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Publisher's Summary

This book has been adapted for audio and is partly dramatised.

"The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog."

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Please Note: this title starts at Chapter 2. The main character has a preference for prime numbers, so he numbers his chapters according to primes: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 etc.

©2003 Mark Haddon; (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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"A beautifully written book.... Warm and often funny" (Daily Telegraph [London])

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Great Book, Curious Narration

The book is great. The story well done. The narration? Not so much. Quality is good, but somewhere between the printed word and the audio, someone just didn't "get it." I suspect the author would be quite upset at the cringeworthy slip-ups in his story. For example, the main character, who lives with some sort of autistic spectrum disorder, says that he counts powers of two in his head to calm himself, and "got up to 33,554,432, which is two hundred and twenty-five." That was allowed, despite making no sense to either the narrator or the producer. What was no doubt written was "two to the power of twenty-five." Also, the chapters are all meant to be prime-numbered. How on Earth is there a Chapter 176 in the audio version, then? Another case of not "getting" it. If you want to hear a good story, but this lack of attention to detail would irritate you, just hold your breath and count to 32,768, which is 215.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • YEONSU
  • Hapcheon-gun, Korea (South)
  • 09-04-10

very well dramatized

This is my first audio novel and I loved it!! I listened when I got time and I ended up with loving this little boy, Christopher a lot! I was so moved and realized how this easy read novel can achieve so many things to readers. I appreciate the Audible.com and the author and the young narrator Ben Tibber. You gave me a great joy in a while ;)

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  • Allan
  • TennysonAustralia
  • 10-17-08

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mike Hadden's front of seat suspense that I had me using my Tom Tom and car as frequently as possible.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story!

What an amazing experience it was to listen to this incredible story! Just loved it!

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Gripping

Just wow. What a magnificent performance. Listening from the unique perspective of a boy with Asperger's was eye-opening. It made me think a lot about how differently we all see the world, and that the "mundane" is as about common as "common sense".

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the first time I finished an audiobook!

An in-depth reality of a child with a complicated condition such as Asperger's. The book takes you to a stunning mind and how it works. Mark Haddon went all out for this as understanding a child is no joke. The narration was gripping with all the secondary characters and I made it through the end.
The reason I struggle with audiobooks is because I always thought they were too slow for me and I could get done faster. But then I decided to give it one more try, and ended up at audible. I wanted to finish it this time no matter how slow it got, but it never did. The story was great and narration fantastic, I could listen to it while walking, cleaning, working, etc. It was a mode of being closer to stories at the most inaccessible times. Audible made it really easy and amazing, thank you!

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The performance of the book was amazing

The book is so well written but the performance of it was the highlight for us. We listened to it on a road trip and it made the journey so much more enjoyable.

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Excellent performance!!

The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It's not very challenging. I thought the "science talk" was a little forced and it didn't seem natural. But that is about the only dislikes I had.

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Bird's3 Eye View

Wonderfully articulated description of life's perspective from Christopher who sees and experiences the world in an entirely different manner than me.

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My Favorite Little Sociopath! (Recommended)

First of all, let me say that the performance is outstanding. Absolutely wonderful dramatization! Let’s cut to the conclusion and you decide if you want to continue reading this review. I liked it and it was definitely worth a read. I just gave it three stars because the author could have done a much better job developing the plot.

Now let’s jump to the full review.

The book is told from the point of view of a child with Asperger’s syndrome (not mentioned in the book). First person point of view means that the book will not have a whole lot of description; the author loses the ability of showing instead of telling, but it works just fine in this book.

Unless you are one of those people who hate society’s “mollycoddling” of children with disabilities, you will immediately side with Christopher and find that he is a very likeable little guy. I enjoyed his story telling style, even if at times he got repetitive due to his autistic obsessions.

The book starts when Wellington the dog gets murdered with a garden fork, and Christopher decides to investigate the case, getting in trouble in the process. The murder mystery takes about half the book. The problem is that, by the time you reach half the book, the murder mystery ends and Christopher embarks on a journey to find his dead mother. Is she really dead? Is she still alive? Those are good questions and make for an interesting plot, but the AUTHOR ENDS UP WITH TWO STORIES HALF BAKED: neither the murder mystery is properly developed, nor the story about Christopher’s mother!

