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Look Me in the Eye Audiobook

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

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Publisher's Summary

Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people. But by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, including an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS. Later, he drifted into a "real" job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be "normal" and do what he simply couldn't: communicate. It was not until he was 40 that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger's syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself - and the world.

A born storyteller, Robison takes you inside the head of a boy teachers and other adults regarded as "defective". He also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents: the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs.

Ultimately, this is the story of Robison's journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner. It's a strange, sly, indelible account, sometimes alien, yet always deeply human.

©2007 John Elder Robison; (P)2007 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Thoughtful and thoroughly memorable." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ashley SANDPOINT, ID, United States 11-17-13
    Ashley SANDPOINT, ID, United States 11-17-13
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    "Understanding Asperger's"
    If you could sum up Look Me in the Eye in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this book initially to help myself better understand those with Asperger's Syndrome. Not only did I feel that this book gave me a greater understanding of those with Asperger's, it was also just a wonderful story, that grabbed my attention, and kept me listening. I loved the author's candid discussion of his inner thoughts and feelings growing up in a world that did not understand, or accurately diagnose him.


    What other book might you compare Look Me in the Eye to and why?

    It had somewhat of a David Sedaris quality to it


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 01-29-15
    Shane 01-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thank You"

    My wife was recently diagnosed with Aspergers (bad speller) and your story helped me understand her better. However it was a great book on its own and I highly recommend it.

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    Alec 09-15-17
    Alec 09-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "🖒👍"

    I wish this was unabridged. it was amazing to have him read his own story to me

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    Amazon Customer 08-21-17
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    "Boring af"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one because it is bad, stupid, and dumb. I died reading the book rip me


    What was most disappointing about John Elder Robison’s story?

    aspergians because they are scary and confusing


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Elder Robison’s performances?

    NO, cuz his voice is annoying af and he is an old man


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Look Me in the Eye?

    ALL OF THEM


    Any additional comments?

    Kill yourself

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    Perla 07-02-17
    Perla 07-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and Captivating"

    I enjoyed Mr Robison's personal story. It held my attention thoroughly and at times brought tears to my eyes. My grandson shows signs of being on the spectrum and this story has given me an understanding of what might go through his head. He too is an avid lover of trains. I will recommend this book to my daughter his mother and my husband! Thank you Mr Robison for sharing your story!

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    lachelle cucinella 06-01-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "Very insightful great story"

    Loved John Elders story very interesting guy. Would love to see a movie about John.

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    Nate Broome 05-17-16
    Nate Broome 05-17-16
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    "Good read, but a lot of slow spots"

    I enjoyed this book, but I hate to admit that it had too many slow spots that dragged on longer than necessary which may be related to his autistic traits.

    And I felt he promoted his brothers books (Augusten Burroughs, another famous author as well) far too much. I had the impression that he was coaxed into "name dropping."

    Besides that, I was interesting to hear him explain his point of view through the eyes of an autistic child.

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    Books only Sylmar, CA, United States 05-04-16
    Books only Sylmar, CA, United States 05-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not too bad"

    I'll just say this book is interesting and enlightening. I do wish there would have been more about Asperger's and less about his life but still. A fascinating story, I'd recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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