• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Dramatised)

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Ben Tibber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-26-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (311 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book has been adapted for audio and is partly dramatised. "The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Please Note: this title starts at Chapter 2. The main character has a preference for prime numbers, so he numbers his chapters according to primes: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 etc.
©2003 Mark Haddon (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A beautifully written book.... Warm and often funny" (Daily Telegraph [London])
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-09-12

Great Book, Curious Narration

The book is great. The story well done. The narration? Not so much. Quality is good, but somewhere between the printed word and the audio, someone just didn't "get it." I suspect the author would be quite upset at the cringeworthy slip-ups in his story. For example, the main character, who lives with some sort of autistic spectrum disorder, says that he counts powers of two in his head to calm himself, and "got up to 33,554,432, which is two hundred and twenty-five." That was allowed, despite making no sense to either the narrator or the producer. What was no doubt written was "two to the power of twenty-five." Also, the chapters are all meant to be prime-numbered. How on Earth is there a Chapter 176 in the audio version, then? Another case of not "getting" it. If you want to hear a good story, but this lack of attention to detail would irritate you, just hold your breath and count to 32,768, which is 215.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By YEONSU on 09-04-10

very well dramatized

This is my first audio novel and I loved it!! I listened when I got time and I ended up with loving this little boy, Christopher a lot! I was so moved and realized how this easy read novel can achieve so many things to readers. I appreciate the Audible.com and the author and the young narrator Ben Tibber. You gave me a great joy in a while ;)

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 11-03-09

An excellent book

I had this book recommended by a friend, although she had read it hard copy rather than the audio version. I was somewhat wary of the book to be honest as I have an autistic son, and wondered how exactly it would unfold, would it make those who suffer from autism sound like weirdos? Would it just caricature them? Instead what I got was a superb piece of writing which gives anyone who does not know someone who is autistic a view of the world they try to make sense of in a sensitive manner. The book isn't really there to explore autism but does give a perspective that non-sufferers can understand. I can identify with the characters that are well written and believable and I found myself really caring for the them and wanting things to work out, for my money the true mark of a writer is how good they are in creating engaging characters and I must admit I felt that Mark Haddon excels in this. Any audiobook is only as good as the narrator and I felt that Ben Tibber was first class. Thanks to both the author and narrator, I really enjoyed this book.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 03-15-06

Fantastic

This book is one of those that starts you off slowly...almost turned it off at one point and gave up. It is an amazing insight into the mind of a child who has aspergers and you really see and understand him. He takes you into his logical mind and explains everything from his perspective. Absolutely fantastic. Didn't want my car journeys to end!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-09-17

Wow

Christopher you wrote like a true hero and now we understand better. Thank you very much

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5 out of 5 stars
By ros on 03-14-17

insightful

an incredible view into the world of the child with learning difficulties, and beautifully narrated by someone who brings the character to life

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