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  • Katrina
  • 26-10-17

Stop! Read this book!

This is my absolute favourite classic. Ponyboy Curtis and his brothers live in your heart after you put it down. I think this is a book every young person should read (or listen to).

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  • Gene
  • 12-02-17

loved it all

just great and captureed everything beautiful. completely amazing book and author. described the world beautifully.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-21

A trip down memory Lane

Read this book in highschool nearly 20 years ago, I listened to it and the story was just as good as I remember, a quick, fun but drama packed story that's well worth the listen, and for older readers a fantastic reminder of our school days!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-20

Must Read

Resonated with me , very similar to my life. Brilliant . First read it as a school text, have read it 6 or my times since and just listened to it again, and probably will ano t her time in the future. Stay Gold.