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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

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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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    Trish Virginia 11-02-13
    Trish Virginia 11-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Very Unique--"

    Admittedly, I had trouble staying with this book--I almost gave it up several times. Since it is written in the first person by a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome, there were a lot of ramblings--some on-topic, and a lot off-topic. That's where I had trouble hanging on.

    The story is clever and unique--different from anything else I have read. And this book is well written and very well narrated. It clearly brings an awareness to this syndrome and how people deal with its effects.

    It's hard to explain why I didn't especially enjoy it. I understand the ramblings and the math stats (which actually fascinated me--but I'm geeky like that!) are because the main character was who he was, but my mind was wandering constantly. I was pulled back in when he returned to the story. I guess the bottom line is, this book did not keep me engaged and entertained--sadly.

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    Don 11-01-13
    Don 11-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    I loved the different reactions the boy had than I would in similar situations


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This main character was my favorite because I loved hearing his point of view.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked when he was hiding on the train.


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

    I did not have any extreme reactions but had many feel good reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually like books that take place in Britain, but that had no negative effect on this one.

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    Crystal Angier, NC, United States 10-28-13
    Crystal Angier, NC, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Performance"

    This is a very good story and was performed well. Note to parents: be aware that it has typical British language.

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    John 10-26-13
    John 10-26-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.

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    "Great Narrator, Ok Story"
    What did you like best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time? What did you like least?

    I liked the story and do not regret buying this book. I just feel like the author was pushing his beliefs through the kid in the story. The foreshadowing was pretty obvious and I was never really shocked when the surprises were revealed.


    Would you recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to your friends? Why or why not?

    probably not, i would rather have them speak to a person with Autism.


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

    He is a great narrator.


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

    Definitely not


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    Jeanne Pierce Wellington, NV 10-26-13
    Jeanne Pierce Wellington, NV 10-26-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent read"
    If you could sum up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in three words, what would they be?

    If you have any interest in people with autistic disorders, such as Asperger's, you will love this kind and realistic story of a short period in the life of this boy. If you like this one; you will also like "Born on a Blue Day".


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realistic perspective of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many.


    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?

    Christopher


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    Amazon Customer 10-25-13 Member Since 2016
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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


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    Amazon Customer 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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    mk 10-21-13
    mk 10-21-13
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    "I really enjoyed this book."

    The story is excellent and insightful. There is so much I did not know about Aspergers. The story is told through the eyes of Christophe Boone, a 15 year old who has Asperger's Syndrome. I was glued to the book until the very end. I highly recommend.
    The performance was excellent. One reviewer mentioned that the narrator had to much inflection in his voice. I totally disagree.

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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.


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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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