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
"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)
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
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.
I loved the different reactions the boy had than I would in similar situations
This main character was my favorite because I loved hearing his point of view.
I liked when he was hiding on the train.
I did not have any extreme reactions but had many feel good reactions.
I don't usually like books that take place in Britain, but that had no negative effect on this one.
This is a very good story and was performed well. Note to parents: be aware that it has typical British language.
I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.
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.
probably not, i would rather have them speak to a person with Autism.
He is a great narrator.
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".
The realistic perspective of the book.
The story was very interesting. I loved the dynamics between Christopher and his family. This book definitely hooks you right away.
Yes. The author has an incredibly imaginative voice, and really brings to life the characteristics of an autistic child. Very well written.
The narrative was a bit repetitive at times.
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.
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.
love to read, but don't have much time for reading for pleasure. That's why I love audible.
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.
One of the most memorable moments was when Christopher used his experience with video games to get through a difficult and scary situation.
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 I could rename this book, I would call it "From One Dog to Another; Learning to Trust Again.
It felt genuine, and the narrator was amazing.
He really brings out the puzzlement of the main character. You can feel the gears turning.
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