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)
Easily entertained and amused.
I loved everything about this book! I listened from start to finish, the entire 6 hours, uninterrupted.
I know people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The character of Christopher was so much like them that I felt I was actually able to peek in their minds and now everything about them makes sense to me.
Say something about yourself!
It was the amazing way the author helped me to understand how difficult life can be with for a teenager with aspergers.
The reading of the story was wonderful. Woodman used just enough emotion to keep the listener engaged, but he also was pretty true to how a person with asperger syndrome actually sounds. It made me relate so much ore to the character than I would if I was reading it in "my own voice". Amazing performance by Woodman!
No question about it... It was the 2nd train station.
Just a great book. I only bought it because it was on sale for something like $3, so I figured I'd buy it "just in case" I needed something to listen to. It turned out to be one of the best books I've found on Audible!
The idea of writing this mystery story from the point of view of an obviously autistic child is very intriguing. However, as an educator who works with children of all learning levels I find much of this stereotypical. Also, the plot leaves some to be desired, especially the somewhat rushed ending.
The story is fast pacing and from a kids view point of his world. Of course he is autistic and tries to solve his situation. It was a bad move of the father when he told his mother died of a heart attack. It was far from the truth and upsets his home and faith in his father.
No, it's not one I would listen to again as it was sad.
Christopher. His perspective on the world is what made the book interesting.
The story showcases the world as seen by Christopher. It's a unique perspective of the world from a unique mind that reminds us we should put ourselves in others shoes before assuming we understand their actions.
I tried to engage in the characters and story of this book.because I wanted it to be a book that helps the understanding of people with Autism. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen. The extreme details and repeating of the side story of the main character's distorted thinking was just too burdensome to be able to enjoy the plot. Also the way the story presented this it became obvious that the author was presenting this distorted black and white reality as truth, especially the ideas about religion and God. It became so boring and repetitive that I just couldn't finish it, even though I really did want to know the ending.
World's oldest living Jesus Freak
experiencing another's difference
Hearing Christopher describe how he perceives reality, how he experiences other people, and how he thought through the process of embarking on a journey unlike anything he had imagined before.
Having listened to it and NOT read it, I can't imagine that reading it would have been as impactful. Woodman's use of voice for Christopher and for each other person in the story was amazing. I truly believed I was hearing this 15 year old "special" young man share with me what was going on in his head and in his life.
Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.
Ever read a book and at the end don't know whether you enjoyed it or not. This book hooked me from the very start and while it was definitely different and I thoroughly enjoyed the change. Not for everyone, I would listen to the sample and read other reviews as I like strange and different. It also helped me understand the world of Asperger's affected people which is a real bonus.
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.
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