Summary

Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds, especially for Sheila, and now they face a bigger challenge: pregnancy and impending parenthood.
Edward begins penning notes to the child (ever precise, he refers to the gestating being as "Cellular Stanton"), as he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, whose own life is teetering; and the emergence of a long-buried family secret, and the effect of this revelation on his relationship with his overbearing mother.
Even as Edward's world expands, he must confront questions about whom to let in, how much to give, the very definition of family, the fragility of hope, and the expanses of love.
©2016 Craig Lancaster (P)2016 Craig Lancaster
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on 23-09-17

Hugely disappointed.

Would you try another book written by Craig Lancaster or narrated by David Otey?

I listened to the two prequel books to this one, 600 hours of Edward and Edward Adrift and loved them both. They are written from the perspective, and in the voice of Edward a man with Asperger's syndrome. So i was happy to buy this, the third book in the series. Unfortunately, i didn't notice that they have changed narrator, and the voice of "Edward". This just didn't work for me. Like changing the actor for the main character in a TV show and hoping viewers don't notice. Couldn't listen to it. I will read the book instead.

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4 out of 5 stars
By K. J. Noyes on 02-04-18

Conclusion to Edward's story - I loved it

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4.5 stars

Carrying straight on from the last book, the wonderful Edward picks up his story - his wife Sheila is now pregnant, and in trying to get her anxious husband bonding with his future offspring, he writes the baby a series of letters.

The book is made up of these letters, as Edward tries to get used to the idea of fatherhood, reconfiguring their life together back at his home in Montana for the new arrival. Sheila is already unhappy with little direction for her life away from her home, and Edward finds he has a job situation and some family secrets to contend with.

He may not tell us about the weather and his wake times every day, but he DOES tell his baby all sorts of things that may or may not be appropriate.

I found this a lovely end to Edward's story, seeing him truly blossom as a functioning adult, caring for others and having to take decisions that a few years ago, would have been too much for him.

The story continues seamlessly from the previous two, with many references to characters and happenings in Edward's life. Edward's mother and lawyer, his friends from previous chapters as well as some new people make this a very enjoyable return to Stanton's world.

Edward is pretty adorable, though to live with he might be a little annoying! There are some wonderfully funny scenes here, my favourite was the scoring system as Sheila and Edward search for a new house. But the letters themselves are just brilliant - I hope they are edited before Baby Stanton lets their future baby read them one day.

There is an interesting subplot as a surprise relation enters Edward's life, friendships play a strong role in the story as well, and Sheila gets her moments to shine (as well as writes accompanying letters to Edward's own).

The ending comes quite suddenly, and I wasn't prepared to leave Edward so soon, but it did feel like a complete and satisfying climax.

I listened to this as an audiobook, with a great narrator taking on the role of the idiosyncratic Edward and making him sympathetic and very winsome. Wonderful series, superb creation of a protagonist that I won't be forgetting, and I will look for more from the author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gurglebarp on 09-11-16

No spoilers.

Loved the book. Full of Edward's unique views of his world and of course humour that make Lancaster's first two books such a joy to read.
I understand that Luke Daniels wasn't available for this audiobook and David Otey does do a great job... But it took me a good few chapters to get used to the change in readings styles. I ended up mostly reading this book instead as I feel he is unfortunately not quite up to his predecessor.
If Daniels is ever able to come back to read this I would definitely buy it even though I have this copy and a kindle copy. And of course I hope if there is a 4th instalment and we see a return to Daniels' fine work. We can hope...

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2 out of 5 stars
By jennifer on 13-04-17

Why change the reader??

I took me months to finish this book. I loved Luke Daniels' performance in the first two books. This book was much more flat and tough to get through. The performance needed more depth especially since Edward is evolving quite a bit in this story.

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