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.
Luke Daniels did a splendid job of sharing this story by Craig Lancaster. I was left feeling happy and contented at the end. There were many times that Edwards' idiosyncrasies made me smile and tons of times that the world made me angry as it dealt with this man. It's a grand listen.
Excellent narration in this story of young love. Interesting characters (of all sorts!), good character development and well written.
For those of you who love a romance you will love this one all the way through. Lots of emotionally based decisions in this one!!!!
For those of you who check the emotions and make decisions based on facts and not emotion........ you will enjoy this about three quarters of the way through. Then, you will be going, "There is no way that would happen......."
The story grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. But for me, the story becomes unbelievable before it ends. Self-conscious boy changes miraculously because he finds himself after spoiled never-think-before-you-act girl removes his make-up and reveals his scar which he leaves uncovered for everyone to see. After huge misunderstanding and the passage of a year, he discovers her pregnant and he is not mad at her but at the boy who took her virginity; he wants the child for his own because adoption is not an option he can endure. (This is the one point I can understand based on his experience.) As usual stupid girl does not pay any consequences for her actions. She cries and someone else picks up the pieces and fixes things. This will be happily ever after as long as self conscious boy can keep being a cheerleader of stupid girl no matter how self-centered and unaware of others feelings she continues to be. All will be well, if he can forgive all wrongs (because she is so stunning and beautiful) so she can swiftly advance to her next disaster.
Again, excellent narration. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by David Dietz! Pleasing to your ears whether it be male or female character. Nice pace to the reading and great annunciation.
Giving this one 4 stars in spite of the ending as it was well-written, the characters were interesting and the narration was excellent.
I thought the description was about an Autistic man, but in the book it says he is mentally ill, or so his father said. As a special education teacher I was surprised that it did not deal with Autism as such and explain his condition. He is not mentally ill. It was a good book to listen to and I enjoyed it. I just wondered why his parents would not have discussed this.
WOW! I just finished 600 Hours of Edward and I loved it. It was not at all what I would have thought when I ordered it. I'm pretty sure I never would have read it, or listed to it at the normal speed, so this is my suggestion, listen at a 1.25 speed, enjoy getting to know Edward, but most of all, don't miss this book. I gave Luke Daniels only two stars because at the regular speed I'm sure I wouldn't have listened. I do not for a minute think it is his reading. He has a director who controls the speed of the delivery. For me, it was way too slow. Do yourself a favor and check this book out.
Already being a big fan of Luke Daniels it was inevitable that I would listen to this book. Although a bit repetitive I instantly fell into the groove of things. Don't we all feel like Edward sometimes? Try it for yourself. I'd guess. Or maybe it's a fact that you'd enjoy it.
I actually downloaded and listened to this book more than a year ago. (I can't believe I didn't write a review then, but my reviews are impulsive and sporadic!)
Because I remembered it as such a moving story, I listened to it again.
It still made me cry. And laugh. And love Edward.
It's a funny, painful, joyous, beautiful story. Well worth the time.
A sweet story of personal strength and growth of a man who was born with the odds stacked against him. The main character reminded me of another favorite, Odd Thomas. The narration was excellent with each character having a distinctive voice that was believable-almost like listening to a radio drama with different actors speaking the parts. A joy to listen to.
Spend your next 600 hrs. w/Edward, & you won't be sorry. Ok, so it won't be 600 hrs. of your time - just his - but I promise you'll come out of it entertained, a little more knowledgeable about Asperger's & OCD, & perhaps even a better person for it. This very poignant (I love the word "poignant", don't you?*) story of a man with several disorders & a rough relationship w/his father, plus how he maneuvers daily life & interprets the world is wonderful, & sad, & elegant, & absorbing, & touching, & intelligent &, &, &... This is the second time I've listened to this book, I love it so much. I will listen to it a number of more times, I'm sure, before I leave this mortal coil. I have a feeling each time I will notice/hear/learn something else, & I hope each time I'll grow because of it.
*You'll see what I meant here when you listen to this book.☺️ Listen now!
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