This was a challenging listen. It was helpful to know from other reviews that there are fragments of text in the print edition that simply stop without warning. I have loved Scott Brick as a reader in both fiction (mostly thrillers) and nonfiction, especially in his unabridged version of The Devil in the White City. In this book, however, I found myself lost in dialogue between just two characters on a number of occasions, not sure who was saying what. The voicings and inflections he chose were too similar, and the shifts from one character to the other not apparent enough.
The author does a great job of describing the mind of a child with autism. I was surprised at how many "elements of thought" I recognized from working with such kids over the last 10 years. The narrator did an excellent job as well, however, I was surprised at the amount of inflection in his voice. I would have expected a little more monotone for a child such as Christopher. I love the idea of learning how emotions come through this child who doesn't seem to immediately identify with them.
I think of "clutter" as being a little scattered or disorganized. This author uses "clutter" specifically in referring to a mental illness related to OCD. As other reviews have noted, this book has little or no practical advice for most people, and limited advice (outside of anecdotal musings and self-help group listings) for those with the condition. Listening to this book was like listening to your chatty neighbor that just went to the doctor instead of going to the doctor yourself. The second hand help isn't much help at all. Do you REALLY need someone to explain to you how to clean your toilet or sort your laundry?
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