The book is slow, as others have said. But still enjoyable, in an "easy to put it down" way. I listened to this book in pieces between other books.
The narrator's voice is nice, but his consistent mispronunciation of street names in Toronto was distracting and annoying.
Really only worth 1 credit though.
I'm in with the "rambling" group; w/ mixed feelings on the "overall" (three stars should really be 3 1/2). You have to keep in mind that this represents a return to the original John Irving. . . you know, like Garp and Hotel New Hampshire, complete w/ bear, New England backdrop, characters w/missing or deformed anatomical parts, and anti-war "message". It is a disguised "me-n-Joe", w/ no plot, or significant "revelation" that shows-up in the end--like Owen Meany, or Cider House, or even Widdow. But, it has a quality that other writers will appreciate: it is the story that "writes itself", lIke the Escher drawing where the hand holding the pencil appears to be drawing itself. Irving uses this unusual technique to share his personal "tricks of the trade" with the reader; giving the inside scoop on how an otherwise "plain-Jane" Me-n-Joe, can be transformed, in Cinderellaesq fashion, into something enjoyable, and grabbing--and it must have had some level of attraction, since all my fellow commentating pundits seem to have made it to the end. I think it works because Irving starts in the middle, then gravitates sideways, then fast forward, then rewind back, then regular speed forward again; only to end up back in the middle. If the book went in chronolical order, I may not have made it to the end. The writing, descriptive scenes, personality, character development, and prose are just outstanding (at one point, I thought I could actually smell the Bear sh. . . . in Ketchem's truck). I have to admit, I learned much on the tradecraft; and I highly recommend it to anyone who is even thinking about writing. (I even find myself writing down lines, sentences, phrases, or even ideas for entire chapters, only to put them down, to be used at some future point in my own works). Oh, a last thought, the repetitive redundancy is noticably overdone,over and over again, . . . . but, maybe that's the whole idea.
I liked this book!
I've been a John Irving fan since Garp. His writing is superb. I always care for his characters.
Last Night in Twisted River has been my commute companion for the past several weeks. It captured me on several levels. The story was intriguing, characters were engaging and I felt priviledged to gain some of Irving's insight into his life and writing process. (Another great take into writers and writing is Stephen King's "On Writing.")
It always takes me some time to get into the rhythm of audiobook narrators, with the exception of Will Patton in most of James Lee Burke's novels. Arthur Morey's effort with this book was no exception. Once I picked up on it, I found his narration to be transparent and easy to follow. I'll be hearing Ketchum's voice in my head for some time.
How many more years before I can enjoy another John Irving novel? I can't wait!