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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | [Mark Haddon]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Diana Ballwin, MO, USA 09-25-09
    Diana Ballwin, MO, USA 09-25-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting yet ..."

    I found this book interesting ... yet disturbing. Having known a child with this disorder, I find that this was pretty true to life, however I don't think everyone will understand or enjoy this book. Written very well, I am not sorry I "read" it, and will most likely always remember it. I would not recommend it to most people, however don't let that stop you. You might really enjoy it.

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    Barbara F. Evans 08-09-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    I truly enjoyed this book...not necessarily what what happening but the character and thought processes of the narrator. If you've ever known a child with Asperger Syndrome, this narrator fits the description perfectly.

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    Donna Roswell, GA, USA 05-09-08
    Donna Roswell, GA, USA 05-09-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Really hard to listen to"

    I did not enjoy this book. I have to believe it may be easier to read than listen to. It is the first audiobook that I absolutely could not finish. It is torturous listening to the character go on and on about things. I know a child with Asperger's and he is a joy to listen to. This was not.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-31-07
    Mary 12-31-07
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    "A peak into a different world"

    My sister-in-law and many friend's children have been diagnosed with Aspergers or other "autistic spectrum" disorders. I knew, intellectually, that they saw the world differently, but this novel beautifully illustrates that difference.

    Solid performance, wonderful writing, I recommend this to anyone who wish to see the world from a new point of view.

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    S. Weaver NJ United States 12-20-07
    S. Weaver NJ United States 12-20-07 Member Since 2014
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    "fabulous"

    Such a great book! Everyone is so believable, and so flawed, yet so sympathetic. The author is terrific at bringing the reader inside the head of someone who experiences his world so differently from the rest of us.

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    Richard San Diego, CA, USA 11-13-07
    Richard San Diego, CA, USA 11-13-07
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    "Delightful Narrator"

    This book is interesting and the narrator is fantastic. I laughed out loud throughout the recording. Mind you there are serious parts as well. A good book and a great reader.

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    Robin Richmond, VA, USA 10-28-07
    Robin Richmond, VA, USA 10-28-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    When I purchased this book I had no clue what it was about...just chose it off the best seller list b/c I was intrigued by the title! A good story and even better to listen to. The story itself was wonderful - I had much sympath for all of the characters. My son has some of the same issues as the character, so I completely understand the mother's frustration. I also am more sympathetic to the the child's thought process as well. It is a quick listen and you can't go wrong. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Auld-louie Golden, CO USA 09-05-07
    Margaret Auld-louie Golden, CO USA 09-05-07 Member Since 2012

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    "Incredible book"

    Wow, this is a terrific book, even if you have no interest in or knowledge of autism. I bought it because I love dogs so the title intrigued me. It's told from the point of view of a 15-year old autistic child and it's a masterpiece at conveying his view of the world in a sympathetic and interesting way. And you find yourself rooting for him to succeed at the difficult tasks he attempts. You will really gain an understanding of how autistic minds work from reading this. The narrator does an outstanding job as well, which makes it a very enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 09-03-07
    Donna 09-03-07
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    "Audible"

    This book is the perfect example of a book that must be heard.
    The reader made a wonderful character come alive in this sad and funny tale of a child with Asperger's

    I would love to follow Christopher in his future
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    Denise 06-17-07
    Denise 06-17-07
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    "Loved it"

    As more people are born with some type of autism, this book looks into the thinking of someone with asperger's syndrome. What a delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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