This was one of those books I told myself I'd read someday. I'm glad I finally did. It is a nice, though now interestingly dated, story written from an unusual perspective. It gives you a chance to examine your empahy as well. I don't want to spoil the plot for you, so I won't say much more.
I will say if you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, you'll find this somewhat similar and likely will enjoy Flowers for Algernon.
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
Even though you know how the story will end, it's a wonderful journey getting there. You feel his frustration at the beginning and end and you cringe at his sense of superiority in the middle.
I think that this story lost some of it's punch for me as I knew so much about it before I started reading. Perhaps I would have preferred the short-story version, as I found that the story dragged in sections.
The narrator does an excellent job of trying to portray Charlie's various levels of intelligence with his voice, versus the use of spelling errors and the like in the text version.
It won't seem like it a first.. but if you're not distracted.... and you let yourself feel the story... you will be moved... so much so... I dare say... that everything you ever thought about those less fortunate than you are... will slowly melt away...This is a beautiful... sad... story.. worth every spare minute of your time... I don't want to ruin it for you... but... you need to know... that it will enrich your soul... and... it will break your heart...
Even when the ending was clear and inevitable I still wanted Charlie's fate to be different. He was a character you cheered for and wept for and wanted the absolute best for. He was an unexpected hero. His rise and fall were heart wrenching, especially when the people around him continued to fail him. Their insecurities became his obstacles, they could only accept him when they considered him to be less.
Charlie's awakening and realization that people he thought he could trust had betrayed him by treating him as a source of entertainment instead of as a friend.
Be careful what you wish for.
Really good book! I wish science had come that far. You have to love Charlie with all that he went through. I cried alot.
Charlie changes and morphs a lot through this story. I love that the narrator changed with Charlie. It helped to capture what was going on.
This is a very quick read that will make you feel something, and think something. Guaranteed.
The honest emotion behind Charlie is so pure and believable, and it evolves so well as the story progresses.
I also love that we are reading Charlie's diary the whole time. It adds another level of ethical dilemma to the story.
Should we be doing this? And SHOULD we be DOING this??! (Science playing God, and reading someone else's diary.)
Charlie! He's the main event, so that makes sense.
A journey inside an evolving mind.
I wasn't sure how I would rate this book until the end. Upon reflection of the total story, I decided I really liked it. The narration was excellent and you could tell exactly when Charlie progressed and regressed. A bittersweet, thought provoking story. I'm sure I didn't think of it on this level when I first read it as a youth. I'm glad I decided on the re-read as an adult.
I loved this story and the Narrator did an amazing job.
I will remember the overall story for a long time to come.
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.