To make matters worse, the author exploits Christopher’s disability by making him engage in highly anti-social behavior and putting extremely dangerous sociopathic ideas into his head, which Christopher will gladly share with you. Like the book, this strategy works only half way: On one hand, the tension increases as the reader worries about the Christopher’s safety and the wellbeing of his potential victims. On the other hand, Christopher ends up losing the good will of the reader. Christopher slowly becomes an UNLIKEABLE character. And that is a near-fatal flaw in this book.

By the time you reach three quarters of the book, NONE of the characters are likeable. You do want to know how the story ends, after all you ended up investing four hours of your life, and a credit, and you did enjoy most of the listening experience. While you still want the book to have a good ending, the reality is that you do not care that much what happens to them.

I feel “The Curious Incident…” could have been a great book, if the author would have chosen to develop the murder mystery further, and given up on the story about finding his mother. It would have been a better story and the plot would have aligned better with the title. Christopher’s anti-social side shouldn’t have been exposed so much as to make him unlikeable. Not to mention, that gives autistic children a bad name, and they are very sweet children.

Do I recommend it? If I had a penny for every book where the first half is great and the second half sucks, I’d be rich, so go for it. Besides, the second half doesn’t suck, it just could have been better. And the performance is great. As the tittle of the review indicates, yes, I recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • 03-15-06

Fantastic

This book is one of those that starts you off slowly...almost turned it off at one point and gave up. It is an amazing insight into the mind of a child who has aspergers and you really see and understand him. He takes you into his logical mind and explains everything from his perspective. Absolutely fantastic. Didn't want my car journeys to end!

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  • John
  • 11-03-09

An excellent book

I had this book recommended by a friend, although she had read it hard copy rather than the audio version. I was somewhat wary of the book to be honest as I have an autistic son, and wondered how exactly it would unfold, would it make those who suffer from autism sound like weirdos? Would it just caricature them? Instead what I got was a superb piece of writing which gives anyone who does not know someone who is autistic a view of the world they try to make sense of in a sensitive manner. The book isn't really there to explore autism but does give a perspective that non-sufferers can understand. I can identify with the characters that are well written and believable and I found myself really caring for the them and wanting things to work out, for my money the true mark of a writer is how good they are in creating engaging characters and I must admit I felt that Mark Haddon excels in this. Any audiobook is only as good as the narrator and I felt that Ben Tibber was first class. Thanks to both the author and narrator, I really enjoyed this book.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurel
  • 04-28-09

Original, entertaining and insightful

What a great audiobook! And the dramatisation makes it come to life ? much better than just reading. The main character and narrator Christopher is a delightful creation and the supporting characters are all really well drawn. The book provides an absorbing and believable insight into the mind of a child with Asperger?s and helped me to understand a little more of the challenges of living with this condition and how family members cope. It is simultaneously heart-warming, witty and sad.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Himanshu
  • 11-23-06

A great audiobook

Untill i started listening to the audiobook i had no idea what it was about. For the benefit of others I will say its a first person account of the thoughts of an autistic boy which are sotiimes amusing, sometimes surprising, sometimes totally insane- but always honestly potraying what it must be to suffer from such a socially disabling disease and its implications for his family and society. Where the book excels is the excellent full cast narration - you can feel the warmth and emotions of all the characters. There is some background music appropriate to the narration, its reasonably fast paced and leaves you with some basic human values to reflect on.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-29-14

Superb!

Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Unabridged) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audiobook. It will be hard to beat though, the young reader made you relate to the vulnerability of the character 'Christopher'.

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

The way the story made listeners understand the difficulties that people with aspergers and those around them are affected.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes if I had time I would have listened all at once.

Any additional comments?

