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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
Written by: 
Mark Haddon
Narrated by: 
Jeff Woodman
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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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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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    Aimee AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-12-13
    Aimee AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-12-13
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    "Utterly believeable and quietly moving"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher is fabulous, someone I wish I could know in real life because his approach to problem-solving and his determination to succeed are an inspiration.


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

    Jeff Woodman does an exquisite job of bringing these characters to life in all their flawed humanity. The pain and love of the parents, the bewildered but heroic spirit of the protagonist and his cool use of logic and reason in the face of all difficulties, the patient teacher who equips Christopher with his arsenal of strategies and believes in him -- all were recognizable and I saw bits of me in all of them. I felt tremendous sypmathy for all of these characters through their trials and rejoiced at their victories.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vera Stein 06-11-13
    Vera Stein 06-11-13
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    "Really helps one understand Asperger's"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. It made me understand the rationale for the behavioral characteristics of Asperger's Disease. The book is written very understandably and one can actually empathize with Christopher. I am looking forward to seeing the play which has been running to rave reviews in London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 05-21-13
    Pat 05-21-13
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    "Insights into autism"
    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    His going to London on his own, hiding in the restroom.


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully read and the author really helped me have some awareness of the tremendous difficulties those with autism have, also those close to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ash AR, United States 05-17-13
    Ash AR, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Instant Classic"

    One of the best things I've ever read - the main character is everything Holden Caulfield should have been and more. The writing is spectacular and the narrator delivers a stellar performance. 5.5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    Landslyde Shelties

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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

    johnlane

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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