That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited.
But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks). All the while, inspired by dreams of the past, Edward tries to make peace with his life - and when he meets an eccentric motel owner, perhaps open it to love.
©2013 Craig Lancaster (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
about Edward Stanton in this book. I had just finished "600 Hours of Edward" and in "Edward Adrift" Edward seemed to be so much more exuberant (l love the word exuberant). This new Edward with his lively energy was hard to figure out until I got a little further along in the book. I think the narrator, Luke Daniels, did an excellent job of show the listeners the changes Edward was feeling in his life through his narration. When later in the book, Edward thought he wanted to go back to his isolated, regimented (I love the word regimented) life I felt as if the narrator took the lively energy out of his voice to show Edward in a much more complacent (I love the word complacent) place in his life. LOVED this book... LOVED "600 Hours of Edward"... really hope Craig Lancaster finishes a third book about Edward Stanton.
I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
Edward Adrift is the second great book about the character, Edward. This book is best appreciated after reading the first Edward book (600 Hours of Edward). The two books could have been combined into Part I and then Part II, but having two books worked also. I just loved Edward's well-intentioned, honest, and rigid life. The reader is taken gently into the inner workings of Edward's thinking and routines; its fun and interesting to see life through his eyes. By the time that I had finished this book, I wished that I could have him over for coffee. He is quite hilarious and lovable while at the same time his character is absolutely believable. It's like he could live next door. In this book, he stretches past the boundaries of comfort and rigidity as he begins to make connections and feel a part of a circle of friendships. He also explores his parental relationships and begins to establish a stronger sense of self as he moves past his diagnoses and into a more complex life. Of course with more people in his life, all of his routines become compromised causing him much consternation and consideration. The considerations and conversations that he has with himself and others are genuinely human and are quite touching while at the same time are humorous and, sometimes, side-splitting hilarious. I laughed out loud several times while listening. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, entertaining novel delving into the life of another quirky human...... maybe just like you or someone you know?
Ah..Edward. I was so glad to revisit Edward to see how much he had grown and changed (and not!) and how he was able to cope with his "shitburger" of a year!
If you like 600 Hours of Edward, you will love getting back into Edward's head again.
This is the follow-up to 600 Hours of Edward. I would recommend reading that one first. It is not strictly necessary for your enjoyment of Edward Adrift, but it will make it much better. Both books are amazing, as my title says. Heartfelt and funny. You will fall in love with all the characters. Very "feel-good hardship".
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.
Edward is a 40+ year-old with Asperger's. He is high functioning, and has high self esteem. The compulsive traits of his Asperger's comes through and it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. There's a coming of age story within the story. Not sentimental. Great Book.
I liked the continuation of Edward's life as described in this book. His relationships with others are more meaningful and he has learned mindfulness. I cannot help but like Edward, quirks and all, because he has such a good heart. He is working so hard on himself and is so honest about his emotions and feelings. His insights reveal valuable life lessons. A very pleasant read, indeed.
It took me awhile to get past the character's first idiosyncrasies that introduced the reader to the condition. After that, I found it an enjoyable book and I liked the story.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
It was a little sad to finish the book, which I did just this minute, and I don't remember ever being so moved by any books as I have been with 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift. I will miss Edward (but intend to listen to both books again) but knowing he is safe and sound and happy makes it easier. I was fully engaged with both books from beginning to end and being an avid fiction reader, that is saying a lot. Mr. Lancaster did an amazing job of creating this lovely character, one I will remember the rest of my days. I keep wondering why Edward is so endearing to me. I think having him narrate the book and showing us what makes him tick was fascinating. We all have our various ways of coping so I guess it was really intriguing to learn Edwards tricks which worked insofar as they distracted him at times from the real issues at hand, the ones he couldn't control. Even those, he acknowledged so he had good insight and communication skills and I love that he made a point of accuracy in all things. Good communication skills are always attractive to me.
Observing the OCD and Asperger's personality in this book was also fascinating and it actually makes sense to me to have a few of these traits, daily routines, methods of doing things correctly and remembering lots of details (that might come in handy) only to the point where they do not interfere with relationships or getting things done. So, in this way, Edward was instructing or showing me how he ordered his world and I might try to develop more effective routines and processes in my own life after seeing his.
For now, I will try to let Edward go but I am more likely to imagine him as a friend and teacher I will remember fondly for a long time.
Luke Daniels was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
What a great well-written book. Such a gentle read. As someone with an OCD person in the family, I appreciated the kind look into the disorder, wrapped up in a cute fictional story.
I loved it! And the narrator was perfect. Highly recommended. Unless you are a reader who demands "Bang Bang Shoot 'em up" to hold your attention, you will like this book.
A wonderful sequel to 600 Hours of Edward.
We meet Edward several years after the end of the first story. It is not a good year for Edward. He has been laid off from his job. His therapist has retired and his friends cross the street have moved away. For a man who needs structure, his base is crumbling.
After hearing that a friend is in trouble Edward decides to help and embarks on a journey outside his familiar comfort zone. Way outside!! He begins a journey out of Billings, out of Montana and way out of his self imposed boundaries.
It was heartwarming to see stretch his boundaries and learn how to live!
If you read 600 Hours of Edward] you must read Edward Adrift.
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