I read Owen Meany when it was first published - and enjoyed listening even more than reading. I found the voice a bit off-putting, at first, but soon realized that it was perfect for Owen and great for the book. As with most great readers, I soon stopped hearing the voice while listening to the story.
The characters, the quikiness of the plot, as well as the interesting view of a period in US history.
I don't think I have listened to this reader before - but, certainly will again.
The story of a little guy with a big mission.
A great read, and a great listen!
I have only listenened to the audiobook I have never read the print version.
Take a look at the other titles in my library and you'll notice that there is not one audiobook that even comes close to this type of book. I am a full-time real estate investor and a personal development enthusiast. Since 2008 I've been writing for my own personal development website so I like to research and read other books on the topic.
My home library of 400+ books that I've read and countless audio programs consists of mostly real estate and investment books along with personal development and spiritual growth. As I've been expanding my spirituality recently this audiobook A Prayer for Owen Meany caught my attention and although it's not really a religious based book surprisingly I found it to be very entertaining.
When it first started out I found it a bit irritating with the author imitating Owens voice however after a few chapters I was completely hooked and the book just would not have been the same if he did not imitate the voice.
I have been rehabbing a house so I've listened to the book every day for the past week or so and I found it to be so entertaining I would work late so I could keep listening. Like I said it's unlike any other book or title in my library however I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I have listened to it twice back to back and this is the only audiobook I've taken the time to leave a review which I am doing right now from my cell phone no less.
I would recommend A Prayer for Owen Meany to anyone and just tell them to be patient for the first few chapters because you will get hooked and you will be entertained.
This book is magical and the narrator does a wonderful job imparting the magic and sentiment of the novel. This Audible selection is perfection!!!
I had tried to read this novel twice before but never read beyond the first 100 pages. It took the amazing narration and voices of Jonny and Owen to engage me in the story and the foreshadowing of Owen's death. After the first few hours, I was immersed in Owen's life and their bond of friendship and unconditional love. By the last chapters, I was weeping in my kitchen as I listened to Owen's heroism and how the shot meant everything.
John Irving has written a masterpiece in this fictional depiction of Owen Meany. Owen ,although diminutive in stature is a gigantic character in the lives he touched. I did not expect to be able to stand the voice of Owen Meany however, Joe Barrett was the perfect narrator to convey Owen's depth and intellect when "the voice" could have suggested retardation or minimal awareness. Owen Meany is a profound character and friend. This story is delightful with turns and surprises the reader cannot see coming
I didn't want to stop listening. I would take the long way home and still end up sitting in the driveway because the characters became my family.
Wonderful rendition of people's voices : grannie Harriet, Owen Meany, of course, the other men from N.H. and the losers in Arizona, as well as the military guy there. The story is spellbinding and heart-wrenching. The part in Canada was not clear at first but in retrospect made sense. Love the way John Irving described the town and the school of Exeter. I was there at that same time (1962); my dad had been a trustee and I knew the previous and present headmasters and some of the teachers (including Colin Irving). So I felt involved in a slight way even though, of course, this was a made-up story. In those days I had heard of the removal of a car to the top of one of the buildings, something like that. My two brothers were in the classes of 58 and 60 and I was there in Summer School of 62, possibly the first co-ed experience for Exeter.
Owen, because he spoke the truth.
Never. He was GREAT.
Owen, as I said above.
I will probably listen to this book again. Loved the good humor.
You will question if this might be a true story, it is so engaging. You will wish to have known someone like Owen. Could not stop listening. Narration is expert.
I only get audiobooks, but I will say that by reading a book in print version, you will miss out on the different voice inflections that the narrator provides, especially the voice of Owen Meany, which comes up often and is so unique and meaningful to the story.
As soon as I started listening to this book it reminded me of the writings of one of my favorite authors, Bryce Courtenay. Much like in Mr. Courtenay's books, the characters in this story do have flaws and in some cases must overcome these flaws in order to have success in their lives.
Owen Meany, of course! I found him to be an extremely bright, flawed, yet very compelling character that you can't help but like.
I would also say Owen Meany again, because of his greatness of character, integrity, faith in what is meant to be, and his great intelligence. His younger years are fraught with disagreements with some authority figures, and his ways of communicating his feelings are quite funny and unconventional. You just have to like this character no matter what he does!
I really enjoyed this book and its narrator.