Very engaging and well written. I have always been an Augusten Burroughs fan, so I really enjoyed the alternative perspective regarding their family and how different each brother's path was.
It was fascinating to understand the Asperger's syndrome
It was great
Great book I already recommended to many people
I think they are both great.. The audio version does give it a little more voice.
The inflection in his voice really helped you identify with the author. I have heard interviews with the author and Mark did a great job capturing Mr. Robison words.
This book really allows the reader into e complicated mind of aspergians. I really felt like I had a better understanding of the unique mind of a person with aspergers.
Buy this book. Read it and you will also want to share it.
John Elder Robison has not only told a story of his life, but has also provide a work of inspiration. The human will to survive and prosper was clearly represented in this tale of hardship, hilarity, rejection, and acceptance. This book is a must read.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
I've had this book in my wish list for quite some time and I finally made the decision to buy it. I was more than surprised when I started listening and low and behold one of my favorite authors, Augusten Burroughs, had written the forward. Augusten authored "Running with Scissors" a highly recommended memoir. I was even more surprised to find out that this book was written by his brother. Unlike his brother, John Robison lacked the talent to craft his story into a mesmerizing account of his childhood, but John's story was raw, entertaining, educational, and down right fun! I enjoyed it immensely. I would highly recommend listeniong to this book and the accounts of John Robison as he grows from a boy with Aspergers into a man that is nothing more than a genious. I would also recommend that you read "Running with Scissors" first. Only then could you truly understand the household that these boys grew up in and a perspective of childhood that few of us had to endure...luckily.
This book wasn't all bad - there are some humorous stories and interesting observations on what it's like to have Asbergers, but on the whole, I found it slow and boring. It's often repetitive, the majority of the stories aren't remarkable at all and author's sense of humor which often tries to be cute or clever, in my opinion, usually fails. Portions of the book are extremely profane, others parts of the book that talk about his family life are depressing without many, or any redeeming qualities.
This book is informative, entertaining and most of all feels honest. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in looking into the mind of an aspergian. I also believe those with loved ones that are diagnosed with aspergers could use this book to improve communication and understanding.
I've worked in mental health for almost a decade. That experience led me to research Aspergers in order to better serve clients. My research led to a Eureka moment where I realized I probably have been walking around undiagnosed. This book has helped me identify aspergian traits in myself and helped me better understand the successes and failures in my own life along with the dynamics of my interpersonal relationships.
John is a fantastic storyteller. He has helped me understand that most autistic people have some superhero skill and his happens to be taking risks and telling stories. He's a fascinating person with an amazing array of experiences both good and bad. He is honest, kind, and authentic. He opens up his world so everyone can understand how the daily life and inner workings of a person with autism spectrum disorder functions. His stories explain behaviors I never understood, such as defiance or dark humor, to be responses to situations I didn't know might be going on for my own children. I see my boys through his eyes and I see my own behavior as a child so much more clearly. every one of his books are wonderful. this one is no exception.
As a mother of a child with ASD I appreciate him putting himself out there. Funny, sad, and informative made for a wonderful book. I even had my son who is 11 listen to a part where he describes what it's like for him having conversations with others. My son looked at me and said, "that's exactly how I feel!"