High on my recommendation list from today onward. It seemed a bit slow-going & a tad confusing for the first minute or two, but I was quickly drawn in to listen whenever I had a few minutes to spare.
Written from the point-of-view of a 15-year-old boy with Aspergers, this is unlike any book I remember reading.
Jeff Woodman is spot-on with tone & inflection for all of the characters. I'll definitely look for more of his performances.
With Aspergers in our family, I found this book both emotionally moving & soberly realistic. Relating to people with Aspergers has to be on their terms. The greatest frustration is thinking you need to "change" or "fix" the person's perceptions (or that you CAN change them). The book deals with the tensions of parental love & understandable frustration in a sensitive way.
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.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
I loved this! The story was catching from the beginning, and the twist in the middle caught me totally off guard. I love the main character, & found myself reacting emotionally to some of the other characters as well. Great, easy read!
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.
I can't . . .funny different perspective somewhat tragic honesttoo many words. Sorry!
The way Christopher thinks.
Christopher's conversations are my favorite parts as he is so literal, and honest.
Christopher and his father are the two that dominate the story, but Christopher's teacher and friendly older neighbor are certainly memorable.
I found this book to be captivating. There isn't any one thing, just all of Christopher's thoughts and how he acknowledges his quirks so matter of factly, and everyone else's too, as just the way things are. I don't really know how to describe it . .fresh, funny,? yes, but tragic and sad . .family relationships and all the 'gray areas' of life . . anyway, worth a read.
That the book was from the character's story.
Christopher's adventures and what he did to overcome all of his fears and upsets. Getting on a train after sitting at the train station counting,thinking about all of his obstacles to overcome just to get to his mother whom he believed dead.
Just that Jeff seemed to be Christopher and understood him.
It is a must read book just because of the story.
This book was unlike any other book I have read. The book cover and title are very misleading. You would guess this to be an old-fashioned British mystery. It was actually very current. It was reminiscent of Room in that a young boy who did not completely understand the "civilized" world told the story throughout the book. I liked the way the narrator had such an unusual, and at times rather crude, way of expressing himself. The puzzle of trying to determine what aspect of daily life the autistic boy was referring to was a challenge at times. This, on top of the mesmerizing storyline and the quirky character of the boy, made for a charming and poignant story. I found myself wishing the story continued a little longer. The ending felt rather abrupt, although all the loose ends were tied up. I did find the audio narrator's voice rather abrasive during some parts of the book, but bearable.
The performance is fantastic, but be warned that this is not at all an unabridged recording, as it is missing a performance of the Appendix, containing the mathematical proof.
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I highly recommend this book because it will broaden your perspective.
When Christopher expresses himself.
Christopher is the most memorable character because he brings all the other characters alive.
Very good story to enjoy and to add to the