Jeff Woodman really brought the book to life. He makes it very easy to sympathize with the main character.
The reviews have already said it all. An incredible book with deep characters and fantastic narration. Make sure you are in the mood to listen to a sad story - as someone else mentioned, you will cry.
Excellent story that helps explain the meaning of being human. Seeing the world through Charlie's eyes before and after his transformation opened my eyes to human nature and why compassion and understanding are so important.
It is well crafted Not sure what I could/Would Change
The struggle to understand his new world
Some times I think he was trying to read too much into it
This was a story that was original (I get sick of reading the same old mystery and the same old love story). The characters and story were very devoloped very well. Both interesting and moving.
This is a great and well designed story it captured me slowly but firmly as the book proceeded. An interesting psychological novel on three major topics:
a) The secret horrors of the life of mentally less able persons.
b) The potentially devastating effect of being too intelligent.
c) The Hubris in science
All characters are interesting and lively, vivid, especially the main one and the women he interacts with. The plot has many turns and interesting viewpoints on the life of the main character.
It is also very well narrated, with an almost neutral tone, but still well characterized individual voices. I warmly recommend it.
Former IT guy for over 20 years. Formerly a sports bar owner/operator. Currently a restaurant manager. Trying VERY hard to get back into IT.
I enjoyed the story, good narrator, plot is great and heartbreaking. Sad of the events, but happy for his short experience!
Researcher/oral historian and fitness enthusiast from Austin, TX, currently residing in San Diego. I love to read, but traditional books require a person to be sedentary while reading. Audio books make it possible for me to increase both my physical activity and reading quantity.
Profound and thought provoking. Each minute is worth every penny and more. There's no way you can not love this book.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
When you sell movie rights to book, on average the book will be better. In this case no. I remember the movie, Charley, where Cliff Robertson played the lead role. His portrayal elevated the story to one of my all time favorites. As an analogy I would rate the Shawshank Redemption better as a movie than a Stephen King book. So skip this and find a copy of movie. It will bring tears to your eyes.
This is a clever book in so many ways and it attempts to confront so many social and philosophical questions - questions all the way up to the meaning of life.
I read this story in high school and remember it being pretty good, so I decided to read it again. What I found was a much different book. Now I know why there were rumors about it being provocative. I must have read the cleaned up version, with none of the main character's sexual hang-ups. This book is tragic, sad, and thought provoking. I recommend it for a book club.