Darius the Great Is Not Okay Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.
Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award.
“Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.” (Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)
Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian - half, his mom’s side - and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.
Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush - the original Persian version of his name - and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.
Adib Khorram’s brilliant debut is for anyone who’s ever felt not good enough - then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 33 minutes|
|Narrator||Michael Levi Harris|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 28 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,937 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#32 in Teen Fiction on Depression & Mental Health
#39 in Fiction on Family for Teens
#208 in Romance for Teens
Reviewed in Canada on August 30, 2018
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I learned so much from this novel. About people and culture and myself. Following Darius’s growth was just so beautiful and heart wrenching. Closing this book after its last page left me feeling so warm and full and somehow hollow at the same time.
I’ve loved so many books in my life. I’ve never considered a book to be perfect until I found this one.
11/10. Darius has a special and huge place in my heart forever.
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The way his depression was dealt with really rang true for me; it was something I could identify with. Unlike the tea because, being (working class) British, tea comes in a teabag and is put in a mug, has boiling water added, is stewed for ages then milk and sugar (2 teaspoons please) added as required. 😉 Seriously though, the teas sound amazing.
I really enjoyed the glimpse into Iranian life. As the author says in his interview, we are fed Iran through the filter of a news channel and it is nice to see and understand the everyday lives of Iranians.
A really wonderfully written book that I highly recommend.