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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karl Taro Greenfeld Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He was unable to communicate verbally or tie his shoes, and despite his angelic demeanor was prone to violent outbursts. No doctor, social worker, or specialist could pinpoint what was wrong with Noah beyond a general diagnosis: autism. The boys' parents dedicated their lives to caring for their younger son? A challenging, often painful experience that their father detailed in a bestselling trilogy of books.

Boy Alone is Karl Taro Greenfeld's unforgettable memoir of growing up in Noah's shadow, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined the author's childhood? A beautiful, haunting, and wholly original exploration of what it means to be a family, a brother, a person.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline M. | 2/16/2014

    " As the mother of two sons, I'm so interested in brother stories, and I cannot stop thinking about this devastating memoir, written about growing up with an autistic younger brother. It's an extraordinary piece of writing: honest, heartbreaking, occasionally very funny. Everything a memoir should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. To get the perspective of the non-autistic brother about his autistic brother was really interesting. There was some usage of the f-word, however, so beware. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Schuster | 2/6/2014

    " Meh. Pretty darn conceited and self-serving. I guess it's my fault for picking up the near-autobiography of someone I would not like to meet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 1/26/2014

    " I asked my pals at HarperCollins for this book because I used to babysit (in college) for two brothers, and one was autistic while the other was not. Although I was a bit on-again/off-again with my interest level on this book, I mostly found it fascinating and heartbreaking...and guilt-inducing, since I quit babysitting the brothers when the autistic one started getting old enough (and big enough) to hurt me when he was frustrated. Boy Alone is also eye-opening, to say the least, with regards to the giant holes in care options for the severely autistic - and, in particular, autistic adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexia Garza | 1/22/2014

    " I didn't really like this book, I felt like it was really boring and not my type of book. I expected something more exciting? Karl's younger brother had autism and wasn't able to speak which made it hard for his family to give Karl attention. I would recommend this book to someone who feels the same as Karl or a person who is older and can understand how Karl and his younger brother felt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri | 12/30/2013

    " I picked up this book after hearing Karl Greenfeld in an interview on NPR. I was fascinated by the idea because most memoirs of families with disabled members focus only on triumph over adversity and while hope of truimph is necessary, focusing only on the positive aspects negates some of the feelings that caregivers and families of the disabled have every day. Greenfeld is open and honest about his feelings growing up with Noah and the effects it had on his family. Without spoiling anything, I was totally dissapointed with the turn the book took just after the halfway point. It seemed like a cop-out to me. I understood what Greenfeld was trying to do, but it didn't work and made me lose faith in him as a narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuAnn | 12/28/2013

    " How does a family survive with a severely autistic child? What happens to the "normal" brother when everything centers around the "abnormal" one? This book is alternately fascinating, brutally honest, disturbing, sobering. 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renae | 12/28/2013

    " very good memoir, difficult subject, but he handled it well and I appreciated his honest reflections on having a brother with severe autism, very glad to have read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Olson Beal | 12/22/2013

    " Amazing, inspiring, saddening, maddening . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 10/30/2013

    " This is one of the saddest books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/5/2013

    " This book was a solid 4 stars for me until the author decided to toy w/ his readers. I felt like I was punched in the stomach with his turn of events and that's why it had to lose a full star. Other than that I found it to be an honest, eye opening account of a boy living with his autistic brother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Cirone | 9/8/2013

    " I loved it. Was especially rocked by the plot twist at the end. He's a very assured writer, emotionally intelligent and precise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/20/2013

    " A rare memoir that portrays autism with total honesty, even the most hopeless and despairing moments. The writing is - at times - a little bit self-indulgent, but the content is so profound that my mild stylistic disapproval can be overlooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johari | 4/8/2013

    " Great account of what it means to have a special needs sibling and all the conflicting emotions that come with it. I thought it was an honest and well written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nette | 3/20/2013

    " Yikes. I read this whole book in one very hot afternoon, and I think it's going to stay with me for a while. It's searingly honest -- I've been trying to think of a word to describe a memoir that's the opposite of "sugar-coated" (raw? flayed?) -- and very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/22/2013

    " Riveting and absolutely heartbreaking. A completely unforgettable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/18/2013

    " Having read all 3 Noah books reading the story from a siblings perspective was interesting and devastating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 11/24/2012

    " Am halfway through this, and am finding it difficult to put down. Fascinating perspective on families with special needs children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariane Zurcher | 11/23/2012

    " Beautifully written, yet extremely painful to read and ultimately ends with a betrayal to the reader. Haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/17/2012

    " Sad story but interesting insight . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 10/24/2012

    " This was due back at the library before I had the chance to finish it. It was pretty good, might have to go back and get it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/20/2012

    " Read it for a class, I was very interested in the sibling perspective of autism, he wrote it as an adult of all stories from the past, he has a very negative opinion but has come to terms with it "

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About the Author

Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of several previous books, including the novel Triburbia and the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone. His award-winning writing has appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic, Paris Review, among others. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and currently lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife, Silka, and their daughters, Esmee and Lola.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.