|# of Units:||5 CDs|
|Length:||6 hours, 15 minutes|
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I thought this would be a children's book, but I loved it! Bits of suspense, just plain fun and very thought-provoking.
In the beginning, I was worried that this was going to be a bit of a dull listen, but by the time I was starting the second disc, I was hooked. It surprised me just how much I liked this book. The narration was terrific, and the story was wonderful. Very recommended.
Amazing look inside the head of an autistic teen. The story was heartbreaking in many ways but a really good read.
I loved this book! I became so indulged into the way the narrator read the story. I thought he did a phenomenal job and I would recommend this book to anyone I know. It's a feel good story that takes your mind into places you may not go on your own.
I enjoyed this book and the way that it drew you into the mind of young autistic boy. While listening to this book you have to keep in mind that it is the thoughts of a young autistic boy to appreciate it otherwise it would seem a little over the top and boring. I give it a thumbs up and would recommend it to others that are curious as to how an autistic person thinks and views the world around them.
I liked this book, so if I could have given it 3.5 stars, I would have. It was not the best story you've ever read, plot-wise, but the insider's view of autism was really fascinating. We've all seen "Rain Man," with all the inexplicable screaming and stubborn refusals to do things, etc. This book really tries to get you into the head of an autistic like the character from Rain Man so that you get a sense as to why they would do things the way they do them. It was also pretty interesting to see how this boy's parents end up dealing with his condition and some of the ways they behave. All in all, a pretty good read.
There were some interesting parts about this story, but for me it was mostly lacking. The narrator's voice was irritating. Although the plight of the main character is concerning, there were many times when there was way too much detail.
An excellent book that brings insight to understanding the mind of the autistic individual. Just a wonderful story.
Some of the reviews here didn't like the book. Too bad because it was great and I hated to have it end. There's swearing only once in a while, not as much as one review would have you believe. Getting home from work on Friday afternoon, I just had to take the book inside and finish it. DVD players play these CDs so I could do house work and listen at the same time.
I LOVED this book!! The reader was terrific and very entertaining and the story was engaging and thought-provoking. Having worked with special needs students in my past, this was really interesting for me to hear. It made me look at how and what I say to others and to find ways to simplify what I mean and to say what I REALLY mean, rather than assume I can imply and others will get the gist. It's a marvelously woven tale that kept me riveted right to the very end.
Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television adaptations. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He currently teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford, England.