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Summary

Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds, especially for Sheila, and now they face a bigger challenge: pregnancy and impending parenthood.

Edward begins penning notes to the child (ever precise, he refers to the gestating being as "Cellular Stanton"), as he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, whose own life is teetering; and the emergence of a long-buried family secret, and the effect of this revelation on his relationship with his overbearing mother.

Even as Edward's world expands, he must confront questions about whom to let in, how much to give, the very definition of family, the fragility of hope, and the expanses of love.

©2016 Craig Lancaster (P)2016 Craig Lancaster

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Hugely disappointed.

Would you try another book written by Craig Lancaster or narrated by David Otey?

I listened to the two prequel books to this one, 600 hours of Edward and Edward Adrift and loved them both. They are written from the perspective, and in the voice of Edward a man with Asperger's syndrome. So i was happy to buy this, the third book in the series. Unfortunately, i didn't notice that they have changed narrator, and the voice of "Edward". This just didn't work for me. Like changing the actor for the main character in a TV show and hoping viewers don't notice. Couldn't listen to it. I will read the book instead.

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Conclusion to Edward's story - I loved it

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4.5 stars

Carrying straight on from the last book, the wonderful Edward picks up his story - his wife Sheila is now pregnant, and in trying to get her anxious husband bonding with his future offspring, he writes the baby a series of letters.

The book is made up of these letters, as Edward tries to get used to the idea of fatherhood, reconfiguring their life together back at his home in Montana for the new arrival. Sheila is already unhappy with little direction for her life away from her home, and Edward finds he has a job situation and some family secrets to contend with.

He may not tell us about the weather and his wake times every day, but he DOES tell his baby all sorts of things that may or may not be appropriate.

I found this a lovely end to Edward's story, seeing him truly blossom as a functioning adult, caring for others and having to take decisions that a few years ago, would have been too much for him.

The story continues seamlessly from the previous two, with many references to characters and happenings in Edward's life. Edward's mother and lawyer, his friends from previous chapters as well as some new people make this a very enjoyable return to Stanton's world.

Edward is pretty adorable, though to live with he might be a little annoying! There are some wonderfully funny scenes here, my favourite was the scoring system as Sheila and Edward search for a new house. But the letters themselves are just brilliant - I hope they are edited before Baby Stanton lets their future baby read them one day.

There is an interesting subplot as a surprise relation enters Edward's life, friendships play a strong role in the story as well, and Sheila gets her moments to shine (as well as writes accompanying letters to Edward's own).

The ending comes quite suddenly, and I wasn't prepared to leave Edward so soon, but it did feel like a complete and satisfying climax.

I listened to this as an audiobook, with a great narrator taking on the role of the idiosyncratic Edward and making him sympathetic and very winsome. Wonderful series, superb creation of a protagonist that I won't be forgetting, and I will look for more from the author.

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AMAZING. AWESOME. BRILLIANT

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I thought this was going to be my least favourite Edward book. The first two had been so fantastic, how could any author keep up that level of magnificence. Boy was I wrong. I have laughed out loud, I have wept, I have sobbed, (loudly and with a great deal of snot). How does he do it? Craig Lancaster is a genius. I have learnt more from Edward than I ever did in school. A truly wonderful emotional roller coaster of a ride. There simply aren't enough superlatives, and I do not possess Craig Lancaster''s eloquence or exquisite turn of phrase. I not only highly recommend that every single person read this book, it really ought to be on the national curriculum. My heart is broken that this is the end of my journey with Edward. But he, Sheila, Scott, Hugo, Raj, Kyle, Donna and even his parents and Jay Lamb will remain in my heart forever. Thank you Mr Lancaster, I salute you and bow to your brilliance. 5 stars doesn't even begin to touch what this book deserves. Writing at its best.

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  • Gurglebarp
  • 09-11-16

No spoilers.

Loved the book. Full of Edward's unique views of his world and of course humour that make Lancaster's first two books such a joy to read.
I understand that Luke Daniels wasn't available for this audiobook and David Otey does do a great job... But it took me a good few chapters to get used to the change in readings styles. I ended up mostly reading this book instead as I feel he is unfortunately not quite up to his predecessor.
If Daniels is ever able to come back to read this I would definitely buy it even though I have this copy and a kindle copy. And of course I hope if there is a 4th instalment and we see a return to Daniels' fine work. We can hope...

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  • jennifer
  • 13-04-17

Why change the reader??

