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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Audiobook

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Why we think it's Essential: In this fascinating look into a unique mind, Jeff Woodman becomes Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome. Never before have I felt so much like I was experiencing the world from someone else's perspective. Christopher's frustrations, social anxieties, and logic felt like my own in this powerful performance. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

One night, he observes that the neighbor's dog has been killed, since it is not moving and has a large garden fork stuck in its body. Christopher knows this is wrong. He has never left his street on his own before, but now he'll have to in order to find out who killed the dog. What he discovers will shake the very foundation of his perfectly ordered life.

Critically acclaimed author Mark Haddon, a two-time BAFTA winner, crafts a stunning masterpiece that is funny, honest, and incredibly moving.

©2003 Mark Haddon; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2004

"The novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fresh and inventive." (Booklist)
"Smart, honest and wrenching....Will quickly hook you in." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent." (The Boston Globe)

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    Danil 12-23-14
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    "Very intriguing and unique book"

    I absolutely love this book the character is so interesting and the story is very special. I love the way this author writes.

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    Martin Muravyav USA 11-29-14
    Martin Muravyav USA 11-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "You have to love Christopher"
    If you could sum up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate (as far as high functioning autism is concerned), interesting and eccentric


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Christopher sees the world around him and explains it. I have high functioning autism and I could relate to so much of what he said.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Christopher.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ed gives Christopher the puppy. Ed was so wrong in all of this but you somewhat see why he did what he did (not that most people would do that but you kind of see it in the book) and you see how he knows that he has a lot of work to do to rebuild his relationship which has been forever altered.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in autism and in particular, about what it is like to have high functioning autism, this book is one you should read. I thought the author was autistic but learned he was a teacher of autistic pupils at one point. Still, his ability to explain why Christopher does and thinks and feels the way he does is outstanding!

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    BerkshireFam Stockbridge, MA USA 11-23-14
    BerkshireFam Stockbridge, MA USA 11-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb performance"
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    I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much if I were reading it. I thought the narrator was outstanding. The story was engaging and interesting, containing the right amount of realistic drama, and I enjoyed having a sense of what it is like to be in the mind of someone who is highly sensitive (other than my own). I felt it was a bit tedious at times, but that exemplifies the main character.

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    patricia 09-14-14
    patricia 09-14-14
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    "Life from the view of a special boy"
    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the point of view from a young man with Aspergers.
    A story of real life interactions and love.

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    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 08-26-14
    Jovia FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Interesting"
    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    I loved getting the insight into the mind of someone who obviously processes the world differently


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the same question as above


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For the most part.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was confused at the beginning but that was because I had no idea what it was about. The further I read the more I wanted to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be weirded out about the chapters! I thought it was broken at first, but they're suppose to skip.

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    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 06-11-14
    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it! Engaging and humorous."

    I've with people on the autism spectrum/Asperger's and this was such an accurate snapshot of how they relate to the world.

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    HarperNaidoff 05-01-14
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    "Far beyond Good"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There was really nothing about this book that attracted me except the sale price. So - I bought it, put it aside for later, and started to listen to it when my internet cable was down (out of shear boredom ). What a wonderful surprise! I found everything about this book, the story, the main protagonist, the reader, and the pace and sound of the language to be beyond my wildest expectation. Please get this book. Just sit back and listen and just say ahhhhh.


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    Guylou 04-30-14
    Guylou 04-30-14

    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

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    "Weird and Beautiful"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was well read!


    What other book might you compare The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to and why?

    Still Alice because of the story is about someone dealing with a condition out of their control and how it affects their family.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff is very lively.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and why?

    Christopher - I just love the way he thinks and how he is able to do things despite his challenges.


    Any additional comments?

    A beautifully weird book; beautiful nonetheless. I loved it!! Loved how the author narrated the entire book in Christopher's point of view and in his words. Mark Haddon kept the reader (in this case, me!) interested from start to end. The story was very touching and had many tender moments. Although Christopher warned us that his book was not going to be funny, it was at times (which made it fun to read). How he views the world might seem extreme, but totally normal for someone with autism. I loved all the little facts and the mathematical equations. It was a fun and quick read and recommend it to all. This is a little jewel of a book!

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    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 03-11-14
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Much fun to read with kids"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, I wouldn't put it in the top 10, but in my "listen on road trips with kids" category, this book was a major winner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No doubt Christopher. He IS the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Christopher reunites with his dad after visiting his mom.


    If you could rename The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, what would you call it?

    Why would I? It was a perfect title to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    My Asperger son used this book as an assignment in one of his AP classes. He was to make a travel pamphlet about a book he'd read. He used this book and Cricklewood (where Christopher's mom lived). We had a lot of fun putting the pamphlet together, which expounded upon all the interesting sites, shops, and restaurants in Cricklewood, London.

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    Kelli CAMDEN, AR, United States 02-20-14
    Kelli CAMDEN, AR, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love!"

    This was a fantastic book. It made me look at a couple of people that I know in a whole new way. Enjoyed!

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