This rambled on forever. I only kept listening because I thought somethining better was coming. When I got to the last two hours I realized nothing was going to happen. I am a huge Updike fan, but these characters were unbelievable. The political rambling at the end was just too much.
one word review: excruciating. I almost gave up on this; the story is strange, too many weird things happen (without merit), not one character was 'endearing' and the prose is wwwaaay theatrical. This might be better assimilated being read rather than listened to. This cost two credits (that's $30) for this gold member. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this.
Endless. Tedious. Pointless. Skip it. Should get a medal for finishing it. Wish I had re-read Garp or Cider House instead.
John Irving's lesser novels are still better than most other writers' best. A little far fetched, and a little repetitive of his other works, the author still sets up and navigates a story brilliantly.
This story, told in Irving's inimitable voice, brings characters to life before readers' eyes and moves those characters through fascinating, unpredictable stories. Irving's stories unfold in a freeform fashion rather than being lock-stepped by overused literary techniques. Rare and much appreciated by this reader.
Garp's story revisited.
Character development is great.
This is a spoiler section - the scene where Danny thinks he is going to whack a bear with a skillet but it turns out it ain't a bear at all.
Ketchum - the logger that is very rough around the edges
Nurse Practitioner, Wannabe Novelist of historical fiction, PRINCE fan for life
I'm lost. I can't get through it. The story is so bland in the beginning I cannot listen for more than 15 minutes.
I've been an Irving fan for many years now but this book might be my last. There are some nice moments in this book but all the self indulgent dialog about writers dilemmas and the personal political rantings in the guise of a tough libertarian character are better left to an editorial page not literature. Of course he finds a way to slip in wrestling, a classic Irving subject that he has beaten into the ground. I can't believe he slipped in the Trade Center attack so that he could comment on it for pages? Please John, save it for the editorial page or your blog. I think we're seeing an author that has done his best work already and is now just putting out uninspired work. Hopefully there is another great novel in him but this isn't it
The narrator wasn't so bad, but the story just seemed to ramble endlessly
I think I may just be the only person I know who does not enjoy John Irving's books. I have tried several and it just seems to me that they all ramble endlessly. My review may not be terribly helpful because so many other people seem to like his stories.