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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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    Amazon Customer MONROE, MI, United States 10-25-13
    Amazon Customer MONROE, MI, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A great listen"
    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    The story was very interesting. I loved the dynamics between Christopher and his family. This book definitely hooks you right away.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Haddon? Why or why not?

    Yes. The author has an incredibly imaginative voice, and really brings to life the characteristics of an autistic child. Very well written.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrative was a bit repetitive at times.


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

    Absolutely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MamaMeister 10-23-13
    MamaMeister 10-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good!"

    This was a really good book, funny and heartbreaking at the same time. I hope I have learned from it as well, because people with Asperger's Syndrome aren't often understood, but are intelligent, lovable, and loving, even when it appears otherwise.

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    Debbie De Georgia 10-21-13
    Debbie De Georgia 10-21-13

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    "Dog Gone Good Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I totally enjoyed Jeff Woodman's performance. His narration of the main character Christopher was dead on point. His English accent made it an exceptional and enjoyable story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Christopher Boone, the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gosh golly... I totally enjoyed Christopher's train ride. I kept thinking he was going to think "stranger danger" and stick someone with that pocket knife. The entire train ride to locate his mother was entertaining and thrilling. There were many scenes I adored however cant tell them all because I don't want to ruin any part the audio for the next reader.


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

    Well, I definitely would not have had the time to enjoy this in one sitting however I darn sure enjoyed each time I turned it on again.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio was wonderfully surprising and worth it's weight in gold. It will bring a deserving smile across your face. Mark Haddon is an exceptional writer and this story truly shows his talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli LONGVIEW, WA, United States 10-18-13
    Kelli LONGVIEW, WA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2015

    love to read, but don't have much time for reading for pleasure. That's why I love audible.

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    "Inside the mind of Aspergers."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to be better than the print version?

    Better in some ways. There are illustrations in the book that you miss out on in the audio version. But I love the accent of the narrator in the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Christopher used his experience with video games to get through a difficult and scary situation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was that of Christopher hiding behind the garden shed between the rain barrel and the fence, covering himself with a fertilizer bag to hide from his father.


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

    If I could rename this book, I would call it "From One Dog to Another; Learning to Trust Again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James berkeley, CA, United States 10-18-13
    James berkeley, CA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "AMAZING"
    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    It felt genuine, and the narrator was amazing.


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

    He really brings out the puzzlement of the main character. You can feel the gears turning.


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    Yolanda McCree 10-16-13

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    "The amazing insight into the Asperger mind set."
    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    I was so drawn into the young man's world that I could not stop. I stayed awake most of the night listening to the story. And considering that I start work at 6:30am... I just had to know if he would succeed or fail. The obstacles that the author put in his path are realistic and the solutions creative.


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

    Only twice before in my life have I stayed up all night to finish a book. Gone with the Wind when I was a teenager and The Foundation in my late 30's. So this book is in good company. Enders Game might have been added to this list if I had not started it so early in the day. Each book is very different and each brought a special gift to my life.


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

    Actually I felt very happy that his teacher (whose name I forget) was in his life. Sweet gentle encouraging woman.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A heroic story, full of bravery under mind numbing circumstances.


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    Vera Stein 06-11-13
    Vera Stein 06-11-13
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    "Really helps one understand Asperger's"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It made me understand the rationale for the behavioral characteristics of Asperger's Disease. The book is written very understandably and one can actually empathize with Christopher. I am looking forward to seeing the play which has been running to rave reviews in London.

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    Pat Beaverton, OR, United States 05-21-13
    Pat Beaverton, OR, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Insights into autism"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    His going to London on his own, hiding in the restroom.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully read and the author really helped me have some awareness of the tremendous difficulties those with autism have, also those close to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Foreman, AR, United States 05-17-13
    Amazon Customer Foreman, AR, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2013

    I am the Director of Learning Centers and an English teacher, a mother of four, a fledgling writer, & an avid reader of almost every genre.

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    "Far exceeds expectations - Better than the classic"

    I'm going to keep this short and sweet, and spoiler FREE - I was assigned this as required reading for a graduate course, and fully expected to hate it, as I assumed it would be reminiscent of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, one of my least favorite books of all time. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a well-written, intriguing, engaging, and very REAL story. I work with learning disabled teens and adults on a daily basis, and Christopher is as real as they come. Unlike the unbelievable and awful Holden, Christopher truly comes to life in this story, thanks to both wonderful storytelling and great narration. The characters are fully developed, the writing style is smooth and three-dimensional, and the story is engaging and adept. I highly recommend this book.

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    Monica L. Stathers CT, USA 10-16-12
    Monica L. Stathers CT, USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2012

    Landslyde Shelties

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    "Well done!"
    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    The narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher, because I loved his descriptions of things, people, events, happenings in his life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to list.


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

    Absolutely!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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