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.
i liked his consistancy
yes... i could relate to this book in many different ways... more so than people may think.. it touched me ...... greatly.... hard to explain
i would recommend this book to anyone who suffers from assburgers(sp??) syndrome.. very relateable... loved it!!!!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Im in awe of both the authors work and the narrating by Luke Daniels in this unique story of Edward, a middle aged man with Aspergers/OCD who is reliant on his authoritan father for support, being unable to work in a typical office environment.
Edward and his fathers interaction forms a great deal of the conflict in this story..as Edward tries to grow his father pushes him down. A very sad reflection on many parent/adult child relationships.
The novel shows a side of OCD that has become well know these days. Lancaster writes with a gentle knowledge of the situation and developes his characters beautifully. This is a sort of quiet novel, with achingly complex interpersonal relationships...unless the reader knows an OCD patient, Edward may seem awkwardly backwards, yet Lancaster draws him out with sympathy. I was especially touched at the "Dragnet" scenes, where Edward has substituted Jack Webb and the Dragnet characters for a father and family.
Once again, Luke Daniels shows his talent as one of the best of the modern audio book narrators. Kudos, Mr Daniels, for another wonderful narration.
The very sad ending pulls the entire story together but left me feeling equally sad for the characters.
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!
I hated for the story to end. I really felt the author's concerns and the human-ness of this person from the inside out! We would find an individual such as this challenging, (I work with developmentally disabled persons) but they are just like any other person, with reasons for the things they do and preferences and the ability to grow and mature. Edward is a marvelous, quirky, flawed but dear human being, enjoy getting to know him.
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