I found multiple recommendations in various places for this book. Perhaps it's better if you read it, but I found it incredibly dull. In fact, I tried many times to just "get through it" but in the end couldn't finish it and just gave up. The reader was so monotone, probably trying to relay the nature of the autistic narrator; however, I found myself unable to stay focused. The story itself wasn't thrilling either, although, like I said, I didn't get all the way through.
The author of this book has a lot of unique devices going, but in the end I found them too tiring to continue. Told through a fifteen year old boy who has problems communicating or understanding the world around him; after a while you just want to hear the story, not the distracting point of view.
Yes, I would change a lot. This book is hard to read/listen. It seems to me I might have not appreciated it as other listeners, but it felt slow and very boring. I kept waiting for something to happen nothing really comes.
I dont know, I would have to check many reviews and see what the book is about before investing my time in listening other of his stories.
Repetitive, noisy, slow
Nothing, I was really hoping it ends when I found out that the book was gonna end without anything happening.
I would not buy this book. If you either like action or suspense or happy or well developed stories, this might not be the book for you
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
What happened to chapter 1, it threw me for a few chapters until I realized it had specific meaning later. I love looking at everything with a literal eye and how the meaning of things change from minute to minute. Obviously this is fiction but there are instances / mannerisms that are described in vivid detail that makes the listener feel like they are in Christopher's shoes. Life in Christopher shoes is very difficult, stuff the normal person takes for granted is something that is can be a huge obstacle for Christopher. Annoying narration, British accent drove me up the wall, he sounded whinny. Overall I enjoyed the book and had picked it up for my sister who has a child with a cognitive disorder, although that is different from Asperger's I did see some similarities with both.
This was one of my favorite audio books right up until the end. I feel its energy and suspense just fell apart and ended in a sappy pool of family values; blah.
I tried to engage in the characters and story of this book.because I wanted it to be a book that helps the understanding of people with Autism. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen. The extreme details and repeating of the side story of the main character's distorted thinking was just too burdensome to be able to enjoy the plot. Also the way the story presented this it became obvious that the author was presenting this distorted black and white reality as truth, especially the ideas about religion and God. It became so boring and repetitive that I just couldn't finish it, even though I really did want to know the ending.
The recording starts at Chapter 2, then skips from 3 to 5. It might be a great book and a wonderful performance....but I checked out as soon as I realized the recording was botched.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
This is probably about as good a depiction as anyone will ever do of a first-person account of someone with autism. He's a fairly high-functioning autistic person, and it turns out his life is no more interesting than anyone else's. What I enjoyed most about this was the bits of scientific research that Mark Haddon manages to sneak in to the story. The reactions of the other characters to the main character, their attempts to get on with their own lives, and the fact that life does go on even if you happen to be rearing a child with disabilities, was also interesting. The main character was pretty annoying. Is it still narcissism if you simply lack the ability to empathize with other human beings?
I don't think I would.
It really helped me to understand the way an autisitic person thinks, however, I really didn't enjoy this book.
What is the point? Christopher makes a trip by himself with some mishaps along the way? Maybe this is significant from his perspective, but hardly worth the time to listen to the book. Obviously, I expected more.
This is my first listen from Jeff Woodman.
No. Beyond gleaning some insights on a day in the life of an autistic person from their perspective.