600 Hours of Edward

  • by Craig Lancaster
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 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.

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Heartwarming and humane

When we meet Edward, at 39 years of age (well, 39 years and (about) 280 days) at the beginning of the novel, we see that his routines have paved the way to a life that is filled with routine, devoid of challenges, but ultimately isolating. He has no friends, and has a particularly strained relationship with his father, a wealthy local politician who pays all of Edward’s living expenses but keeps him at a distance, physically and emotionally, unable to come to terms with his illnesses. However, during the 600 hours - 25 days (count them – I did) I spent with him, Edward is shaken out of his routines by events, both happy and poignant, that force him to re-examine his carefully-controlled life. He tries online dating; he begins interacting with his new neighbors, a single mother, Donna, and her 9-year-old son, Kyle. Ever so slowly, Edward starts to connect with other people. Not every interaction goes smoothly – online dating is different from ‘more traditional’ dating - but over the course of the 600 hours, we start to see a transformation (I love the word ‘transformation’) in Edward. His relationship with the Donna and Kyle shows signs of developing into a meaningful friendship. The nightly letters of complaint (none of which, on the advice of his therapist, are ever sent,) start to become more reflections than complaints. And all the while, Edward slowly, on his own terms, makes his way into a society that he has avoided for so long.
Craig Lancaster builds Edward’s character through spare, straightforward prose that keeps the story well-paced and readable, and adds just the right amount of emotion, so that by the end, we are rooting for Edward and the remarkable 600-hour journey he has made, and that we seem to have made with him.
The narration in this wonderful tale is magnificently done, with the voice of Edward in all his moods and reflections, of the different people with whom he interacts capturing a world that is both engaging and fulfilling.

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- Ian

Exceptional!

I have listened to this and the second book in the series - very rarely do I laugh out loud when listening to a book - I literally laughed until tears appeared!
A wonderful story - well written but I am sure the narration added something more to the books - I am in love with Luke Daniels!
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- Mother Bear

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio