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Anastasia

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  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (740)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Sweet Story of Triumph"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to my friends who lilke intricate characters, a "real" story about adults trying to overcome their various difficulties in order to find a place in the world. This book reminded me of Ron McLarty's fantastic, whimsical THE MEMORY OF RUNNING, in that both books show how a lonely man grows and changes when circumstances force it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 600 Hours of Edward?

    I loved 39-year-old OCD/Asbergers sufferer (that seems llke soooo not the right word) interacts with 9-year-old Kyle. I love how Kyle looks at Edward without judgment and how he teaches Edward to laugh again and that disaster will not strike if he gets out of his routine.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i've never heard anything else that he's done, but I think he did a nice job here. I particularly want to commend his interpretation of the female characters. So often male narrators can ruin a book by making the women sound fake, shrill and just annoying. He did a lovely job here bringing Donna to life, and illuminating her sensitivity, her frailties, her kindness.


    If you could take any character from 600 Hours of Edward out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oh, I think a dinner with Edward, Kyle, and Donna would be really fun. I'd love to see all their different personalities mix and bounce off one another. Would Edward order spaghetti, you think?


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND or THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, you will enjoy this short, sweet book immensely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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