The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mark Haddon
Narrator: Jeff Woodman
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Juvenile, Suspense
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 15 minutes
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Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour's dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher's mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

Reviews (42)

Couldn't follow it

Written by Anonymous on January 25th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It's a great concept, but I just couldn't follow it. I gave the first CD a chance, but constantly found myself irritated by the diversions and erratic style. Just wasn't for me.


Written by Trax on December 18th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My only complaint about this book is that it ended before I wanted it to. I can't wait to read more from this author.

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Written by Anonymous on August 3rd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this would be a children's book, but I loved it! Bits of suspense, just plain fun and very thought-provoking.


Written by Andy on December 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

In the beginning, I was worried that this was going to be a bit of a dull listen, but by the time I was starting the second disc, I was hooked. It surprised me just how much I liked this book. The narration was terrific, and the story was wonderful. Very recommended.

A Good Look Inside . . .

Written by Miss Seaweed on June 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing look inside the head of an autistic teen. The story was heartbreaking in many ways but a really good read.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Written by Marina from Solana Beach, CA on April 29th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! I became so indulged into the way the narrator read the story. I thought he did a phenomenal job and I would recommend this book to anyone I know. It's a feel good story that takes your mind into places you may not go on your own.

A look into an autitic mind

Written by tdickson on June 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book and the way that it drew you into the mind of young autistic boy. While listening to this book you have to keep in mind that it is the thoughts of a young autistic boy to appreciate it otherwise it would seem a little over the top and boring. I give it a thumbs up and would recommend it to others that are curious as to how an autistic person thinks and views the world around them.

Interesting Look at Autism

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked this book, so if I could have given it 3.5 stars, I would have. It was not the best story you've ever read, plot-wise, but the insider's view of autism was really fascinating. We've all seen "Rain Man," with all the inexplicable screaming and stubborn refusals to do things, etc. This book really tries to get you into the head of an autistic like the character from Rain Man so that you get a sense as to why they would do things the way they do them. It was also pretty interesting to see how this boy's parents end up dealing with his condition and some of the ways they behave. All in all, a pretty good read.


Written by Linda from Dallas, TX on September 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

There were some interesting parts about this story, but for me it was mostly lacking. The narrator's voice was irritating. Although the plight of the main character is concerning, there were many times when there was way too much detail.


Written by Anonymous on September 12th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

An excellent book that brings insight to understanding the mind of the autistic individual. Just a wonderful story.

Author Details

Author Details

Haddon, Mark

Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television adaptations. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He currently teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford, England.