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 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.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
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.
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 always love getting to hear more about Edwards life. I am really looking forward to a 3rd, 4th, and even 5th book! (Narrated by Luke Daniels of course, he makes listening much more enjoyable.)
I listened to this book directly after listening to 600 Hours of Edward and my first reaction was that the narrator was reading it slightly differently. He changed some of Edwards fluctuations a bit and it bothered me. But I quickly stopped noticing that and fell in love with Edward again! I loved the book!
A good read. gave me a new way to consider people with Aspergers. it's well done. good story. well told.
I enjoyed getting in touch with the foibles and adventures of someone with Asperger's syndrome. The book was written in the first person, which was perfect for the job. The reader was believable.
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