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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 Boston, MA 12-15-13
    Amazon Customer Boston, MA 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would change a lot. This book is hard to read/listen. It seems to me I might have not appreciated it as other listeners, but it felt slow and very boring. I kept waiting for something to happen nothing really comes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Haddon again?

    I dont know, I would have to check many reviews and see what the book is about before investing my time in listening other of his stories.


    What three words best describe Jeff Woodman’s voice?

    Repetitive, noisy, slow


    Did The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time inspire you to do anything?

    Nothing, I was really hoping it ends when I found out that the book was gonna end without anything happening.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not buy this book. If you either like action or suspense or happy or well developed stories, this might not be the book for you

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-18-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Starts with chapter 2?"

    What happened to chapter 1, it threw me for a few chapters until I realized it had specific meaning later. I love looking at everything with a literal eye and how the meaning of things change from minute to minute. Obviously this is fiction but there are instances / mannerisms that are described in vivid detail that makes the listener feel like they are in Christopher's shoes. Life in Christopher shoes is very difficult, stuff the normal person takes for granted is something that is can be a huge obstacle for Christopher. Annoying narration, British accent drove me up the wall, he sounded whinny. Overall I enjoyed the book and had picked it up for my sister who has a child with a cognitive disorder, although that is different from Asperger's I did see some similarities with both.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 11-10-13
    James 11-10-13

    It's just me.

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    "Curiously enjoyable."
    Any additional comments?

    I can't conceive of what Hollywood would make of this: no car chases, hard to throw in a racy love scene, only one death... It is however curiously entertaining despite having a lead character that tends toward pedantic descriptions of his thought processes and actions. I would give 3 1/2 stars overall if allowed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 11-09-13
    James 11-09-13
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    "Disappointing finish"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of my favorite audio books right up until the end. I feel its energy and suspense just fell apart and ended in a sappy pool of family values; blah.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 11-06-13
    Mary 11-06-13
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    "I wanted to like this book"

    I tried to engage in the characters and story of this book.because I wanted it to be a book that helps the understanding of people with Autism. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen. The extreme details and repeating of the side story of the main character's distorted thinking was just too burdensome to be able to enjoy the plot. Also the way the story presented this it became obvious that the author was presenting this distorted black and white reality as truth, especially the ideas about religion and God. It became so boring and repetitive that I just couldn't finish it, even though I really did want to know the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 10-27-13
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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

    I found the thought processes of the boy amazing. I found myself aching for the parents who find themselves in a similar situation.


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

    I can't think of any other.


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

    The young boy.


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

    I listen in the car, so can't really answer this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure that I wanted to read/listen to this book. But I have a friend who has an autistic child. So I was curious. I must admit that I was amazed at the humor and heartbreak that was revealed in this book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    harringtonhound 10-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Grrr! The chapters are out of sync!"

    The recording starts at Chapter 2, then skips from 3 to 5. It might be a great book and a wonderful performance....but I checked out as soon as I realized the recording was botched.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Pretty well done for what it is"

    This is probably about as good a depiction as anyone will ever do of a first-person account of someone with autism. He's a fairly high-functioning autistic person, and it turns out his life is no more interesting than anyone else's. What I enjoyed most about this was the bits of scientific research that Mark Haddon manages to sneak in to the story. The reactions of the other characters to the main character, their attempts to get on with their own lives, and the fact that life does go on even if you happen to be rearing a child with disabilities, was also interesting. The main character was pretty annoying. Is it still narcissism if you simply lack the ability to empathize with other human beings?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Gilbert, AZ, United States 02-22-12
    Deb Gilbert, AZ, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little slow."
    Would you try another book from Mark Haddon and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I don't think I would.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Haddon again?

    Probably not


    What character would you cut from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    It really helped me to understand the way an autisitic person thinks, however, I really didn't enjoy this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David L. Humphrey Houston, TX USA 12-12-11
    David L. Humphrey Houston, TX USA 12-12-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Clever in some ways but poor overall"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    What is the point? Christopher makes a trip by himself with some mishaps along the way? Maybe this is significant from his perspective, but hardly worth the time to listen to the book. Obviously, I expected more.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Haddon again?

    Probably not.


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

    This is my first listen from Jeff Woodman.


    Was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time worth the listening time?

    No. Beyond gleaning some insights on a day in the life of an autistic person from their perspective.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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