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.
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!"
While I thought this memoir was well-done, it felt a little bifurcated for me. There are the parts of the memoir that deal with how the author sees the world and interacts with it through the prism of having Asperger's - those parts are illuminating and unique and absolutely fascinating. Hearing directly from the author about what he finds frustrating about "normal" people, about the hypocrisy of the majority of social interaction, and about how it felt to finally be diagnosed at age 40 are worth reading the entire memoir and would have garnered the book 4 or 5 stars. The remainder of the memoir follows every day activities, his career, etc. It isn't that these parts are completely wasted, but that they are not as engrossing as the other half. I can see why they are necessary as this is a memoir and no person is solely defined by any one aspect of their life; moreover, they prove that a normal and fulfilling life can be crafted even where you might differ from the majority. But these parts did not have the same force and impact as the other parts. Overall, the book is worth the time and I look forward to reading his most recent book, which covers some treatments he received in an attempt to gain a fuller emotional life.
narrator was accelent! Reading this memoir gives you a better idea how a pepson with Asperger's might perceive this world, his struggles making connection with other people and accel people skills as he got older as a will as his unique gifts and talants. Great memoir!!