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Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people. But by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, including an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS. Later, he drifted into a "real" job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be "normal" and do what he simply couldn't: communicate. It was not until he was 40 that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger's syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself - and the world.

A born storyteller, Robison takes you inside the head of a boy teachers and other adults regarded as "defective". He also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents: the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs.

Ultimately, this is the story of Robison's journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner. It's a strange, sly, indelible account, sometimes alien, yet always deeply human.

©2007 John Elder Robison (P)2007 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • YW
  • 13/12/2019

Heartfelt, a wonderful listen

There was a few skippings, but overall, it is a very interesting and insightful audiobook. The author's reading is great. After a while, it feels like listening to a family member telling his stories and stories about the other family members. He makes seemingly mundane things incredibly heartfelt.

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  • Ashley
  • 17/11/2013

Understanding Asperger's

If you could sum up Look Me in the Eye in three words, what would they be?

I listened to this book initially to help myself better understand those with Asperger's Syndrome. Not only did I feel that this book gave me a greater understanding of those with Asperger's, it was also just a wonderful story, that grabbed my attention, and kept me listening. I loved the author's candid discussion of his inner thoughts and feelings growing up in a world that did not understand, or accurately diagnose him.

What other book might you compare Look Me in the Eye to and why?

It had somewhat of a David Sedaris quality to it

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  • Backyard Naturalist
  • 25/04/2019

This is an abridged version...

The reading is an abridged version of the book. Being abridged it does not sync with the Kindle book. The author also inserts profanity into his narration that is not in the written book. Buy the version that is read by Mark Deakins instead; it costs less, is Whispersync ready and is unabridged.

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  • Shane
  • 29/01/2015

Thank You

My wife was recently diagnosed with Aspergers (bad speller) and your story helped me understand her better. However it was a great book on its own and I highly recommend it.

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  • Melisa Garcia
  • 11/12/2018

STUPID!!!

This story itself is great but this audio only goes up to chapter five and this does not make because it does not say a anywhere that this is only half the book.

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  • Fraceman
  • 04/09/2018

Perspective Changing

This book has been so helpful for me. I have a child on the autism spectrum. This allowed me to see more of life through my son's eyes and withhold my worldly judgement. I think less about how he should be behaving and let him tell me about what he is perceiving. I have even seen changes in my perspective of things that bother me and please me. The movie Forest Gump is so different now. Forest a boy and man always out of place, but forever in important places. He thought of himself as "not a smart man" because that is what he was told. That was just a label placed upon him. Thank you John Elder.

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  • Perla
  • 02/07/2017

Interesting and Captivating

I enjoyed Mr Robison's personal story. It held my attention thoroughly and at times brought tears to my eyes. My grandson shows signs of being on the spectrum and this story has given me an understanding of what might go through his head. He too is an avid lover of trains. I will recommend this book to my daughter his mother and my husband! Thank you Mr Robison for sharing your story!

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  • Oliver Nielsen
  • 25/07/2020

Fabulous account of a life with Asperger’s

Recommended for anyone with Asperger’s, their surroundings, or anyone else! Very enjoyable listen, read/told superbly by the author.

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  • George Pembleton
  • 03/07/2020

Heartwarming

I got this book hoping to get some insight on how to better raise my son who has asperger’s. It turns out that this was not a good choice for that but if it’s give me some insight as to the trail in trouble people have growing up with.this syndrome. Funny and sad at times it is written from the heart and was a good story.

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  • Verified Customer ”Harvesting Life’s Lessons”
  • 14/11/2019

Thank You

For this wonderful story, and your outstanding performance and detailed story line I think you. I am a mother of two Asperger children and every thing you said was spot on. My son who is 17 is socially awkward but yet he somehow is able to persevere through school through his challenges and has become and incredible and outstanding young man at 17, he is a veteran of Wrestling and one of the most intense wrestlers I’ve ever seen. I wish more people would understand about this disorder and look at it as a gift instead of a disability thank you Mr. Roberson for your incredible testimony of your disorder and sharing it with the world!

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  • Randy Roof
  • 26/09/2019

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review: seeing the experience of this life, through those eyes, and in that voice was pretty close to perfect.