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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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    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-27-13
    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012

    This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.

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    "An excessively mediated window into autism"

    Christopher is an autistic savant, a 15-year old who can do advanced maths, remember in extreme detail and pay attention to detail. He does not like being touched, yellow, lies and metaphors. Christopher's life, narrated in the first person, is the subject of this book and, for the reader, an opportunity to perceive things around through a different mind. The curious story of the dog, or so it is stated in the title, is little more than an excuse to push Christopher away from his daily routine.

    I wish I liked the book, it is fresh and read with great skill, yet, it becomes quickly apparent that the author is overwhelmed by the difficulties of the subject. There are two risks when writing a first-person about autism. The first risk is to take the matter too seriously, and write it in a way that takes into autistic solipsism, the kind that has completely shut down the outside world. The second risk is to take the matter too lightly, and write a first-person narrative that does not ring true and is only the mediation of Christopher's feelings by a non-autistic narrator.

    For some reason, the book manages to have these two shortcomings. Certainly, Christopher's world does not shut down, and there is an extraordinary world of perceptions around him. However, any other characters beyond himself is reduced to caricature. I wished that the author had used objective events to give flesh to more than one person. As to the second risk, Christopher's actions ring true but what he writes and how he communicates in the first person does not. The first-person narrator is not Christopher but a third person who is explaining what Christopher thinks and how other people around him feel. It makes the entire reading very odd and uneasy. The treatment of the subject pales in comparison to a classic like Flowers for Algernon, to give just one example.

    But it is a challenging subject and, as such, I do recommend to anyone who is willing to try something unique.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SueAnne Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-06-12
    SueAnne Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story, particularly to anyone is who is familiar with, or has in their family, someone with Ausberger's syndrome. I appreciated that no character, including Christopher, was romanticized. The author showed you their dilemma from all angles, including the parents who were struggling to balance their lives. I wanted to dislike Christopher's parents, but could not get past my sympathies for both. They so desparately needed the help of a professional.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher. Although he would not welcome it, you just wanted to hug him as he struggled with situations that he knew quite well were beyond him.


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

    I have not, but enjoyed his performance very much


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 10-20-12
    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2008

    A Book and a Cat: Nothing more

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    "Unique Perspective Makes the Story"

    Mark Haddon creates a magnificent novel employing the voice of a teenaged boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. One is carried through the plot through the stilted and quirky thoughts of one who does not think in the same ways as other people do. Skillful narration completes the package. Credit worthy, unless you like shoot-em-ups!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monica L. Stathers CT, USA 10-16-12
    Monica L. Stathers CT, USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2012

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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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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Makes Autism Come Alive"
    Would you listen to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time again? Why?

    I really enjoyed the story but I don't think it is a book you listen to again.


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

    I would compare it to Middlesex, my favorite Audible book so far. It shows a life totally foreign to my own.


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

    Christopher Boone. He is not only the main character, he is in every scene.


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

    Close, but not one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I like it. It made me appreciate what it would be like to have a brain disorder.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 07-27-12
    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit gritty, a bit, but overall a good story"
    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    I liked that the story was told from the point of view of Christopher. I feel this will give people some insight as to how someone with autism or aspergers views and experiences the world.


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    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 07-12-12
    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Special"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook. The writing is fresh and the narration is practically perfect. This is one of my favorite books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The odd but wonderfully sensitive and amusing perspective of the story.


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

    He brings the main character to life.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane/Neal 06-04-12
    Jane/Neal 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engrossing, poignant, occasionally startling"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High on my recommendation list from today onward. It seemed a bit slow-going & a tad confusing for the first minute or two, but I was quickly drawn in to listen whenever I had a few minutes to spare.


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

    Written from the point-of-view of a 15-year-old boy with Aspergers, this is unlike any book I remember reading.


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

    Jeff Woodman is spot-on with tone & inflection for all of the characters. I'll definitely look for more of his performances.


    Any additional comments?

    With Aspergers in our family, I found this book both emotionally moving & soberly realistic. Relating to people with Aspergers has to be on their terms. The greatest frustration is thinking you need to "change" or "fix" the person's perceptions (or that you CAN change them). The book deals with the tensions of parental love & understandable frustration in a sensitive way.

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    John 06-04-12
    John 06-04-12 Member Since 2012

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    "First-person novel with remarkable insight"
    Would you listen to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time again? Why?

    Yes. I am sure there are subtleties I missed the first time.


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

    "Flowers for Algernon". The protagonist in both books are both mentally impaired and the author is sympathetic.


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

    Christopher


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Haddon appears to have observed people with this mental affliction and the people who care for them deeply and in depth and has brought his understanding to his readers. I liked the dog, too, although he had only a small part.

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    Crystal California 05-22-12
    Crystal California 05-22-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointed"

    I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't listen for very long. The vulgar language was too offensive. I would not recommend this book for that reason. I listened beyond the initial foul language hoping that was it, but it wasn't. If I had known about the foul language, I would have avoided the book. I wasted my money.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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