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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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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 10-20-06
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 10-20-06

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    "Good insight into Asperger's Syndrome"

    This book will throw you for a loop initially. I had to rewind a couple of times and finally decided just to go with it because it seemed like it was the beginning. I figured out the book's (system) after about listening for 20 minutes.

    Other than that little glitch, it was interesting. Some parts were really annoying but I would assume that this really happens to people with this condiiton.

    I felt the end of the book was a bit disappointing.

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    10-05-06
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    "Tell A Friend"

    This book takes the reader into the life of a child who sees the world from a unique perspective. Both my daughter and I enjoyed this book. The writing style was fresh. A must read.

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    Susan Hopkins, MN, USA 07-29-06
    Susan Hopkins, MN, USA 07-29-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Understanding Autism"

    I listened to this book for our Diversity Book Club at work. It was so helpful in understanding autism--in particular, it demostrates the difficult challenges faced by the families of disabled children. As a society, we need to do all we can do to support families who are raising disabled children.

    This approach of the author really helps the reader (or listener)to understand what it is like to have autism. The autistic child in the first person describes in great detail the events around him, but he can't put together the obvious. It really is a pleasant "who done it" mystery for the listener.

    This book is definitely not for kids. I wish there was a "G" rated version--except for the murder of the dog at the beginning of the story and the constant use of the "F" word, I think it is very educational. I know my son has classmates with autism.

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    Michael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-11-06
    Michael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-11-06
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    "The best audiobook I have ever heard"

    I'm not given to hyperbole. Not only is it a great, fascinating, resonant story, the performance of the narrator is without equal. He effortlessly slips from Christopher's voice to that of his mother, his teacher, neighbors, policemen and other characters, convincingly. I've listened to many, many audio books. Yes, this one's not for kids. But I revisit it time and again, often finding new insights into myself. Trust me -- this is a great listen.

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    Robyn Greensboro, NC, USA 06-09-06
    Robyn Greensboro, NC, USA 06-09-06
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    "Loved It !"

    One of my all time favorites! Great story, super narration. Couldn't put it down.

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    Tanya Chicago, IL, USA 04-17-06
    Tanya Chicago, IL, USA 04-17-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Simply Excellent"

    This audiobook is absolutely exceptional. It's engaging, entertaining, and informative. The author gives remarkable insight into the mind of a boy growing up with an autism-like disorder just as he's about enter a time of crisis. The narrator is equally superb. This is by far the best audiobook I've purchased so far.

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    Etta Wildberry 04-05-06
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    "Excellent, moving, educational"

    A interesting story told by an excellent narrator. The story is told through the perspective of a young boy who has Asberger's syndrome. Through his eyes, we see the a story unfold of a dysfunctional though loving family that is struggling to deal with the young boy's unique needs, painful family issues, lies and the subsequent necessity for rebuilding trust. Excellent.

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    Vegas Pani 03-21-06
    Vegas Pani 03-21-06
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    "Special........ very special"

    A wonderful book... a wonderful listen.
    The narrator does a great job and one becomes immersed in Christopher's world. It holds your interest and gives insight into the world of an autistic child.
    I highly recommend this adventure! Heartwarming, sad, touching, laughable and most certainly lovable.

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    Amy SLIDELL, LA, United States 12-22-05
    Amy SLIDELL, LA, United States 12-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "wow"

    Cool book! I loved the way this was written...the detail & explaination of the narrators thoughts, feelings and experiences was incredible. Listen to this book!

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    Rachel 10-13-05
    Rachel 10-13-05
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    "Incredible Insightful"

    Fabulous novel -- insightful into the life of the protagonist and the lives of the adults in his world. As a mathematician it is a huge insight into our lives and thoughts! Incredible reader.

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