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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Audiobook

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Why we think it's Essential: 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. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    Kameshwar 07-29-15
    Kameshwar 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story and equally amazing Naration"

    The curious incident of the dog at the time - is a amazing story with all ingredients of warmth and grief but I love it for being one of the most creative books I read and it was most beautiful narrated so that u don't need any nuances.

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    Kaylea 07-25-15
    Kaylea 07-25-15
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    I loved it. I got a little bored at the end but overall is was great. I really liked the narrator too!

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    scz 07-23-15
    scz 07-23-15
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    "Damn. Hemingway just went full retard."

    I tease. My congratulations to Dr. Seuss on his brave posthumous attempt at a first novel.

    Anyway, other than the telling (often, and in excruciating detail) rather than showing, my favorite part of the book was the easy to miss FORESHADOWING. Because subtlety is complicated. And stupid. And because I like to think logically. And I like to call everyone stupid, but I myself seem to act stupidly (Kids, do you think the narrator is aware of this contradiction? Well, I want you to think about it and hand in your assignments by the end of the week. Yes Sam, I know that the Third Grade is difficult, but you really need to work!). And because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wanted to communicate with his boy who DIED. But you can't. Because he's DEAD. So he - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that is - wasn't as logical as I am. But he - sic - wrote logical characters. Uccch. I'm groaning. I am making a loud noise with my vocal chords by opening my mouth and moving air from inside my lungs to the outside of my lungs - yes, the very same lungs that I first mentioned. I would go into more detail but my teacher told me that that's not how books work. Uccccch. I'm making noise again. That means that air is vibrating. I want to study Physics. I will get an A. My head is starting to hurt. Because why would you care about someone who is DEAD? Because they are gone FOREVER. Like mother. Who father said was DEAD. The boy was DEAD. My mother is DEAD. Communication. Stupid. Logical. DEAD. Father. London. A-levels. Maths. Stupid. DEAD. Ucccchhh... (OMG what could the author be trying to tell us?? Whaaatt??? The suspense is killing me!!).

    Wait. I found some letters. One isn't enough to get the point across. Should I read them all? Let's see how many I can read before the reader flips and flings the book across the room.

    I'm not sure which was more painful to witness; the author's (seemingly successful) ploy to obscure his inability to write by speaking through a "special" narrator, or the author's desperate attempt at a resolution.

    Props, though, to the performer, for successfully bringing the the author's insipid vision to life.insi

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    Debbie Coad 07-23-15
    Debbie Coad 07-23-15
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    "Great insight"

    Great insight into a person who does not have enough of a voice in the literature. Good for 30 minute stretches of time.

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    Divalalake 07-21-15
    Divalalake 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Clever and Intriguing"

    I'm fascinated by the writers that are taking on the task of characters on the Autism Spectrum. I'm the parent of one and each book is so unique because all people on the spectrum are unique. It gives me insight into what other families may go through. And it rang true with many of the quirks and traits that I've come to see.

    The author did a wonderful job of explaining so many of the trials that friends and family go through when dealing with this, especially the language barriers that can exist and how things can be interpreted. I could "feel" the pain of people speaking with this main character and struggling not to blow up with frustration. And I could understand how the character had such a difficult time with understanding facial expressions.

    I was surprised by the plot twist and toward the end I just couldn't understand how this would all resolve itself! It was a good book and I enjoyed it very much.

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    Norma Dieppa 07-19-15

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    "interesting story involving an autistic child"

    I am not sure if this story was made for children to read or just adults, however, I found it to be very interesting and enjoyable. Great insight. After finishing it, I called my friend who is an officer and son of an autistic child so that he could read it too.

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    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 07-18-15
    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lifetime importance"

    Narrater is perfect as the voice and logic of Christopher. Now I understand some things that I need to know about a brain that thinks like Christopher.

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    Mari 07-17-15
    Mari 07-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining and enlightening!"

    Couldn't stop listening! Haddon reveals Aspergers challenges in fully engaging narrative. Woodman is wonderfully believable.

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    L. Pelto United States 07-17-15
    L. Pelto United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Curious, yes... but a fun listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was a great choice for this book. I tried to read it several years ago, but never heard a voice in my head. Woodman's playful, yet serious voice lended to the overall experience like no other book (well, except Sissy Spacek reading Mockingbird). The lilting of his voice, the tone, pitch and speed as he went over the repetition of the main character was a perfect way to drill home the personality. I think many who choose the paperback over the audio book will love the characters automatically -- but I needed the voice to warm up to it. Loved it!


    What other book might you compare The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to and why?

    Hmm it's unlike any other book. I was actually struck by the originality of the story itself. I found myself falling in love with the characters very soon in the book. I cared. I mentioned Mockingbird before -- but I had a similar feeling reading both. The dad's were both depicted in special relationships with mutual respect between parent and child, and I love that.


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

    I mentioned above that Woodman's voice made it for me. Wonderful voice, perfect in every way.


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

    A special boy, a dead dog, a book, a train and dad that never gives up on his son.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the great ebook!

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    Mark 07-14-15
    Mark 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Kid has Aspergers and Family Trouble"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story does a nice job of helping the reader understand the mind of someone with Aspergers, but it feels like this theme has already been well covered. It doesn't offer anything original and there's no great conflict, great resolution, or great twist. It's just a story about a kid with Aspergers who has family troubles.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    The dad lies to his son and the son flips out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Liked: the narrator's intonations captured the emotion of the main character's voice well. Disliked: the story as a whole feels monotonous when read in a monotonous voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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