A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).
But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.
Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’ classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.
©2012 Craig Lancaster (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I cannot say exactly what made this book so special. The author uses a narrative tool that has been used fairly frequently recently and uses it very well. The main character's developmental problems are often trivialized as nothing more than idiocynracies or quirks in other books. This book treats the psychological problems of Edward quite seriously. And yet he uses them to slowly let you meet then understand Edward and the people who inhabit his life, those that are real and those that live in Edward's favorite TV show.
The lessons Edward learns as he slowly and belatedly grows up, the hurts he suffers, the irrational habits he cannot help, the relationships he struggles with, the slights he feel that always result in complaint letters, all of them help you understand a very complicated man. The author understands his character and uses these tools to help you understand him as well.
The narrator does a great job, although I would swear that Sam Elliott steps in and does the voice of Edward's father.
I really recommend this book. It is complex, layered, detailed and yet really, quite simple.
I always fear (and sometimes avoid) stories that have disability or impairment as central to the theme because of the tendency authors have to turn every person with disability into a life affirming angel or a sex crazed villain - and not much in between.
However, knowing a little about OCD I was well prepared.
What I wasnt prepared for was how well the topic was presented and how interestingly the main character was portrayed. Edward very quickly became a person I would gladly live next door to. Craig Lancaster has written a wonderful story for his first novel. Lets hope for more.
I have not read the print version but the narration brought Edward to life.
I thoroughly enjoyed Edwards letters of complaint and how they evolved toward the end. I also enjoyed the evolution of his relationships. There were far too many memorable moments throughout this book to highlight any one in particular.
Of all the narrations of all the audiobooks I have ever listened to, Luke Daniels surpassed them all! I feel the narration was critical to this story in particular to capture the many quirks and eccentricities of Edward. Luke Daniels nailed Edwards character in addition to the other characters of this book. He did an extraordinary job, even down to the slightest fluctuations of voice such as Edward remarking on words that he loved, which were expressed with pure delight. You could feel every one of Edwards highs and lows throughout the book. I enjoyed every second of it!
The letter from his father!
This is the type of book that comes around once every ten years. It is masterfully written. It is technical and creative writing at it's very best. Although the ending was superb, I grieved when it was over as I never wanted it to end. There was so much depth and humanity to the characters of this book and I genuinely cared about every one of them. I especially adored Edward. I wish I could be his neighbor and friend.
it was a refreshing story. i was entertained. there were no big moments but it was just a nice story.
when edward read the letter from his father.
i smiled at many parts. i liked the ending too.
i would have loved to have known more about edward's Father. i don't know why his Mother did not make more efforts to keep in touch with what was going on with edward.
i liked his consistancy
yes... i could relate to this book in many different ways... more so than people may think.. it touched me ...... greatly.... hard to explain
i would recommend this book to anyone who suffers from assburgers(sp??) syndrome.. very relateable... loved it!!!!
I would recommend this audiobook to my friends who lilke intricate characters, a "real" story about adults trying to overcome their various difficulties in order to find a place in the world. This book reminded me of Ron McLarty's fantastic, whimsical THE MEMORY OF RUNNING, in that both books show how a lonely man grows and changes when circumstances force it.
I loved 39-year-old OCD/Asbergers sufferer (that seems llke soooo not the right word) interacts with 9-year-old Kyle. I love how Kyle looks at Edward without judgment and how he teaches Edward to laugh again and that disaster will not strike if he gets out of his routine.
i've never heard anything else that he's done, but I think he did a nice job here. I particularly want to commend his interpretation of the female characters. So often male narrators can ruin a book by making the women sound fake, shrill and just annoying. He did a lovely job here bringing Donna to life, and illuminating her sensitivity, her frailties, her kindness.
Oh, I think a dinner with Edward, Kyle, and Donna would be really fun. I'd love to see all their different personalities mix and bounce off one another. Would Edward order spaghetti, you think?
If you liked MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND or THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, you will enjoy this short, sweet book immensely.
This is a great book and the narration is excellent. I loved how I felt so involved in Edward's daily life.
When Edward meets Kyle for the first time.
Kyle..Luke Daniels portrayed the boy so well. He is a character who features infrequently but plays a pivotal role in Edward's life.
At times, I found myself laughing out loud. (Though the basis of the story is no laughing matter.) At other times, I cried with Edward as he faced the challenges of everyday life and relationships.
600 Hours of Edward focuses on accomplishments. It is a heartwarming story that shows us what we can achieve if we take one step at a time. It clearly demonstrates what the human spirit is capable of if one is determined enough. The narrator is superb. If you love an underdog, this book will appeal to you. Give it a try.
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(Spoiler Alert) Ending was not believable. Edward's father dies, then suddenly Edward can try new things a break his rigid rituals.
I loved hearing the voice and thoughts of Edward.
The performance made the character alive and believable.
The book made me laugh out loud as well as cry!
carefully because of the language
the final "letter" Edward recives from his father
he does a very good narration
When will we get a rating system or better yet family friendly versions of these great books?
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