Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison audiobook

Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives

By John Elder Robison
Read by John Elder Robison

Random House Audio
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The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble   Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, “Where did I come from?” John said he’d bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would “do all chores.” He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved. Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he’d steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence. The one thing John couldn’t figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being “on the spectrum” as both a challenge and a unique gift. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It’s the story of a father and son who grow up together. Praise for John Robison's first book, Look Me In the Eye: "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping." --Chicago Tribune "A fantastic life story told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality." --Entertainment Weekly "Endearing...Robison is a natural storyteller." --Boston Globe

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The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble   Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, “Where did I come from?” John said he’d bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would “do all chores.” He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved. Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he’d steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence. The one thing John couldn’t figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being “on the spectrum” as both a challenge and a unique gift. By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It’s the story of a father and son who grow up together. Praise for John Robison's first book, Look Me In the Eye: "Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping." --Chicago Tribune "A fantastic life story told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality." --Entertainment Weekly "Endearing...Robison is a natural storyteller." --Boston Globe

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Robison’s third book starts with a bang [and]…lives up to the promise of its exciting first five pages.” Publishers Weekly
“It’s a story of a man learning to be a parent, yes, but it’s also—and perhaps more importantly—the story of a man discovering, as an adult, who he really is.” Booklist
“Funny and moving…A warmhearted, appealing account by a masterful storyteller.” Kirkus Reviews
Raising Cubby…reminds us how precious and precarious the parent child relationship is and how beautiful our lives can be when we are share that ride together.” Liane Holliday-Willey, coauthor of Pretending To Be Normal: Living with Asperger Syndrome
“This heartwarming memoir…is, above all, the story of the powerful love of a father for his son. Told in the immensely entertaining and engaging style of John Elder Robison, it should be on everyone’s must-read list.” Lori S. Shery, president and founder, Asperger Syndrome Education Network

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Author Bio: John Elder Robison

Author Bio: John Elder Robison

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 12.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English