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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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    P. Giorgio 02-02-17
    P. Giorgio 02-02-17

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    "Too long for material; worth the credit, tho. 3.5*"

    Might have been shorter, as this "review" might have been!!!

    The author seems to think the reader is stupid and does not "get" the "mental illness" from which Edward/Teddy suffers. We get it in the first 20 pages. I understand that the writer wants to hammer home the OCD aspect and how difficult it will be for Edward to even consider changing some of his rituals. His problems are deeper than OCD, however.

    The best part was in the middle when Edward spontaneously does "the right thing" -- naturally breaking some years-long habits for good reason. At this point, I felt Edward, like the rest of us, are just waiting for the opportunity to do the right thing.

    Much contention between major characters comprised the third quarter; but the contention came a bit late. While we are introduced to his father and other irritants early on, his mother is nearly absent until the end. When the BIG THING happens, Edward is freed from his "prison", not quite ready to run naked in the streets, but he has reconsidered some of his old ways. His therapist is very good, believable and key to Edward's understanding of events and reactions.

    In one sense, in retrospect, the story tasted like pablum as it delivered moral and social messages, reminding the reader to be aware of what is not seen, of understanding the peccadillos animated in folks who otherwise suffer silently.

    Edward's changes are initiated first by his long-time therapy, then by the insertion of a new neighbor and a child -- in itself common launching point for fictional self-realization and change. But this is a good use of the device. The neighbor is not sugary sweet, and not needy, beyond the need we all have for friendship. Everyone learns the importance of community in this story.

    I liked it, would recommend it on a long train ride, as some of the middle repetitions (I get it--OCD) become tiresome. I found myself reciting what I knew Edward would say in response to his encounters with certain television shows, analyses of situations, etc. Edward is very, very bright, intuitive and not without empathy.

    One thing that DOES annoy me about the entire book: Edward, for all his brilliance and social savvy, never once says Thank you. Never once uses any kind of expected social currency in his interactions. He simply grunts. If that is part of his spectrum, the author should have added that to his lengthy demonstrations of Edward's shortcomings. Perhaps it is a habit of the writer? Not casting aspersions, just wondering about it.

    This is an intimate work of fiction. The author may have some knowledge of the nature Edward's illness. Perhaps he grew up with an Edward in his life and this is an homage.

    The story finishes on a high note... not a big resolution or "miracle cure," thank God, but a hopefulness, a new journey, etc. I suspect there is or will be, and there certainly could be a sequel. Edward is an interesting character. In him, I found aspects of myself and people I know. I too rely on comfortable habits in my own life.

    Edward is like a torch in public, many situations that we endure every day are potential volcanoes on any given day, given the stresses inherent in our modern society. Edward seems to ignite the calm into fire, from which rescue -- legal and physical -- are often necessary.

    Frequently, in what I call "psych" novels, grocery stores are cauldrons for meltdowns, revelations, and confrontations. I do wonder what the connection might exist between a hunting/gathering activity like food shopping and the community/exposure requirement of our modern civilization. Just thinking aloud.

    There is a single paragraph mid-book that foreshadows a pleasant turn of events on the final pages. Everyone will see it, everyone will know there is a connection yet to be made. Gratefully, the author did it right.

    The narrator was excellent with voices, inflections and pacing.

    So, I give it a 3.5.... the potential is there. It took too long to get to the real story, and much time was wasted on the proof that Edward is not "normal."

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    Laura D. Cantu Pasadena, CA 01-27-17
    Laura D. Cantu Pasadena, CA 01-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "enjoyable book!"

    touching story. I enjoyed it very much and I'm looking forward to reading the next story about Edward Stanton.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-17 Member Since 2010
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    "enjoyable, insightful read"

    I always love Luke Daniel's narration and I want disappointed here.
    The story was good and I thought it provided a clear and intimate look into mind of a person with Asperger's. Not a lot of excitement but a well- written story.

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    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 12-31-16
    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 12-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Ausgezeichnet"

    I love the word Ausgezeichnet! It's German for excellent and maybe Edward would add it to his list of favorite words. The story really is excellent and Luke Daniels perfect!!! (I don't know the German word for perfect but I loved this book)

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    KERI Hart 12-11-16
    KERI Hart 12-11-16 Member Since 2014

    road (and plane) warrior

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    "Great Find"

    I was not expecting such a great read. The characters are complex and I found myself becoming so close to them I hated to see the book end. Great to see such a positive story about Aspbergers!!

    I highly recommend this great find.

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    Amazon Customer 11-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully Done"
    Where does 600 Hours of Edward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the book, its theme, its authenticity


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

    the Garth Brooks incident


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You could hear mirth in his voice when he read the funny parts - makes you want to laugh with him.


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

    I prefer facts.


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    connie 11-01-16
    connie 11-01-16
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    "unexpected surprise"

    I didn't realize how much I would enjoy these books. The author does a good job of letting one see into the mind of Edward.

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    christy Wisconsin 10-30-16
    christy Wisconsin 10-30-16 Member Since 2016

    Books are an integral part of my mental health, intellectual stimulation and social networking!

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    "Loved this story and Characters"

    Well, remember, I am a psychologist so I am drawn to novels about mental health and mental illness. This was great - story and narration! A tribute to anyone who might be exposed to or experiencing any mental health problems or happens to pay attention to the people around them!

    Edward is a very likable character, strong in personality, yet humbled. The way the author navigates Edwards daily experiences reflects compassion and empathy regarding OCD and Aspergers. I would love to see another 600 hours of Edward someday to hear all about how he is doing within his relationships as he takes more risks to engage others.

    For those who are looking for a good story about the human experience would also appreciate this. It is not necessary for you to be looking for a mental health story to enjoy this novel. Enjoy!! You will go through this novel fast!

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    Terri 10-19-16
    Terri 10-19-16
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    "Great, I really enjoyed this book."

    I was moved by the story, and the performance was great. I would like to listen to more.

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    Amazon Customer 10-17-16
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    "This One Grabbed My Heart"

    The first hour or so of this book seemed kind of boring, as Edward was so stuck in his routines and emotionally flat. He then started to show some tentative, albeit emotionally complicated, connections with people. The story line moved along as Edward started to become more aware of his feelings and had to sort them out in various situations which grew more complex. Luke Daniels, the narrator, brought so much realism and depth to the feelings of the various characters. I almost could not believe how one narrator could nail so many different voices so brilliantly. This book held my interest throughout and left me feeling really good about humanity.

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