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600 Hours of Edward Audiobook

600 Hours of Edward

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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.

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    Aaron 04-24-17
    Aaron 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A day in a life with Asperger's"

    Occasionally I will listen to a book like this (and sometimes I will even enjoy it); A book told in first-person narrative about someone struggling through ordinary daily problems, while struggling with extraordinary personal handicaps.

    The main character, Edward, is struggling to navigate a world that he doesn't fully relate. His perspective doesn't line up with how other people see the world. From the outside Edward looks like everybody else, except that he does not have a filter for his thoughts, and his logical brain cannot process irrational or disorganized ideas other's may have. He has little patience for other's thoughts if they run contrary to his own. This gets Edward into trouble ("the Garth Brooks incident", for example).

    "600 Hours of Edward" is told from the perspective of someone struggling with OCD and Asperger's, but has learned with counselling to be higher-functioning. He displays stereotypical "idiot savant" reactions to the daily perplexities of life, and can sometimes come of simultaneously as absurd, mentally retarded, brilliant, and extremely rude.

    There is a misunderstanding in our culture about Asperger's and Autism in general. Most people have some idea what it is, but may not fully understand it. This book does a good job of humanizing the struggle of people who can sometimes come off as insensitive, robotic, or anti-social. In the end, the reader feels strongly for the characters, even though they may not yet understand what makes him tick, because let's face it, they think differently than most people.

    The plot has enough continuous forward momentum as to keep the story interesting. It starts during a very tumultuous time in the character's life, so we learn how he responds to change (a very difficult thing for Edward to do), and are not certain what effect this shakeup will ultimately have on Edward's life and emotional stability.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 12-23-15
    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 12-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Third Favorite"

    This is my third favorite of the "difficult narrator" books that I've listened to this year. Number one is A Man Called Ove; Two is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and this is a distant third. The editing isn't quite as tight which matters when I'm listening and can't skim like I can while reading. Edward's quirks are midwestern (Dallas football, old TV shows, Banquet frozen dinners) which is a bit prosaic, but the reason I'm putting it in my top three is this book has a lot of HEART. And that's what gets me every time.

    Recommend.

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    Angela Spring Valley, CA, United States 03-02-14
    Angela Spring Valley, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A nice read"
    Where does 600 Hours of Edward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked it. I liked it so much, I'm going to read it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 600 Hours of Edward?

    Edward's letter from his father, and how he reacted and processed the information.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Edward's date with Joy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Edward has a very logical story....


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Novie E. Lee 01-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Unexpectedly charming!"

    After reading reviews on "Edward Adrift", a sale item, I purchased this book at the same time. I am so glad I did! I have now read them both, and they kept me captivated for an entire weekend. "600 Hours of Edward" is the precursor to the second volume. This is a tale of a man with Asberger's Syndrome with a heavy dose of OCD.

    The disease is never mentioned in this book, but after a very short while, I got the picture that there was something peculiar (I love that word - peculiar) about him. I have been in Edward's head, dealing with his everyday problems of being "developmentally disabled, not stupid" and being so sad for this 39-year-old man who's comfort zone is so restrictive that for most people, his actions are incomprehensible.

    But as his narrative unfolds, he just wormed his way into my heart. After the Garth Brooks incident, which is never really explained, he is thrown out of his parent's home and set up in a little two-bedroom flat, a few miles away. Here he leads a monastery-like life, self-regimented by daily lists and timed activities. He struggles to understand his larger-than-life, good ole boy father who communicates with him through his lawyer. His lone champion, therapist Dr. Buckley, deftly encourages him to discover coping skills for his problems.

    Edward is thwarted (I love that word - thwarted) at every turn. Every opportunity to expand his realm of existence is squashed by his father, with threatening letters and contractual agreements which imprison him in his lonely regimented existence. His mother is no help at all, and at their monthly dinners at his parent's home, she is distant, leaving Edward to deal with his father's accusatory conversation which usually ends up in a quarrel between father and son.

    I can't tell you any more. You HAVE to read this book. It ends with the unexpected death of his father, and what happens after that can be found in Craig Lancaster's sequel, "Edward Adrift". You HAVE to read that book also.

    Luke Daniel's narration is perfect. Enough said.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-14-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A sheer delight"

    This was such an unexpected treat. Touching. Funny. Real. And ultimately uplifting.

    The narration is also perfect. In fact, I went in search of more books read by this author and found, to my extreme surprise, that there was a sequel. Of course I downloaded it, knowing that it could never match "600 Hours," but I was simply glad not to have to let go of Edward just yet.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 05-11-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "i liked this story. it was a different kind of boo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    it was a refreshing story. i was entertained. there were no big moments but it was just a nice story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 600 Hours of Edward?

    when edward read the letter from his father.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    very good!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i smiled at many parts. i liked the ending too.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    The Dark Side 10-08-16 Member Since 2013

    I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .

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    "600 Hundred Hours of Edward .. don't give up ."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 600 Hours of Edward to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 600 Hours of Edward?

    When he meets his young neighbor .


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Ed !!


    Who was the most memorable character of 600 Hours of Edward and why?

    Edward himself. Despite his multitude of boundaries his honesty is very endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts a little annoying and repetitive. But .. is so funny and heartwarming when he starts taking the advice offered by his acquaintances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 10-08-16
    A. Yoshida 10-08-16
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    "Edward with Asperger's Syndrome and OCD"

    In 25 days (600 hours), you see how 39-year-old Edward with Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD experience life. He is constantly struggling between building relationships with people and trying to keep to his routines. He is a good person who is often misunderstood by others and even by his own parents. I think the book could have used one more chapter at the end.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 10-06-16
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 10-06-16 Member Since 2012

    Audiophile

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    "hard to put down"

    beautiful read! Luke Daniels does great voices!

    Heartwarming but not cloying, Tender but not sappy. wonderful characters, a dad who approaches mean but never really gets close to being so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sugarpucker 08-15-14
    Sugarpucker 08-15-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

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    "Great Read/Listen"

    This book is great. It is very moving. Not in a 'you need lots of tissues' way, but in a 'you will feel feelings and gain perspective' kind of way. It is also very entertaining. There are lots of funny bits. I am glad I listened to it. There is a second book: Edward Adrift that is also excellent.

    The narrator is also amazing. I would recommend reading anything Luke Daniel narrates. He has not disappointed me yet and I have listened to several books he's narrated. In fact, I have specifically chosen books to listen to because he narrated them.

    If you liked these books, you may like the Rosie Project.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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