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.
Yes I have already recommended this audiobook to a few of my family members. Its very well written, pulling you into the life of Edward with his special challenges.
The emails sent to Edward from his Online Date. How funny. The author does a great job of displaying this person's mental condition as she moves from frustration to over the edge crazy.
Yes, but life's schedule didn't allow for it but would have enjoyed it in one sitting.
An enjoyable journey through the eyes of a special person. Thanks to the author.
I loved this book and highly recommend it. Having close ties with a couple of very successful OCD men, I recognized many quirks that I have come to know and love. Mr Lancaster has represented this character with humor, respect, and without apologies.
I don't have much time to sit and read, so audio books are my salvation. Usually, I know that I would prefer to read the written word , but this book is the exception. Luke Daniels gave one of the best performances I've heard. He represented Edward with subtlety and charm, and I'm looking forward to listening to it again.
One thing,...if you have never seen Jack Web and the TV show "Dragnet", I highly suggest you watch a one or two episodes (only the ones in color) before you read the book.
I can safely say that this book is "one of my favorites".
What I loved most was that I came to identify so much with Edward. There is a little of Edward in all of us. We all have obsessions, we all have challenges dealing with others, and we all have routines and patterns in life that provide comforting structure, but also limit us. This story helps us see ourselves better.
My favorite character was Edward. The reason is that Edward's character is so well developed. We come to know his habits, thoughts, and feelings. As the story progresses, I was rooting for Edward, to take the chances and make the choices that would help him grow and fully realize his potential. I also loved the characters such as his neighbor and her son, the shop teacher, his therapist, and his mother, who helped and loved Edward.
I think Luke's voice tone, pacing, and affect were perfect for this tale. I could not tell if some of the other voices were acted by Luke, or other actors. If they were all Luke, then he has an amazing range. He especially captured the proper tone for Edward and his mother and father.
Edward was certainly the most memorable character in this tale. The author was able by virtue of Edward's personality to take advantage of his routine and repetition, so that by the end, we had heard his likes, dislikes, and routine so many times that it would have been difficult NOT to remember Edward! Yet, the elements of repetition were in no way boring, the effect was like hearing the chorus of a song that grows on you. I also felt the character of Edward's father was well drawn. The resolution between the two was so powerful, and I was deeply moved.
I hope many people read this story, not just for enjoyment, but also to become more understanding of the challenges we ALL go through in life, to connect with others, and to be fully human. This is not the kind of story I usually read. I usually tend toward more escapist fare. However, I feel that now, I will try new forms of literature, just as Edward branches out to try new things! And, just like Edward, I feel more "Okay" about what I chose as my staples, too.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Like many others who just loved Edward- so did I. A great listen...so much that when it ended, I was so sad....so I went and immediately bought Edward Adrift.....! Im 2/3 way thru and not disappointed in the least....I would listen to both again. It was funny,moving, and sad at times. I loved Edwards simplicity & genius at the same time- such an escape for me.
The combination of Craig Daniel's writing and Luke Wilson as a narrator truly gave me a sense of knowing what it was like to BE Edward.
Edward is a good guy who is doing his very best to navigate through his solitary life in a confusing world where he is continually "flummoxed" by his interactions with others; all while attempting to stay on the good side of his very demanding father.
It takes Edward all of his 39 years and 200-something odd days and an excellent therapist to come to the realization that life could be better with other people involved in it.
This epiphany (I LOVE the word epiphany!) is gradually arrived at with much sadness and hilarity in equal parts.
Edward is a very simple man to understand if you are "in his head" where this book and narrator puts you - but it is abundantly clear how someone attempting to interact with him and not in his head might be confused by his actions and directness.
I can't wait to read the follow-up to see how Edward is doing! I am going to order it now.
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.
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
Really interesting. This book was written as a stream-of-consciousness slice-of-life from the perspective of an intelligent, kind man who is crippled by OCD. It is easy to follow, fascinating and full of pathos. We all understand how confusing people can be in their communication, how anxiety-provoking change can be, and how crippling our efforts to cope can become. My heart goes out to Edward, who is as sweet and desperate for connection as Bob Wiley in "What About Bob?" The author has a lot of heart, and the narrator was perfect. I highly recommend this book if you find you are in a genre-rut.
I am not even sure why I loved this book. I am halfway through the sequel and love it just as much. I just love the word sequel (read the book and you will get this).
The first person narration from Edward is a thing of beauty. His internal world and reactions to external problems are well-told. The story arced nicely and took our hero on a satisfying journey.
This is not my typical book type, but it was a daily deal and peaked my interest. It had the underdog feel. It took a chapter or two to get around Edward's data (its a little overwhelming at first)... but all of a sudden I was hooked and wanting more. I laughed & snickered, (Edward really is quite funny) I cried and even got mad. At the end the story felt kinda cut off, it just ended & I wasn't ready... but to my surprise there is a book 2 that I am currently hooked on! (course it didn't start how I had hoped but Edward doesn't disappoint!!) The narrator Luke Daniels, did a wonderful job on both books!!
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