A sometimes humorous, sometimes heart wrenching view of Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I think the heart of this book is more about Christopher's narration than the story itself. He tells his story in a very honest and endearing fashion.
The narrator's voice/accent is a bit odd at first, but easy to get used to. The quirkiness of his voice suits the character of Christopher very well.
Found this randomly. Looked kind of interesting. Turned out to be great. I was surprised at how this book got me to change my listening habbits. It was very unique, turly a great story.
Easily entertained and amused.
I loved everything about this book! I listened from start to finish, the entire 6 hours, uninterrupted.
I know people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The character of Christopher was so much like them that I felt I was actually able to peek in their minds and now everything about them makes sense to me.
Say something about yourself!
It was the amazing way the author helped me to understand how difficult life can be with for a teenager with aspergers.
The reading of the story was wonderful. Woodman used just enough emotion to keep the listener engaged, but he also was pretty true to how a person with asperger syndrome actually sounds. It made me relate so much ore to the character than I would if I was reading it in "my own voice". Amazing performance by Woodman!
No question about it... It was the 2nd train station.
Just a great book. I only bought it because it was on sale for something like $3, so I figured I'd buy it "just in case" I needed something to listen to. It turned out to be one of the best books I've found on Audible!
The idea of writing this mystery story from the point of view of an obviously autistic child is very intriguing. However, as an educator who works with children of all learning levels I find much of this stereotypical. Also, the plot leaves some to be desired, especially the somewhat rushed ending.
The story is fast pacing and from a kids view point of his world. Of course he is autistic and tries to solve his situation. It was a bad move of the father when he told his mother died of a heart attack. It was far from the truth and upsets his home and faith in his father.
No, it's not one I would listen to again as it was sad.
Christopher. His perspective on the world is what made the book interesting.
The story showcases the world as seen by Christopher. It's a unique perspective of the world from a unique mind that reminds us we should put ourselves in others shoes before assuming we understand their actions.
World's oldest living Jesus Freak
experiencing another's difference
Hearing Christopher describe how he perceives reality, how he experiences other people, and how he thought through the process of embarking on a journey unlike anything he had imagined before.
Having listened to it and NOT read it, I can't imagine that reading it would have been as impactful. Woodman's use of voice for Christopher and for each other person in the story was amazing. I truly believed I was hearing this 15 year old "special" young man share with me what was going on in his head and in his life.
Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.
Ever read a book and at the end don't know whether you enjoyed it or not. This book hooked me from the very start and while it was definitely different and I thoroughly enjoyed the change. Not for everyone, I would listen to the sample and read other reviews as I like strange and different. It also helped me understand the world of Asperger's affected people which is a real bonus.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
Admittedly, I had trouble staying with this book--I almost gave it up several times. Since it is written in the first person by a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome, there were a lot of ramblings--some on-topic, and a lot off-topic. That's where I had trouble hanging on.
The story is clever and unique--different from anything else I have read. And this book is well written and very well narrated. It clearly brings an awareness to this syndrome and how people deal with its effects.
It's hard to explain why I didn't especially enjoy it. I understand the ramblings and the math stats (which actually fascinated me--but I'm geeky like that!) are because the main character was who he was, but my mind was wandering constantly. I was pulled back in when he returned to the story. I guess the bottom line is, this book did not keep me engaged and entertained--sadly.