What I’m Reading: 600 Hours of Edward

I just finished up listening to the audio book 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster.

This was one of those books I snagged when new audio books were released with my on line library.  I “judged a book by it’s cover” and just got it without reading the description of the book.  That’s okay though…this book was good.

The main character in the book, Edward, has Asperger’s syndrome and is highly OCD.  The story is told through his eyes completely with all of his little quirks and mannerisms.  At times I wanted to laugh and did…at other times I wanted to cry.  At other times I wanted to hug people who were good to him and slap the ones that weren’t.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about it, “Edward Stanton is a man hurtling headlong toward middle age. His mental illness has led him to be sequestered in his small house in a small city, where he keeps his distance from the outside world and the parents from whom he is largely estranged. For the most part, Edward sticks to things he can count on…and things he can count. But over the course of 25 days (or 600 hours, as Edward prefers to look at it) several events puncture the walls Edward has built around himself. In the end, he faces a choice: Open his life to experience and deal with the joys and heartaches that come with it, or remain behind his closed door, a solitary soul.”

I recommend this book and so do Amazon readers.  They say 4.5 stars…I’d agree.  It’s definitely worth your time.  While writing the review I found out that there is a sequel called Edward Adrift.  I am off to see if my online library has it..I sure hope so!!


5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: 600 Hours of Edward”

  1. May I also recommend a wonderful book along the same lines about a father who takes a trip across country with his autistic son in order to bond with him and understand him and his quirkiness, a son who has a phenomenal memory for things like maps, dates, etc. A wonderful insight into this young man and his hero father who learns that he loves his son just the way he is. The book is Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son by Buzz Bissinger. Rated 4 stars by Amazon readers, but I give it 5. Not my usual choice of reads but I loved this very touching story.

  2. I’m glad you discovered that there’s no reason to be scared of biscuits — they’re related to biscuits. I used the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated for Sweet Milk Scones. They have less sugar than yours — only 1 to 2 tablespoons — but delish! I used to roll or pat my dough into an eight to nine inch square and then cut my dough into a Nine Patch. (I used my biggest knife — straight down, no sawing back and forth.) Then I’d put the square scones on a baking sheet. I used to make them all the time before I became diabetic, but now they are only a sweet memory.

  3. Thanks for the review, Jo! I just downloaded this book to my Kindle (my library doesn’t have it). I read other reviews and it looks like it’s universal that people love this one. I read a bit on the Amazon “Look Inside” feature and already know I’ll love it too.

    I’m always happy to see a book review from you…I can’t tell you how many books I’ve loved have come from your suggestions! I would have probably missed them otherwise. o:)

  4. Agree. This was a great audio book. I too laughed and cried and wanted to hit a few for being so mean. I was so proud of Edward. I am going to look for Edward Adrift and the Father’s Day book. Thanks for your reviews, I do a lot of audio with a 2 hour round trip to work and I am always looking for something new.

    Totally off point of this story, have you ever read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult? I know you like historical and this is about the Holocaust. Very moving, leaves you with questions of your beliefs and moral choices, and another look into the lifes of people involved w/ the Holocaust.

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