Author: Eli Gottlieb
Narrated By: Bronson Pinchot
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Duration: 7 hrs 20 minutes
My Rating: 8/10
Overview: Todd Aaron has autism. His parents placed him in a group facility when he was younger and now in his fifties, he still resides at Payton Living Center.
When a new member comes to Payton along with a new staff member, Todd must try to handle the difficulties of dealing with others and not let autism control his life.
Best Boy provides a unique insight into the mind of someone with autism. Todd narrates the story and you are able to feel how he feels and experience what he experiences.
It was also very informational. Todd often described and offered details regarding autism and the wide spectrum of developmental challenges. I learned a LOT and I'm interested in reading and learning more.
The author's brother has autism so he is very familiar and knowledgable which only added to the validity of the story.
What I didn't: At times, the book was very sad and exposed the troubles with trusting those we believe will take care of our friends and family in need. Obviously, this isn't a qualm with the book, more so, the harsh realities of life.
Also, there wasn't necessary a dramatic plot, so keep that in mind. I found that the end of the book was the most revealing.
What I loved about listening: The narrator, Pinchot, performed admirably. If someone told me an autistic person narrated the book, I wouldn't have second-guessed them. It seemed to be a very realistic rendition.
What I didn't love about listening: Sometimes, Todd's narration through the voice of Pinchot made me a little sleepy. I suppose, it's because I wasn't used to the tone and voice. After a while though, I did become more accustomed to the slower pace and enjoyed it more.