The story and narration are both superb. Immediately I was drawn to the main character Charlie Gordon and felt his heartbreaking struggles. I will definitely listen to this again at some point. I highly recommend this book.
Jeff Woodman really brought the book to life. He makes it very easy to sympathize with the main character.
The reviews have already said it all. An incredible book with deep characters and fantastic narration. Make sure you are in the mood to listen to a sad story - as someone else mentioned, you will cry.
Excellent story that helps explain the meaning of being human. Seeing the world through Charlie's eyes before and after his transformation opened my eyes to human nature and why compassion and understanding are so important.
This was a story that was original (I get sick of reading the same old mystery and the same old love story). The characters and story were very devoloped very well. Both interesting and moving.
This is a great and well designed story it captured me slowly but firmly as the book proceeded. An interesting psychological novel on three major topics:
a) The secret horrors of the life of mentally less able persons.
b) The potentially devastating effect of being too intelligent.
c) The Hubris in science
All characters are interesting and lively, vivid, especially the main one and the women he interacts with. The plot has many turns and interesting viewpoints on the life of the main character.
It is also very well narrated, with an almost neutral tone, but still well characterized individual voices. I warmly recommend it.
Former IT guy for over 20 years. Formerly a sports bar owner/operator. Currently a restaurant manager. Trying VERY hard to get back into IT.
I enjoyed the story, good narrator, plot is great and heartbreaking. Sad of the events, but happy for his short experience!
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I read this book in the 80s in my high school English class and all I remembered was the sad ending. That’s it. No other details.
Reading it now as an adult, I am struck by:
1- How good it is! I’d give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could.
2- How could I not have remembered ANY other detail??? Ok, it’s been about 25 years… but still!
Did 16 year old me like the story? What did I think? Did I connect with the book and the character? Looking back I doubt I did because it was assigned reading and that’s never fun.
Well, 42 year old me LOVED the story. I was hooked from the start and did not want to put it down. The story is so interesting and Charlie is such a compelling character I found myself rooting for him so strongly even though I knew how it all ends.
This is a great audible edition of the 1959 award winning novel. It's the novel that the movie Charlie was based on. It follows a mentally handicapped adult who has an operation to make him smart, and he becomes a genius. He is the guinea pig in a science experiment, and he tells the story of his life, past and present. The first half was interesting, and then became emotionally engaging as well in the second half of the novel. It did not feel dated at all. The is an oldie-but-goodie that I'd rate with 4.5 stars.
I wanted to love it, but to me it was a rollercoaster of sad, hopeful, elated, scared and worried, then ending in bittersweet sadness.