Christopher Boone, the narrator of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a fifteen-year-old autistic boy, a mathematical savant who claims Sherlock Holmes as one of his heroes. Mark Haddon's novel begins with Christopher discovering Wellington, a neighbor's black poodle, impaled upon a pitchfork, a discovery which inspires Christopher to some detective work on the matter and to write a book about it.
While Wellington's murder is a matter of great import to Christopher, the mystery is of secondary consequence to the audiobook's listener. Our focus is on the narrator himself and the devices through which he navigates the world of an autistic. It is in the logical world of mathematics that Christopher takes refuge, so that when he becomes frustrated by his illogical surroundings, he calculates complex mathematical equations, or powers of 2, or prime numbers. In fact, Christopher numbers the chapters of his book by prime numbers because, "Prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them."
During his investigations, Christopher uncovers some unsettling information about his own family that propels him into an adventure beyond the autisitic's safe haven of familiar people, places, and routines. I found myself astounded by Christopher's philosophical diversions throughout the novel and moved by his responses to obstacles peculiar to his condition.
In the audiobook version of Mark Haddon's acclaimed first novel, Jeff Woodman excels in his reading and rendering of Christopher's voice. The reader's presence is virtually invisible, and the listener forgets that he is not actually listening to Christopher himself tell the story. And, though the print version is rife with visual components, they are elegantly translated in the story's audio version. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
will keep you in rapt attention throughout and will linger in your mind for some time after you finish.
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