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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Elder Robison Narrator: John Elder Robison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of the New York Times bestselling Look Me in the Eye returns to help Aspergians, and even ordinary geeks, embrace being different and fix the things that hold them back in life.

With his usual honesty, dry wit, and unapologetic eccentricity, John Robison argues that Asperger's is about difference, not disability. In this book, he offers stories from his own life and from the lives of other Aspergians to give the listener a window into the Aspergian mind.

Equally important, he offers practical advice—to Aspergians, their parents, and educators—on how Asperians can improve the weak communication and social skills that keep them from taking full advantage of, or even recognizing, their often remarkable gifts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Be Different is a fascinating and unique guide for young people who may be struggling with autism and feel ‘out of sync’ with the world around them. John shares personal insights about growing up, feeling apart from his peers, and learning to modify his socializing skills and harness his gifts to discover his path to a successful life.”

    Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks

  • “Robison offers down-to-earth life advice for his “Aspie” peers and their friends, families, and teachers…recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand Aspergian children and adults.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Robison’s clear writing provides substantial insight into the mind of someone whose disorder makes clarity very, very difficult...a valuable read.”

    Booklist

  • For anyone who has difficulty fitting in, this book is fantastic. Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
  • Anyone with Asperger’s, if not everyone else, will derive knowledge and pleasure from the wonderful stories told in John Elder Robison’s newest book, Be Different. Clearly, John is one of our community’s leading voices. Michael John Carley, author of Asperger’s from the Inside Out and executive director of GRASP and ASTEP
  • Be Different is a fascinating and unique guide for young people who may be struggling with autism and feel ‘out of sync’ with the world around them. John shares personal insights about growing up, feeling apart from his peers, and learning to modify his socializing skills and harness his gifts to discover his path to a successful life. Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks
  • In a love poem to his wife, Pedro Salinas, the Spanish poet, wrote, ‘Glory to the differences / between you and me.’ John Robison teaches us to celebrate differences
    like Salinas did, but also offers clear insight and valuable advice on how to cope with the challenges that being different can create. This book transcends the specific case of Asperger’s syndrome and is a lesson in humanity and the human condition.
    Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • “For anyone who has difficulty fitting in, this book is fantastic.”

    Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures

  • “John Robison…offers clear insight and valuable advice on how to cope with the challenges that being different can create. This book transcends the specific case of Asperger’s syndrome and is a lesson in humanity and the human condition.”

    Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Robison offers down-to-earth life advice for his “Aspie” peers and their friends, families, and teachers...recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand Aspergian children and adults Kirkus
  • ...provides incredibly helpful advice to families learning to live with these challenges. Robison’s clear writing provides substantial insight into the mind of someone whose disorder makes clarity very, very difficult...a valuable read."--Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/19/2014

    " Practical advice. Each chapter highlights an aspect of the author's personality. One of the most useful parts is the appendix which shares how aspbergers is diagnosed and the author's opinion on getting tested. It also provides many other sources of info. While Look Me In The Eye is a more interesting read, this one is more direct and useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 2sonreader | 2/13/2014

    " An easy read about what it is like to live with Aspergers'. I would recommend this for Aspergians (as he calls them), families and teachers to add to their understanding of what it is like to live with Asperger's as well as what is possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nan | 1/18/2014

    " Because I Nannyed a boy with Asperger's, the book came recommended. It was filled with anecdotes, but not much advice. If there is advice, it is geared more toward the "Aspergian" and less toward those who live with kids on the spectrum. My knowledge was not deepened much. I'd never thought of the mirror neuron, so I thank Robison for that. I may need to dig into the resources mentioned in the appendix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JulieB | 1/7/2014

    " Not as interesting as his first book, and didn't really contain as much "practical advice" as the author promises, because he mostly just says how he handled situations and it's up to the reader to glean from that, which I would argue is difficult for most "Aspergians." I expected more practicality and more advice and less memoir. "

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