An enjoyable listen....narrator was spot on for me, and i have listened to a lot of "brit lit." Story could have been a little shorter....thus the 4 stars.
The narrator was excellent you really felt like he was the boy in the story . The Story was simple but intriguing from the beginning until the last sentence. This book gave you a real insight into the life of a person who suffers from Asperger's syndrome and for those who suffer with them. it takes a tremendous amount of patience courage and love to get through this type of a life challenge. I felt such empathy for all the characters in this book and I admired each and every one of them. this is a great listen I highly encourage everyone to get this book and it had a lot of very cute humorous moments throughout the book as well just a delightful book.
If you've known anyone on the autism scale this book explains many things.
It lets you inside the mind of someone with Asbergers or autism .
It's funny and poignant and heart wrenching and it helps us all to understand and hopefully be a little kinder and more generous of spirit.
I found myself really emotionally connected to the narrator, who painstakingly explains what it is like to live with autism. As a parent and a teacher, I also felt so much compassion for his parents and their daily challenges, creative work arounds, and loving devotion to their son (especially the patient dad). The author alternates chapters for a while between the story that is unfolding and the life lessons or personal struggles the character faces each day (not liking anything brown or yellow, having a hard time reading people's facial expressions, his dislike of jokes and idioms because they don't make sense to him, etc). The story itself does end up coming full circle, but it's more the "process" than the "product" in this mystery. It's very much a diary of a confusing time in the boy's life and how he manages to navigate through the world to prove he can do anything.
I bought this over 4 years ago and never listened to it. I finally decided to and am blown away! I have the urge to buy this book and give it to people as presents. Even my 9 year old son got sucked in to it as I was listening to it driving him to and from school (he usually has head phones on so I was surprised to look in the rear view mirror and see him intently listening one day). The character of Christopher Boone is lovable and absolutely frustrating- all at once! Really an outstanding book and narrator!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The perspective of the autistic narrator was captivating- though rigid and unfeeling, Christopher was still a very likeable character. The story was heartbreaking and so plausible. It really illustrated both the challenges and rewards of raising a differently-abled child and why the instinct to protect them can be so fierce. The conflicts in the story brought me to tears a few times as well. Great listen!
The audible reader was also fantastic!