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Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

One night, he observes that the neighbor's dog has been killed, since it is not moving and has a large garden fork stuck in its body. Christopher knows this is wrong. He has never left his street on his own before, but now he'll have to in order to find out who killed the dog. What he discovers will shake the very foundation of his perfectly ordered life.

Critically acclaimed author Mark Haddon, a two-time BAFTA winner, crafts a stunning masterpiece that is funny, honest, and incredibly moving.

©2003 Mark Haddon (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

  • Alex Award Winner, 2004

"The novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice." (Publishers Weekly) "Fresh and inventive." (Booklist) "Smart, honest and wrenching....Will quickly hook you in." (San Francisco Chronicle) "Gloriously eccentric and wonderfully intelligent." (The Boston Globe)

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  • Amanda
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 12-07-11

An Unexpected Gift.

What a beautiful, interesting, funny, sad, lovely book. Completely satisfying from start to end, I was engrossed from the very beginning. I initially hesitated, unsure if the plot as summarized would be something that would interest me; I'm so glad I decided to give it a try.

Experiencing the events as they unfolded from the perspective of this sweet boy touched my heart and kept me thoroughly enthralled. Although the book was not told from the viewpoint of the father, it's written in such a way as to have you relate to his experience as well.

For me, this was one of those books that stayed with me all day, playing through my mind at work while I waited for the opportunity to hear more of the story. The narration was fantastic and fit perfectly.

Without a doubt a five star selection.

147 of 151 people found this review helpful

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Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight.

An endearing glimpse, with heart-stirring grit of daily life, into the life of a 15 year-old boy afflicted with an autism-like condition. Very cleverly written from the boy's viewpoint and well-narrated (same narrator as Life of Pi). Lots of pathos, humor, reality, and insight. Do not think you failed to download an early chapter -- this becomes an amusing part of the story, or that you have bought a children's book that can be read to children -- it will deepen all too soon.

90 of 93 people found this review helpful

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A Mom's View

As the mother of a 7-year-old son with Asperger's Syndrome (the type of autism afflicting our protagonist), I found this book both warm and chilling. This book essentially gave me a look inside the mind of my son.

Having a child with autism is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. But as we could see with Christopher's parents, it can be a painful struggle for the family. I found myself thinking, "MY son does that" or "So THAT'S why he does that."

I am so grateful for this author for opening me up to the inside of a person with Asperger's Syndrome. I LOVED this book--and Jeff Woodman's reading was superb!

I have asked all of my friends, family, and loved ones to READ this to understand what our family--and specifically, my son--is going through. It is also enlightening to find stories such as these that do not paint autistic people as "Rainman-like" savants or detached souls rocking incessantly in a corner.

109 of 113 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 05-19-04

A Different View of the World

I found Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time an amazing read. The author's writing skillfully conveys the frustrations and concerns of the protagonist, an autistic teenager, with his world and those of his caregivers with him. This done while maintaining the protagonists point of view and addressing the general themes of trust and safety.

I am a special educator, and, as I read this book, I am reminded of students, past and present, with whom I have worked and work. Their seemingly pointless rituals and behaviors are just as important to them as my morning cup of coffee is to me. They are able to make sense of and feel safe with the world around them by providing it with a structure. The protagonist of the book, Christopher Boone, does this by using his abilities, perceptions, and logic. While using Christopher's words to describe his world and responses to it, the author provides the reader with insight and empathy for the people--including Christopher--in that world. I strongly recommend this book to people working with those who have "special needs."

The author also addresses the universal needs of trust and safety. What happens when trust is loss and feelings of safety, so related to trust, shattered? How are these restored when they are destroyed? Christopher's responses to these losses may be unorthodox, but they are human. The behaviors of those around Christopher are also human. This story is an empathetic portrayal of a human situation. It is, in short, a book to read.

207 of 216 people found this review helpful

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One of our Audible Essentials

In this fascinating look into a unique mind, Jeff Woodman becomes Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome. Never before have I felt so much like I was experiencing the world from someone else's perspective. Christopher's frustrations, social anxieties, and logic felt like my own in this powerful performance.

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  • Diane
  • New Egypt, NJ, USA
  • 06-30-04

An engrossing listen.

I was thankful for the traffic this morning, lengthening my already long drive so that I could enjoy a few more chapters.

I'd recommend this to anyone who is not bound to a rigid story line, and truly think this is a better book to listen to, than to read. I would be tempted to skip bits if I were reading it - something that's impossible in the audio book... and those bits are all part of what makes this book so engrossing. (Where will Christopher's story take us next?)

The narrator, too, is a wonderful bonus, gained as a result of the audio edition. He provides the right tone and voices - far better than my own inner voice.

54 of 56 people found this review helpful

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  • Doreen
  • Kirkland, WA, USA
  • 01-10-05

Parent of an autistic child loves this book

All children with autism are different but as a parent, I found this book particularly interesting because I felt it gave me some insights into how my own son may be viewing the world. This is a very entertaining story. I laughed really hard at some things and found myself crying over others. I've been recommending this book to my friends and family as a way to begin to understand how autism affects our son and as a way to help them begin to ask us questions about it.

43 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 10-09-11

Very Good

I was pleasantly surprised how much I (a 62 year old adult) enjoyed this "children's" book. British "children's" books seem to be more advanced than most (take Neil Gaimen's books such as The Graveyard Book, which is excellent!) The reader of "Currious Incident.." gives a very good performance. The writer gives a fascinating insight into autism. The story is told by an autistic teenager who is determined on solving the murder of a dog in the garden. Family life around him is a mess (mother/father problems), which is also an interesting story. This is a book that you can listen to with your child or grandchild without embarrassment. You will be educated, entlightened and entertained.

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  • Jose
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 06-02-04

Almost perfect

The author does a great job of describing the mind of a child with autism. I was surprised at how many "elements of thought" I recognized from working with such kids over the last 10 years. The narrator did an excellent job as well, however, I was surprised at the amount of inflection in his voice. I would have expected a little more monotone for a child such as Christopher. I love the idea of learning how emotions come through this child who doesn't seem to immediately identify with them.

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Curious George, older version

I had never heard of this author or this book, but when offered as an audible daily deal, it sounded interesting. It was a warm story with lots of surprises. Having it written in first person, by the boy with Asperger's Syndrome made the book that more personable. I am always interested in books that show thinking in a different way and this was different. It was interesting at all times, sometimes I laughed, sometimes I cried and sometimes I was scared.

If you are a fan of Temple G. you should like this. It also reminded me of the Curious George books, only much more adult.


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