The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Haddon, Mark

(Audiobook CD - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Despite his overhwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2003
ISBN: 1402559801
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6.25 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Woodman, Jeff


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Told in the unique voice of an autistic 15-year-old English boy, this funny and moving novel follows Christopher on his path to understanding the world around him as he investigates the death of a neighbor's dog. Original, funny, and has great cover art! ~shoshana

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Aug 07, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One would think that a first-person fictional narrative about a teenage boy who likely has Asperger syndrome (the story doesn't explicitly say) would come across as repetitive and tedious. After all, the mannerisms of someone with this disorder are often, uh, repetitive and tedious. I can't imagine a sensible author choosing to write a book in this style. Except in this case, I could listen all day long. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon has a language that sings like poetry.

The dog in question, the one from the title and also depicted on most of the book covers, is solely a starting point for our Christopher John Francis Boone to tepidly venture out in the world. His daily life, his ability to cope, is built on familiar routines, and... well, let's just say things are about to get a whole lot less routine for him.

Jul 12, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

First off, you might wonder why the first chapter of the book is "Chapter 2". And why -- when there are only 51 chapters in the entire book -- why is the last chapter "Chapter 233"? Well, that is part of the mystery, a mystery about a 15 year old boy afflicted with Aspergers. Christopher decides his focussed detecting methods are required to solve the Case of the Murdered French Poodle. A great read for younger readers (teenage & up) about youthful curiousity, unexpected & puzzling discoveries, Sherlock Holmes style investigating methods, and complicated family relationships; and for older readers, an especially touching read about the familial consequences caused by the emotional detachment frequently observed in the Aspergers afflicted. The audio narration is superb. Highly, highly recommended. Note 1: Despite the catalog description above, Christopher has Aspergers syndrome, not autism.

Note 2: This novel was banned from a children's approved reading list in one city in Texas. Another good reason to read it.

Jan 19, 2013
  • bbonier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Narrated by an autistic savant who tries to solve a murder of a neighbors dog. Refreshing view of life.

Jun 21, 2010
  • LosAltosReads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jeff Woodman narrates this new classic about an autistic boy who tries to track down the killer of his neighbor's dog.

While Woodman performs admirably, due to the repetitious nature of the material the audio could be a bit tedious at times.

We recommend skipping the audio and reading the print copy of this engaging tale.

Apr 04, 2010
  • happy7 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Have the audio version... captivating. Found myself going out of my way to stay in the car as much as possible to finish book. It is fascinating to look at the world through eyes of an autistic child. Haddon's portrayal of autism right or wrong, kept me intrigued with a view of "normal" people as the curiously odd folks. We do and say the weirdest things and in the context of normal conversation or lives it makes sense to us but to view the literal sense of what we do is very entertaining and Haddon gives many examples to keep the reader/listener interested.

Oct 21, 2009
  • kantoni rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was such a great story. The British accents of the characters, together with the hilarious writing, probably made me look like a grinning idiot as I listened on the bus each day.


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Jul 11, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In first person narative form, 15 year old Asperger afflicted Christopher describes his "detecting" methods in the "Case of the Murdered French Poodle". Christopher finds the neighbor's dog killed with a garden fork. And with this start, Christopher -- who has never ventured further than the local store down the street before -- procedes from the British countryside to London. There, the story reaches its emotionally touching -- yet disturbing -- conclusion. While not possessing the normal social skills of someone his age, which causes many relationship problems with friends and family, Christopher still is an expert in science and mathematics. Geometry, relativity, and advanced topics in prime number theory all come into play during
Christopher's "dectecting". The essence of the story: Will Christopher be able to mentally detach the chaos surrounding his personal life with his "detecting" in the "Case of the Murdered French Poodle"?


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