I took me months to finish this book. I loved Luke Daniels' performance in the first two books. This book was much more flat and tough to get through. The performance needed more depth especially since Edward is evolving quite a bit in this story.

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  • Jan
  • 27-08-17

You Are Going to Laugh Out Loud


Craig Lancaster continues the hilarious, honest, and moving story of Edward Stanton, a man with Asperger's Syndrome. The focus in this novel is on family and the many faces it possesses. Much of the story is written in diary entries, which was a brilliant tool allowing us to get much deeper into Edward's head and his socially awkward character.

"Edward Adrift" was the funniest book I have ever listened to on Audible, and this one was as funny with one exception. Narrator Luke Daniels brought Edward to life with humor and honesty in books one and two. His individualized voices for each character were consistent and believable.

David Otey, narrator of this novel, did a good job, but Luke Daniels IS Edward. Edward is a huge character with an incredible sense of presence, so the lack of continuity in narration was disappointing. It wasn't a poor performance, it just wasn't Edward.


Do yourself a favor and meet Edward- he wants to tell you about his bitchin' iphone.

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  • cristina
  • 13-09-16

I hate to say it was not up to par

I have LOVED all of Craig Lancaster's novels (can imagine Ed questioning why the same word should be more meaningful simply because it was typed in all caps). This installment was a HUGE (there I go again) disappointment simply because it felt like just that: an installment. "Blah, blah, blah...this is what would happen if our couple were to get pregnant and we would introduce some more characters for future installments." As much of a fan as I am, I will read reviews before downloading the next "Edward" (where they obviously lead with the new daughter and her coming to terms with the mildly odd dad). There was nothing "new" here (as opposed to the first Edward, which was magical). Dare I say it: almost boring. If you have not read any of the previous books in this series, don't do this one (it assumes you know and love and understand the main character from previous novels...otherwise he's simply annoying). If you have read the previous books, prepare to be underwhelmed.

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  • Jill
  • 13-07-17

Dissapointing sequel

I loved 600 hours of Edward so I was looking forward to reading Lancaster's sequel. Edward's delightful quirks are less apparent and the story line was weak. But what bothered me most was the narrator. He did not adjust his voice between male and female characters so it was difficult to determine which character was speaking. Overall I would give this book a "just okay" rating.

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  • S. Crane
  • 16-01-17

Wished they didn't change the narrator

It took awhile to get used to this Edward...I'm not sure why they changed the narrator but I didn't care for the new narrator.

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  • J. Rehm
  • 08-08-16

I love Edward

Would you consider the audio edition of Edward Unspooled to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Edward is delightful

Would you be willing to try another one of David Otey’s performances?

No

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Should have stuck with the original narrator. Luke Daniels was so, so, so much better. But, I did like the story

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  • Doug
  • 28-05-17

Disappointing third serving

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The first Edward novel was ground-breaking, making OCD entertaining and even heart-warming. The continuing adventures in second installment were also good. This third attempt falls way short. Edward seems to have developed better skills for dealing with life in general, and for marriage in particular, but the tension and intrigue are gone. The story simply doesn't engage us, and it resorts to a crisis to try to pull us in. I definitely will not be listening to the fourth book that is sure to follow.

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  • Jason
  • 10-10-17

First two were better.

This book wasn't bad. It just wasn't as good as the first two.
The narration was a bit disturbing. Luke Daniels perfectly gave voice to Edward and the other characters. Again, this narrator wasn't bad but as soon as the book started, I had a "That is not what Edward sounds like" moment.
While the changes in Edward's life are realistic, a few of the storylines are unrealistic. His mother marries the lawyer for one. His mother overall has changed from an overprotective, controlling woman into a harpy.
Overall, still a pleasant story. It's just not quite as good as the first two.

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  • Diana
  • 26-03-17

excellent narration, wonderful continued story

It's been a while since I listened to books 1 and 2 - so the change in narrator has no effect on me - and David Otey did a great job with the narration.

I love the idea of writing a story in a letter-to-someone style. I think the Screwtape Letters were my first introduction to this style of story telling, and there is a very intimate feel that is enhanced with this style of writing.

I loved this installment of Edward's story. I don't know if there will be another, but would certainly listen to it if there was.

For anyone else who enjoys people-based stories with this style of writing, I recommend The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel and Pie Society audio book. It too is a book about human beings, how they relate to each other, and also has quiet humor throughout.

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