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. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.
Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’ classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.
©2012 Craig Lancaster (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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The narrative started a little slow and I had to force myself not to give up on it; boy am I ever glad I didn't. This was one of the better, more touching in a non maudlin way, audio's I've ever listened to. Edward Stanton is a thirty nine year old man with both Asperger's and OCD. The lack of affect in the voice is quite well done by the narrator and the writer's OCD indicators are familiar to those who've worked in the field of mental health. The insights that Edward delivers in riposte to his father and those he states in his daily letters indicate the strength of his sharp, deeply probing mind.
Edward's life is changed when a single mother with a nine year old son moves into a house across the street from him. Edward finds himself connecting with the boy (Kyle) and with his mother (Donna) in a way that both pleases and troubles him. His life is further thrown off track by his decision to try on line dating. The one date that he does actually attempt doesn't go off well at all. His psychiatrist provides a sounding board and a reality check for him as she guides Edward through his decision making process.
I won't go any further than that; don't want to spoil the story for anyone; it's too good. This is an unqualified five star listen that I totally recommend to all Audible listeners.
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I read this book on my Kindle, loved it, saw it available on Audible for a great price, and jumped on the opportunity to revisit Edward on audio! Luke Daniels did a great narration--he really captured the spirit of Edward. He added immensely to the listening experience.
This is similar to a coming of age novel only Edward is 39 years old. He has Obsessive Compulsive disorder and Aspergers syndrome, a mild form of autism. Despite these handicaps, he is very intelligent. Yet, he has lived a very closed and stunting existence until he is befriended by a 9 year old neighbor boy and his mother. Edward has a gradual awakening of sorts along with all the struggles that come with "growing up" and dealing with an overbearing, withholding father. Gradually Edward, with the help of his longstanding therapist, begins experimenting with change and more participation in the outside world.
Edward is a sweet, lovable character, and his story is humorous and touching. It is a quick easy read. Highly recommended.
After reading reviews on "Edward Adrift", a sale item, I purchased this book at the same time. I am so glad I did! I have now read them both, and they kept me captivated for an entire weekend. "600 Hours of Edward" is the precursor to the second volume. This is a tale of a man with Asberger's Syndrome with a heavy dose of OCD.
The disease is never mentioned in this book, but after a very short while, I got the picture that there was something peculiar (I love that word - peculiar) about him. I have been in Edward's head, dealing with his everyday problems of being "developmentally disabled, not stupid" and being so sad for this 39-year-old man who's comfort zone is so restrictive that for most people, his actions are incomprehensible.
But as his narrative unfolds, he just wormed his way into my heart. After the Garth Brooks incident, which is never really explained, he is thrown out of his parent's home and set up in a little two-bedroom flat, a few miles away. Here he leads a monastery-like life, self-regimented by daily lists and timed activities. He struggles to understand his larger-than-life, good ole boy father who communicates with him through his lawyer. His lone champion, therapist Dr. Buckley, deftly encourages him to discover coping skills for his problems.
Edward is thwarted (I love that word - thwarted) at every turn. Every opportunity to expand his realm of existence is squashed by his father, with threatening letters and contractual agreements which imprison him in his lonely regimented existence. His mother is no help at all, and at their monthly dinners at his parent's home, she is distant, leaving Edward to deal with his father's accusatory conversation which usually ends up in a quarrel between father and son.
I can't tell you any more. You HAVE to read this book. It ends with the unexpected death of his father, and what happens after that can be found in Craig Lancaster's sequel, "Edward Adrift". You HAVE to read that book also.
Luke Daniel's narration is perfect. Enough said.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
it was a refreshing story. i was entertained. there were no big moments but it was just a nice story.
when edward read the letter from his father.
i smiled at many parts. i liked the ending too.
i would have loved to have known more about edward's Father. i don't know why his Mother did not make more efforts to keep in touch with what was going on with edward.
This is my third favorite of the "difficult narrator" books that I've listened to this year. Number one is A Man Called Ove; Two is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and this is a distant third. The editing isn't quite as tight which matters when I'm listening and can't skim like I can while reading. Edward's quirks are midwestern (Dallas football, old TV shows, Banquet frozen dinners) which is a bit prosaic, but the reason I'm putting it in my top three is this book has a lot of HEART. And that's what gets me every time.
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“The Girl With All the Gifts” and “600 Hours of Edward”: two novels heard in succession. Nobody would convolve them, not even yours truly, except for the accident of justaposiiton.
And yet, the parallels impose themselves.
Both portray uncommon worlds; in both cases the protagonist deals with normality from a handicapped perspective. In the case of “600 Hours”, the handicap is Asberger’s. In the case of “The Girl”, the handicap is some weird cannibalistic fungal override. In both cases, the insuperable problem gradually becomes benign via literary deflation.
In both cases you are left wondering: if the problem is in fact as debilitating as initially portrayed, how does it become so amenable by the end of the story? “600 hours does a better job at dealing with this question, but neither is completely satisfactory.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
This book is great. It is very moving. Not in a 'you need lots of tissues' way, but in a 'you will feel feelings and gain perspective' kind of way. It is also very entertaining. There are lots of funny bits. I am glad I listened to it. There is a second book: Edward Adrift that is also excellent.
The narrator is also amazing. I would recommend reading anything Luke Daniel narrates. He has not disappointed me yet and I have listened to several books he's narrated. In fact, I have specifically chosen books to listen to because he narrated them.
If you liked these books, you may like the Rosie Project.
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
Just the facts.
The only other story I can think of that deals with similar issues might be "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes. The protagonists in both stories must overcome profoundly different disabilities, but their strength of character makes them intriguing, occasionally confounding, yet extremely relatable.
No, I haven't, but I found his character portrayals spot on - exactly as I would imagine these characters to sound. And...he had quite a range to cover: middle age obsessive man, young, enthusiastic boy, grizzled, stoic elderly father, sympathetic elderly mother, and young, vulnerable mother. Impressive.
Edward. When I began listening to the story I thought I had mad a BIG mistake! Yikes. The voice, the detail, the awkward character. But I stuck it out, and every chapter I found myself truly routing for Edward, and when he built the Blue Blaster, I knew he was someone I would love to have as a friend.
Great book, and I would highly recommend. I was disappointed when it ended, as I really was moved by the characters and wanted more. Though it did end where it had to, I suppose. Neat, happy ending ... which might be my only complaint. On the other hand, as a means of escaping reality, an excellent choice!
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Finding the "Edward" books came at the perfect time for me. I needed to be entertained with an engaging story due to some recent difficult life events and this "Edward" was the perfect remedy. Edward is such a likable, straight forward, linear guy. Yes, he takes it all a bit too far but he tries so hard to do things right that it is hard not to grow fond of him and his blustering ways. I enjoyed how he learned from his therapist and was thinking about the lessons he learned from her as he went about his daily life. I enjoyed how he stretched himself just a little at a time. This book was refreshing, sweet and hopeful while at the same time interesting and entertaining. I just had to read the next "Edward" book after enjoying this one so much.
In the first chapters I thought that I will be hating this book.
But as the main character opened up a little more to his world around him, I was pulled in more and more.... In the end, the book was over way too quick!
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