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 love this book. I felt like I was in Edward's head much of the time. It gave me an understanding of someone living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Aspergers. The narrator was outstanding.
I liked the book and thought that the narrator, Luke Daniels, did an excellent job. However, I kept hoping that more would happen in the plot to make it a lot more interesting than it was. I would have loved to have seen him succeed in a career and a relationship. That would have been wonderful to add to the story.
I would say that the story was interesting, but the ending not satisfying. I also did not like the repetition of events in the story like the details about the Dragnet tv shows. Every time he watched it, which was repeated daily, the author gave you details about the Dragnet episode. That was annoying after a while.
A beautiful story
Edward, Donna and his therapist are my favorite characters as individuals and the impact they have on each others lives.
I'm not sure if I've listened to Luke Daniels before, I thought he did a great job, I just downloaded Edward Adrift which he also narrated.
I did, it made me laugh & made me cry. I thought the psychology and description of Edward was realistic and well written.
I'm looking forward to listening to the second book, Edward Adrift.
Edward is endearing, irritating, vulnerable and brilliant.
Initially I didn't think I could listen to his litany of daily routines, but found they were a clever literary tool, that varied in pacing and tone.
This is a very funny and very thoughtful book. I read "Look Me in the Eye" and "the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and loved both those books. That's what drew me to read and listen to this book. I was loving Edward and forgiving his father by the end.
I have always loved to read but my vision is not what it used to be. Thanks to Audible I can carry around an entire library in my purse.
This book was in the point of view of Edward, an adult Autistic man who is learning to live on his own.
I really liked Edward as I have a significant family member who is also Autistic.
I liked his voice. I could imagine Edward pausing in his head to repeat words that he liked.
This was a read that I chose in an Audible sale and I probably would not have chosen it otherwise. It was a surprisingly good and entertaining read. Edward is a unique character plagued with an obsessive compulsive disorder but has not only learned to cope but thrives in his life. There are repetitive aspects to the story but that is expected with the characteristics of Edward. Overall, this was a pretty good story.
This is one of the best and most moving books I've ever listened to on audible. It's told in the voice of a 39 year old high-functioning autistic man who also has OCD. I not only got to liking this fictional character but I saw in myself some of Edward's characteristics, hypochondriac that I am. ;-) It's very pleasing to me that there's a sequel book out there, Edward Adrift. 600 Hours of Edward is a good read whether or not you have mental health issues among your family or friends, and also whether or not you have trouble within your family. This book was not only interesting, moving and inspirational, but also funny. You'll see.
I absolutely loved the narration. Luke Daniels was amazing in making each character such a different voice. I loved the story and the narration just made it that much better.
The infusion of humor in the story.
Edward Stanton - you could just feel his pain and also identify with some of his character.
I highly recommend this book and I am now searching for more audible books narrated by Luke Daniels.
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