It felt genuine, and the narrator was amazing.
He really brings out the puzzlement of the main character. You can feel the gears turning.
I was so drawn into the young man's world that I could not stop. I stayed awake most of the night listening to the story. And considering that I start work at 6:30am... I just had to know if he would succeed or fail. The obstacles that the author put in his path are realistic and the solutions creative.
Only twice before in my life have I stayed up all night to finish a book. Gone with the Wind when I was a teenager and The Foundation in my late 30's. So this book is in good company. Enders Game might have been added to this list if I had not started it so early in the day. Each book is very different and each brought a special gift to my life.
Actually I felt very happy that his teacher (whose name I forget) was in his life. Sweet gentle encouraging woman.
A heroic story, full of bravery under mind numbing circumstances.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It made me understand the rationale for the behavioral characteristics of Asperger's Disease. The book is written very understandably and one can actually empathize with Christopher. I am looking forward to seeing the play which has been running to rave reviews in London.
It is one of the best
His going to London on his own, hiding in the restroom.
Beautifully read and the author really helped me have some awareness of the tremendous difficulties those with autism have, also those close to them.
I am the Director of Learning Centers and an English teacher, a mother of four, a fledgling writer, & an avid reader of almost every genre.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet, and spoiler FREE - I was assigned this as required reading for a graduate course, and fully expected to hate it, as I assumed it would be reminiscent of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, one of my least favorite books of all time. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a well-written, intriguing, engaging, and very REAL story. I work with learning disabled teens and adults on a daily basis, and Christopher is as real as they come. Unlike the unbelievable and awful Holden, Christopher truly comes to life in this story, thanks to both wonderful storytelling and great narration. The characters are fully developed, the writing style is smooth and three-dimensional, and the story is engaging and adept. I highly recommend this book.
Christopher, because I loved his descriptions of things, people, events, happenings in his life.
Too many to list.
I liked that the story was told from the point of view of Christopher. I feel this will give people some insight as to how someone with autism or aspergers views and experiences the world.
Yes. I am sure there are subtleties I missed the first time.
"Flowers for Algernon". The protagonist in both books are both mentally impaired and the author is sympathetic.
Mark Haddon appears to have observed people with this mental affliction and the people who care for them deeply and in depth and has brought his understanding to his readers. I liked the dog, too, although he had only a small part.
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't listen for very long. The vulgar language was too offensive. I would not recommend this book for that reason. I listened beyond the initial foul language hoping that was it, but it wasn't. If I had known about the foul language, I would have avoided the book. I wasted my money.
Absolutely. We should never judge another until we walk a mile in their shoes. This story takes you on a walk you will never forget.