Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Favorite Reads: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

In My Favorite Reads each week I feature one of my favorite reads from the past. August is Audio Book Appreciation Month, so this month will be a mix of books but they'll all be ones I listened to on audio. First up, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; Jeff Woodman, Narrator

Summary (from the publisher):
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

Why I chose this book:
The narrator did a good job of sounding like a young boy although he was not one. In fact, this is a book I suspect is better on audio than in print (with one exception), because through the audio I really felt like I was inside his mixed-up mind. I normally don't like fiction on audio but this one was terrific. The story of course is well known now, as a quirky and sweet story of a probably autistic boy dealing with the real world, and a minor mystery that draws him out. I did of course miss out on the illustrations (when will audio book publishers give audio book listeners ALL of the book they've purchased including any visual elements? On today's iPods with largish color screens, it would be easy to flip through a little booklet that ought to be included.) But overall, it was a funny and thoughtful and unusual story, well-told.

4 comments:

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

A friend of mine recommended this book and I haven't had a chance to pick it up -- I might now, with your recommendation! :)

Alyce said...

I have this one on my shelf but I haven't read it yet. I'm glad to hear that you liked it so much! It makes me want to move this one higher up on my TBR list.

I agree about the inclusion of illustrations and photos. In today's multi-media society it should be a no-brainer to include them.

DCMetroreader said...

I've seen this one around and have been curious about it, but never read it. It sounds like and interesting book and I like your suggestion about listening to it.

Lyndsey said...

This is SUCH a lovely book. I don't know anyone with autism, but it really seemed to ring true.