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.
Edward is a thirty nine year old man with Aspergers and OCD who lives quietly alone in a small home in Billings Montana. Edward has lived alone since "the Garth Brooks" incident
drove his father to move him out of the family home.
By following Edward through the 600 hours you begin to understand and admire how he deals with his controlling father, his lonliness and his illnesses. And,when a mother and son move across the street, we see the caring side of Edward where he worries over the problems of others more than himself.
It is a warm, loving novel which I recommend and look forward to reading the sequel Edward Adrift.
The ending which was so beautiful and heart warming
very clear and articulate reader
Just a very good read, steady moving with a beautiful ending
I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!
“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.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
It was very repetitive and very unenlightening about Asperger's. I understand that was the point but there were moments in this book I felt like I was slogging through.
It seemed as though a majority is devoted to main character's thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys and Dragnet, and with no relevancy to the overall story. If you end of up reading this, skip these parts. Trust me.
It's as if the author was just filling this book with lots of fluff while skipping around the main subject. I guess the reviewers who really liked this book are more patient than I am.
The narrator fits the character well. He did a good job.
Overall: Extremely repetitive and not much to keep the attention of those readers who want their authors to get to the point, rather than skirt around and tease the reader.
Probably in the top 50. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks.
Edward, who suffers from aspergers and OCD. It is fascinating and touching to see into how he sees the world and how he tries to make sense of it.
He embodies many of the characters very well. Specifically, his voice when he is portraying Edward is montone, clipped, and factual. It reflects Edward's world view perfectly.
Not at first. Because this was listed as one of the Daily Deals and had good reviews I decided to try it. It isn't a standard choice. However, it wound up being a great experience and I recommend anyone, no matter what genre you prefer, give it a try.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
Moving, informative, entertaining
I've heard it compared to FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, which I agree with somewhat. Fortunately it has a much more upbeat ending. I also would compare it to THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTIME, though Edward is much more lucid and self aware than the narrator of CURIOUS INCIDENT.
Yes. He is always great. I am really impressed at how he voices the subtleties of character and emotion in this book. Also, there are some repetitive elements, key to Edward's character, which Luke Daniels handles beautifully, honoring the truth of Edward and the listeners' needs (for variety or at least acknowledgement of the repetition).
I don't want to give too much of a spoiler. The letters throughout are great: entertaining and moving. There is one in particular kind of near the end.
Really moving insight into the world of an individual with OCD/Asperger's. I was fascinated by how much I related to and how much I came to relate to as Edward revealed his thought process. Also huge story about parents and children and expectations and independence. Incredible book, beautifully read.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This book is written in the same vein as the newer, more popular novel, “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. The main character, Edward Stanton, is 39 with OCD and Asperger’s syndrome. Edward’s personality comes through by way of his routines and the facts that matter to him, like recording the weather, watching re-runs of Dragnet everyday, painting his garage and being a Dallas Cowboy fan. After about 4 hours of this, I have to admit I was kind of bored. Things happen to Edward in this 600 hours that are out of the norm for him. For instance, he tries online dating which was amusing and tries to make friends with his neighbors which is good for him, but also incurs lots of drama that Edward isn’t mentally prepared for. Edward also has to deal with his father, who is less than sensitive to Edward’s plight. These situations added depth to the book, but didn’t save the story for me. The narrator was very robotic sounding which was probably a correct choice for the role, but was tiring to listen to by the end of 7+ hours. If you want to read a funny novel about a 39 year old man with Asperger’s syndrome, I would opt instead for “The Rosie Project” which was much more charming and heartfelt in my opinion.
Say something about yourself!
Fun read. Good characters. Good plot. Enough drama and enough humor to keep it interesting. Worth a listen.
All that Edward goes through and he still is true to himself. I loved how the story unfolded.
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