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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,565 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francisco X. Stork, Francisco Stork Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739379905
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Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear–part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo’s differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer. . . to join “the real world.”

There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it’s a picture he finds in a file–a picture of a girl with half a face–that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

Reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary audiobook is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Near | 2/11/2014

    " I read this book this summer. It was very informative while being very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 2/5/2014

    " This book took awhile to get into, but it finished strong. Having the main character refer to himself in third person as well as his referring to his parents by their first names took some getting used to. As I read, I kept wondering if the author was accurately portraying Marcelo, a young man with Aspberger's. Marcelo's father wanted Marcelo to get a taste of the real world, so he had him work in his law office for the summer. During the summer, he learned how painful the real world could be. Realizing that people--including his father--weren't as good as he had believed gave Marcelo a dose of the real world and caused him to question his faith in God and religion. His conversation with a rabbi towards the end of the book was thought-provoking as the two pondered how to figure out God's will. Religion wasn't the main focus of the book, but it came on strong at the end. It makes sense that as a person struggles with the real world, his relationship with God would be questioned as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle Anthony | 1/29/2014

    " I loved everything about this book from the writing to the cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bjneary | 1/28/2014

    " This book was in my TBR library for way too long, the junior high gave us their copy because of inappropriate stuff, but the senior high kids will enjoy this book, I certainly did. Marcelo was my hero from page one, I didn't like his dad, but maybe he had a little teeny point in making him work in the real world. Wendell was such a snake and I squirmed when he discussed Jasmine, what he demanded from Marcelo,and how confused Marcelo became with the choices he had to make. If you liked Haddon's book, Curious Incident of Dog in Night-Time, you will love this book. Both books are enlightening and sympathetic to the Asperger Syndrome characters and it is amazing to look at the way they view the world, interact with others, and ultimately make their way in the world. I really enjoyed Marcelo's mother and the rabbi who helped Marcelo just by talking about "things", life, etc. I enjoyed Marcelo's descriptions of people, animals, his surroundings and his feelings about what he is experiencing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 1/20/2014

    " This book is interesting because it gives some insight into Asperger's. Marcelo is a young man that is living with Aspergers and the book details his life as he is pushed into "the real world". I thought the book was really good in the way it portrayed the innocence of Marcelo & the, sometimes, absurdity of what normal society considers the real world. I enjoyed the book, though did have a hard time with Marcelo referring to himself in the third person, as well as his seemingly inability to use pronouns. But I guess that is one of the problems with asperger's, a disorder that many of us have very little understanding with or spend much time dealing with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystyna | 1/9/2014

    " In a similar vein to 'The Curious Incident...' but, in my opinion, not as good. Still worth reading though as a bit of an insight into the world of autism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S. | 1/3/2014

    " Didn't enjoy the juxtaposition of the innocent main character in the "real world". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 12/5/2013

    " Really liked this book! Great insight into someone with Aspbergers (sp?) without being a stereotypical portrayal of the condition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Paton | 8/22/2013

    " Contrary to Crank, I absolutely loved how this book made me feel. Marcelo is such an easy character to connect to, and his story is incredibly heartfelt. The minuted I finished this book I had to purchase it (as I borrowed it from Dave), because I knew it was one I would read at least another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Pfeffer | 8/16/2013

    " I liked this book I would use it with a high school group. I think it explains the way different people think. Marcelo is very real and it is his life as a teen with special needs most likely Asperger's syndrome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Funke | 4/13/2013

    " Audio version. Wow. I didn't think I was going to like this book, but it hooked me and kept me going. The narrator is pitch perfect. I don't really know how to sell it to teens, but I give it to my patrons who trust my judgment without a booktalk. Wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette | 3/15/2013

    " Loved this story. Very thought provoking and I truly loved the character of Marcelo. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a good, thought-provoking story that worked on several levels, and it's definitely one that I could see myself recommending to teen readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/26/2012

    " I always find I learn a lot about myself in books about those diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. This had an unusual plot and challenges. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/20/2011

    " What a wonderful story! Stork really puts you in the mind of Marcelo and helps readers find empathy for a lead character who is dfferent from many of us, but in so many ways, the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariel | 12/6/2011

    " Love it! So interesting to read a book that is written from the perspective of a kid in the Autism Spectrum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 10/5/2011

    " Marcelo has high-function autism. Written in his voice and persepective. Promotes understanding of inner workings of Marcelo's mind. Very good! "

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

    " Cool concept for a book. Told from the perspective of a kid with Aspergers who goes to work at his dad's law firm for a summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 5/22/2011

    " Another from my YA lit class. This book is a good example at walking in someone else's shoes, or at least reading about them :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 5/22/2011

    " This was almost like an adult book, but yet not. A very interesting perspective and a lot to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 5/19/2011

    " This is such a beautiful book. You have to read it. It provides clear distinctions of morality without being didactic, yet allows for the gray areas of right and wrong. Marcelo's character feels immediate and present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chloe | 5/11/2011

    " Parts of this book were believable, but other parts felt idealistic or maybe formulaic is the word. Overall, I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and one of the best i've read. It is interesting about Marcelo's medical condition but overall it's great. It's also a story with people from prestigious schools and comparing to him too. Its great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 4/28/2011

    " Wonderful portrayal of a young teen living with autism as he going through a summer of experiences and obstacles most take for granted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herci | 4/22/2011

    " Me parecio aburrido en algunas partes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meng | 4/21/2011

    " It was pretty cute. Marcelo has a form of Asperger's. His father forces him into working a summer job at his law firm in Boston. Marcelo quickly discovers the trials of navigating the "real world". It was a fascinating perspective to get and I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 4/17/2011

    " This is such a marvelous, intricate, deeply felt book. Stork represents our mental life, our confusions and certainties, better than almost anyone I've ever read. I already miss Marcelo and Jasmine, and I want a Rabbi Heschel of my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 May | 4/12/2011

    " Wonderful. Great spiritual insights as well. "

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About the Author
Author Francisco X. Stork

Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World and five other novels. Francisco studied at Spring Hill College, Harvard University, and Columbia Law School. He spent more than three decades working as a lawyer while also working on his writing career. He retired in 2015 and spends his time writing outside of Boston where he lives with his wife.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.