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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

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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    Ben RICHMOND, KY, United States 04-02-12
    Ben RICHMOND, KY, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Beginning Mystery Novel."
    Would you listen to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time again? Why?

    I would like to hear this book again, not for the mystery, but to pick up on parts of the book to hear how autistic author phrases his viewpoint. As a parent to an autistic child, ascertaining different high functioning autistic thought processes helps me to conjur ideas to communicate with my own child.


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    Hope Hartland, MI, United States 03-26-12
    Hope Hartland, MI, United States 03-26-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time the most enjoyable?

    That it is a story that is told from the view point of a boy with Asperger's


    What did you like best about this story?


    Which scene was your favorite?


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


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    Pamela lakeland, fl, United States 03-12-12
    Pamela lakeland, fl, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "So bad!!"
    What disappointed you about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    The first thing I didnt like about this book was the chapters were not in order, then that was explained.
    I could not get interested in this book. It was all over the place, no clue as to what the plot was. I hate to give up on a book but I just could not listen for more that the first hour.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I really cant rate the narration because I was so distracted by the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I cannot think of one redeeming quality of this week.


    Any additional comments?

    I cant imagine any type of person that I would recomend this book to.

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    william 03-05-12
    william 03-05-12
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    "Book Club Choice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is rare that an audio book can give more to audience than reading written form, but this one does. Autism, and British accent help the story when delivered from audio form.


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    Pam Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-30-12
    Pam Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent read."

    This book was recommended to me. It's a far cry from what I usually read, but found it endearing and thought provoking. You will care about the characters and be anxious for their choices.

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    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 01-21-12
    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Troubled child provides insight nonetheless"

    First: the beginning chapter is titled Chapter 2. This freaked me out and confused me - I thought I was missing part of the file. It turns out, Christopher is narrating the story and he prefers prime numbers, so each chapter is a sequential prime number.
    The book never actually names Christopher's "condition" but he goes to a "special" school and has issues with nuance as well as OCD-like qualities. I think his diagnosis is probably similar to Asperger's (he continually reminds himself of how he is "supposed" to react to people even though it is not instinctive), but I am no expert on that.
    I had recently listened to Flowers for Algernon, so I saw a lot of parallels; Christopher even has a pet rat. And both novels reveal that a simple perspective on even mundane day-to-day life can be surprisingly profound.
    Christopher's relationship with his family is the heart of the novel. Christopher does not understand the extent of his parent's emotions and reactions, but the reader does, which makes it that much more impacting.

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    James League City, TX, United States 01-09-12
    James League City, TX, United States 01-09-12
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    "Great perspective!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time the most enjoyable?

    This was a unique story from the perspective of the teenager with I believe, autism. Great to listen to his idiosyncracies and the frustrations of the parents trying to cope.


    If you could take any character from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The son.


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    James 01-09-12
    James 01-09-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great perspective!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time the most enjoyable?

    This was a unique story from the perspective of the teenager with I believe, autism. Great to listen to his idiosyncracies and the frustrations of the parents trying to cope.


    If you could take any character from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The son.


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    Donna Renton, WA, United States 12-30-11
    Donna Renton, WA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "hard to follow!"
    Would you listen to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time again? Why?

    no. It isn't the type of book you would need or want to read again. The details described by an austic are overwhelming. Parts of it I wanted to skip. I didn't because I wanted to know how this very difficulte life of this confused child could go anywhere good.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Haddon before, how does this one compare?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the end. It had at least a small bit of something this child could hold on to.


    Any additional comments?

    very hard to follow!

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    galit thornhill, ontario, Canada 12-27-11
    galit thornhill, ontario, Canada 12-27-11
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    "Ok book"
    What did you like best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time? What did you like least?

    The best part of the book was the happy ending. The repetitive lists were a little too much.


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

    Maybe


    What aspect of Jeff Woodman’s performance would you have changed?

    the voice was a bit monotoned


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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