At first was sceptical with having a son with aspergers. A good friend recommended and so I bought this title. This was well put together and didn't humiliate persons with this condition but empathises and educates those with no or little understanding of ASD. I would recommend anyone to read/listen to this book. I thought the child that read the part of Christopher was a good choice and helped you realise the vulnerability and reminded you of his age. Excellent

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Neill
  • 07-22-12

Beautifully produced. Wonderfully read

Beautifully produced. Wonderfully read by young Mark Haddon. Although much younger that the main character it communicates his moving innocence

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-29-11

great book & reader, annoying musical interludes

this is a really great book, and mark haddon is an excellent reader. the only problem i have with it is the grating musical interludes which are meant to signal separate parts of the text - breaks between chapters or something. my problem with these are as follows: 1) they are irritating little earworms which sound like they have been played with one finger on a very early model Casio organ, or one of those novelty electronic keyboard-kazoo instruments, set to 'Oboe' 2) as it is not possible to ascertain what exactly they are meant to be signaling, a simple brief silent pause would do just as well. audio book listeners are not idiots, if the sound goes quiet for a moment we are not going to think the download is broken
3) they jar horribly with the mood of the book and cumulatively threaten to ruin it

do not let this put you off- the book is really, really good and this is otherwise a great recording - i'm writing this in the hope that whoever makes these books will cease and desist from horrid little 'innovations' like this that are meant to guide and/or enhance- but in fact have a highly detrimental impact on- the listening experience

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • mollyeyre
  • 01-19-13

Not what I expected

This book is really very interesting, I have an autistic grandson - and it is really fascinating to hear about the way that the autistic mind works. I recognised so much of this child's behaviour.



I find it fascinating that the author can be SO aware of this mindset, he must have close experience.



I do realise that there was no mention of autism in the novel, but it is apparent that this is the factor involved.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Aiden
  • 11-02-15

Excellent audiobook- one big flaw

This is an absolutely fantastic audiobook. It is dramatised just enough to paint an incredibly realistic portrait of the events of the book, and mostly comprises of other actors playing the parts other than Christopher (the narrator) and minimal sound effects- creaking garden doors, car engines, train stations etc. all of which help bring the story to life without drawing attention away from the plot.

There is one massive problem I personally have, and that is that the voice actor for Christopher is a child of around 9-10. Since the character is supposed to be 15 this is incredibly jarring, particularly if this is the first time you have heard this story (as it was for me); it makes you think of the character in a different light than should be, making small things for a 15 year old seem huge and the more childish parts of his personality seem less of a concern. Again, this is find if you have read the book or seen the play, and is an interesting artistic choice, but distracts and confused more than it is worth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Birsen Yazar
  • 01-15-15

Great

Great story with great reading. I read this fascinating book a few years ago and really loved. This performance impressed me as much as the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-17

Wow

Christopher you wrote like a true hero and now we understand better. Thank you very much

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ros
  • 03-14-17

insightful

an incredible view into the world of the child with learning difficulties, and beautifully narrated by someone who brings the character to life

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  • Kayla
  • 02-05-17

Inspiring!

A wonderfully written and narrated story. Simple and concise, however the overall message is powerful. A very unique and interesting perspective, very insightful. Highly recommended! Very easy listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • paul Andrew
  • 10-31-16

Brilliant...

What a great book. The narrator is brilliant and tells the tale from the perspective of a young boy with autism. I didn't want it to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Keegan
  • 10-31-16

Thought provoking perspectives

Writing about a child with autism would be hard, but writing a story about a child with autism from the child's point of view would be harder.

This is an amazing and insightful story with both heartwarming and confronting plots and scenes.

The delivery was impressive and the performance was memorable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-17

I love this book.

Wonderfully written insight into another world. Best book that I've read or had the pleasure of listening to, all year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-17

Great read

Really appreciated how it was written, great twists! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Would recommend to other readers

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  • Jhomayra
  • 06-04-17

Brilliant

Beautifully written children's book which can be read by adults too. I loved the book so much I thought I'd listen to it again. The actors in this are fantastic, would be brilliant for youngsters to listen to.

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  • Ruxandra Hristev
  • 05-30-17

Loved it; highly recommend!

Heart warming tale through a child's eye. It's topped by the reader who does a brilliant job!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-17

The story is amazing..

The story with the audio has cool sound effects, this is my first time reading in audible. I loved it.