Friday, February 9, 2018

Audiobook Review - 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Date Read: January 31, 2018
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes
Source: Borrowed - Amazon Prime Reading
★★★★☆
A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10 p.m.).

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’ classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.
My Review

I liked this one.  This book was a bit different from what I would normally pick up.  I heard a few good things about it so I took a closer look once I noticed that it was available to borrow from Amazon through Prime Reading.  I loved the idea of a main character who is living with Asperger's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, so I decided to give it a try and I am really glad that I did.

Edward was a great character.  I liked him from the start and as the story progressed, I liked him more and more.  Edward's life revolves around routines.  With few exceptions, each day looks largely like the previous one.  Things do shake up his life quite a bit by the end of the book and there is definitely some character growth for Edward during the course of the story.   I thought that his character felt very authentic in the way that he dealt with other people and handled his emotions.

This book is repetitive because Edward's life is repetitive.  There are certain events and phrases that happen over and over throughout the book.  Each day of Edward's life would bring a new cycle of the book.   I think that the decision to take the reader through each day with Edward helped to really show how much the events in the story changed his life.  Edward's life at the end of the book looks very different than it does at the start and it was great to take the journey with him.

Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with the narration of this book.  One of the reasons that I decided to listen to this book was because I have enjoyed his work in the past.  I thought that he was able to bring Edward to life in way that really added to the story.  He did a great job with all of the character voices and adding emotion to the reading.  I listened to this book for hours at a time and finished it within a few days and thought that he was a perfect match for the story. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I really enjoyed going along with Edward as he navigated the changes and his life and made new connections.  I did notice that this book is listed as the first in a series but it tells a very complete story so I am not sure if I will read the other installments.  I would not hesitate to read more from Craig Lancaster in the future.

About the Author

Craig Lancaster is a journalist who has worked at newspapers all over the country, including the San Jose Mercury News, where he served as lead editor for the paper’s coverage of the BALCO steroids scandal. He wrote 600 Hours of Edward — winner of a Montana Book Award honorable mention and a High Plains Book Award — in less than 600 hours during National Novel Writing Month in 2008. His other books include the novel The Summer Son and the short story collection Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. Lancaster lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads 

18 comments:

  1. This looks like I would like it. Thanks for the handy GR button ;)

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read this one.

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  2. That's great that despite the fact that it's a bit different than what you usually try, you had a great time with it!

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    1. I do like to try something different from time to time.

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  3. I think that this a book that would appeal to me when I'm in a mood to read "outside the box." Your review definitely has me wanting to learn more about Edward and his neighbors - especially given that I want to harm mine right now :)

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    1. Edward isn't having neighbor trouble like it sounds like you might be having. The neighbors are actually a very good thing for Edward.

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  4. It good to try books that are out of norm. My brother in law has Asperger's syndrome, it can challenging but heart breaking. It sounds like Lancaster handled the illness very well.

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    1. I would be curious what someone closer to Asperger's would think of this story. I spent a lot of years working with people with developmental disabilities but nobody high functioning like Edward.

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  5. I love Luke Daniels as a narrator so that alone makes this interesting. This sounds intriguing. I like that the book is told in 600 hours. Adding to my list!

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    1. Luke Daniels is such a great narrator and he does a great job with this one. I did like the fact that the book took us through each day beginning to end with Edward.

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  6. My son has Aspergers, so this has me curious. I love that Luke is narrating!

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    1. I would love to know what you think of this one, Kimberly. I thought that it told a wonderful story.

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  7. Ohh by Luke! I do hear he is amazing

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  8. I have had a copy of this one for ages and have yet to read it. I feel bad about that because it does sound really good. I am glad you enjoyed the audio, Carole!

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    1. I thought it was definitely worth the listen.

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  9. This does sound like a good story. I do love Luke Daniels. He does a great job with whatever he decides to read.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I have only listened to Luke Daniels a few times but he is quickly becoming a favorite narrator.

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