This book manages to weave together a family drama, a murder mystery and a pov experience into one simple story. Although the author never explicitly states that the narrator had Aspberger's is fairly obvious from his behaviour, thought pattern and I think it's also referenced via the parallels with Sherlock Holmes. It's a good book, the story moves along at a good clip and the performance softens the narrator in a positive way. I can imagine reading the book myself and picturing the young lad as much more robotic and one dimensional.
Atheistic author romanticizes autism and couches his social beliefs in the mind of a savant 15 year old boy.
One to remember
This novel has a main character as memorable as Harper Lee's Scout, and for the same reason. Honesty. Brutal, poignant, and often HILARIOUS honesty.
The reading of the story is perfect. The voice feels like it actually belongs to the character.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
I think I enjoyed the mix of Asperger with a 15 year old teenage boy's natural curiosity. How the adults dealt with it was at times comical. I LOL quite a few times.
This is the 2nd book in recent weeks that I have read that deals with Asperger's. I think that has something to do with my lack of connection. There is a fine line with balancing what the asperger character is thinking and how he interprets with the overall plot. While I find it really interesting to walk through how the character feels and relates to his surroundings, it can impede the overall story focus. In some ways I think that happened here. There were plenty of other character relationships that could have been developed a little more. Instead most of the book is descriptions of the asperger characters thoughts and interpretations. I read another popular book and in comparison they both used the same device to illustrate asperger issues. Doing this definitely adds interest and at times humor, but to much of anything is not good. And for that reason, I have to remove a few stars.
I enjoyed the first scene with Mrs Alexander.
No. I feel it would be more of the same.
Out of this world performance by Jeff Woodman. I am not sure if reading this book on paper would have done it the justice that Mr. Woodman did via his performance.
I have a new appreciation for those that interact with people that fall anywhere on the autism spectrum. The book is delightful. Our young detective wanna-be begins writing down his detecting to find who killed the neighbors dog, which turns into a book writing project which turns into a journey of self discovery. There are a plethora of subplots to which our little hero runs afoul and many situations he is ill equipped to deal with or understand, though he dutifully reports them to us in his book. For those that can't stand for the animals to be killed in their novels, the death of the neighbors dog was not a main theme but a motivation, and any interaction with the killing was in the first 30 seconds of the book. Don't let that stop you from reading this book!
I can't give a fair review because I didn't finish the book. I only listened for 20 minutes and decided it wasn't for me.