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.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
Still had the same favor as the first book!
I think I still liked the first book better, but this one was a close second. Seemed like it ended kind of fast. Still very enjoyable!
I very much enjoyed the prequel to this book - 600 Hours of Edward. I thought the author did a very good job with the voice of Edward, a very difficult character to bring to life in a believable way, without making him a caricature or a source of uncomfortable humor. In Edward Adrift he continues to tell a story about a person you have no problem believing is real. But in some ways the title is very accurate. Not only is Edward the character adrift in this book, the plot seems adrift as well. There was too much time spent with Edward wandering aimlessly in his car.
However, parts of this book shone. Even though I was never too sure why he lost his job, his dedication to it long after it was no longer his, his need to contribute to the world, and his need for human connection was poignant. And all the ways the changes in his world suddenly turned upside down and left him longing for the familiarity of his old,yet admittedly narrow life, was very relate-able. I took from the book the idea that all of us, no matter how old, how set in our ways or disabled, has the ability to grow, change and see the positives in life.
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I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.
It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.
Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.
The format of this sequel continues to be in a daily journal style with Edwards' experiences mainly shared in a review of daily activity. Which sometimes had me wondering why I enjoyed this so much. It would seem like it would be boring . . . but it definitely isn't and had me laughing out loud at times.
Edward's evolution is much more pronounced in this book and his own behavior and understanding of other peoples' behavior show that he is perhaps more evolved than "normal" people who aren't going through life with a developmental disability.
The narrator is truly awesome. To go from voicing Edward's reasonable and mature voice to the petulant, sullen voice of teenager Kyle was interesting to hear.
Well, another road trip story, but it fit with the character's growth. The end wrapped up kind of quickly, but overall the book was a pleasant listen that made a person think about behavior and how people treat each other. And, it was a humorous look at ourselves.
No, I just didn't get this book. I thought it would be like Against Medical Advice (Patterson/Friedman) which was a true story and fascinating. But this was just plain repetitive and, for me, could not hold my interest.
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