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Author: John Elder Robison Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781415942468
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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–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 forty 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. Robison 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, a strange, sly, indelible account–sometimes alien, yet always deeply human. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2010 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • An iTunes Top Seller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/14/2014

    " Food for thought, especially for teachers or family members who live with an Aspergian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hybridmobile | 2/11/2014

    " Good book about an "autist". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiana | 2/6/2014

    " I find it easier to relate to children, especially those with asperger's, after reading this book. Thanks to the author for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/29/2014

    " I read this on a whim after I saw a friend that said it was good. I know some people with Asperger's and so I thought it might be interesting. The story of this man's life is very interesting, though at times heart-wrenching what he goes through. A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. This was not a dry, psychological text book about Asperger's Sydrome, but an emotional, insightful point of view from the author about his life, the struggles he endured and how he adapted his life so that he would fit in and be socially acceptable. He has great stories to share. I laughed out loud and even shed a tear at the end. I highly suggest this book to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/22/2014

    " This is a must read for everyone. Enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " Amazing book, loved hearing about Asperger's from an Aspie, helped put a lot of things in perspective for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/9/2014

    " Look Me In The Eye is a story about, the now grown, John Elder Robison and his struggle to live a normal life, although he was faced with a form of autism called Asperger's, which makes it hard for anyone affected to make friends and more importantly to look people in the eye. "Look me in the eye" was a sentence John Elder heard from any adult throughout most of his childhood and early adult-hood.This story had side splitting humor coupled by a heart-wrenching feeling, that is excellently contrasted throughout the book as John Elder's life story progressed on. I give this book a five star rating and an exciting two-thumbs up, for it's originality and creativity. I would recommend this book to all interested readers, if you're looking to have a fun time reading this novel. It is absolutely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/6/2014

    " Right up my alley. Good book, but I enjoy his brother's writing a little better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaretha | 12/25/2013

    " Very interesting and insightful book about living with Aspergers. A must-read for teachers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much! John Elder describes his life with Asperger's with humor and candor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonita | 12/22/2013

    " funny, true, interesting, hopeful, great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book. Smart, funny, brilliant. I suggest it to everyone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/10/2013

    " Great story! Educational for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kkop12 | 11/26/2013

    " Very insightful and honest. I am always intrigued by adults that are diagnosed with Aspergers. For work, but also personally. I'd highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcella | 11/26/2013

    " Great read and insight into living w/ Asperger's from childhood thru Adulthood. Written by the brother of Augusten Burroughs (my fav. author). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 10/1/2013

    " If you work with children with Aspergers this is a great book to help understand how they're feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SLK | 8/15/2013

    " I read this years ago. Definitely made me laugh out loud, and cry a bit. His matter of fact descriptions of his life helped soften the outrageous episodes that compose it. Worth reading to get a window look into the feelings behind the actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 7/26/2013

    " This is a great memoir. It was also interesting to see how his skills and and traits changed as he got older and changed his experiences. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes memoirs or reading about psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roslynn | 7/21/2013

    " I really think everyone should read this. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/23/2013

    " Wonderful, sad, funny, insightful, enlightening. I learned a lot from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/3/2013

    " Interesting story about growing up with Asperger's and living with it as an adult. This story would have been a good read even without the added complication of ASD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 11/30/2012

    " Readable account of an interesting life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 5/10/2012

    " I read this book in two days. Easy read and hard to put down. The story gives the reader a first-person perspective on growing up with and finally being diagnosed with Aspergers. This guy has had an amazing life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 4/13/2012

    " An excellent memoir. I've yet to read an autobiography by a person with Asperger's that didn't strike me in some way. Robinson's experience with lower ed really bothered me, as well. A very good book about tenacity and finding one's niche. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/22/2011

    " Good insight into my quirks for me and my neuro-typical partner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremyandangela | 9/15/2011

    " Loved it!! note that this is Augusten Burroghs brother "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schanty | 5/23/2011

    " I am almost finished reading this. I know that when you are reading a good book you feel like you can't put it down. With this one, it's so good that I find myself spacing the reading out in longer increments so that I can have just a little more time with it. I have grown attached. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 5/16/2011

    " Robinson's journey to a successful adulthood, after struggling with undiagnosed Asperger's and an incresibly dysfunctional family, makes for a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/16/2011

    " Having a child on the spectrum it was a timely read. It was comforting to hear the thought process that goes on within John Elders mind....any insight is helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/12/2011

    " Excellent book. Stories are amusing, interesting and short and to the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 5/11/2011

    " Loved it. Very different from Page but as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/7/2011

    " well written perspective of an adult living with Aspergers. For the time it gave a totally different view then any other works on the market and it was a refreshing view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/5/2011

    " Great insight into the world of autism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 4/21/2011

    " This gives a really good understanding of how someone with Asperger's may think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra | 4/20/2011

    " I did a whole bloody review and it disappeared.
    When I stop being cross about it I will write a proper one. Maybe.
    I wish there was an automatic save function as there is on some blogging sites.
    Hate hate hate losing a review. "

About the Author

John Elder Robison is the author of Be Different, Raising Cubby, and the New York Times bestseller Look Me in the Eye. He lectures widely on autism and neurological differences, and is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Robison also serves on committees and review boards for the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, and Autism Speaks. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, he lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.