Gramma to 3 boys
Maybe if I had time.
The "voice box" of Owen Meany.
One of the best books I have ever been exposed to. Will read more John Irving!
There is a reason for every little thing that happens in this book. When I started it seemed long,when I finished I wished it was longer! The narrator is more than talented and is the perfect choice for this story . Make sure everyone you know listens to or reads this book!,,,
I bought this book as the second of a BOGO free. I never expected it to end up being one of the best books I've ever read or listed to. I loved the story and the way the author kept pulling me forward. the character development, the rich yet effortless descriptions. The encounters with history, just the right amount of twists, and the lives lived. Thank you Mr Irving. Note: after the book there is a short interview with the author. The interviewer makes some assumptions and harps on a particular subject I don't think is worth the amount of time he dedicates to it. Your call as to whether you listen, although I did find the overall interview interesting.
I listened to this book eight or nine months ago. Images from the story keep popping into my head. Haunting, and a riveting listen. I believe it's the best Vietnam-era book I've listened to (without being directly about the war). Unforgettable. And a fantastic narration.
I have not read Irving's other books. I did see "Cider House Rules" but not having read others I was surprised at how thorough a writer he is. This excursion into the lives of a small town mostly existing for the sake of their upper crust prep school I found to be very interesting device, (One of my oldest friends grew up in such a place and when I asked her about the author she told me he was her next door neighbor growing up, adding extra interest for me). He does however deliver many engaging dilemmas for our consideration. It is a very satisfying book that will stay with me for a long time. I am also sure that many folks of a religiosity nature are likely to condemn it as a challenge to their narrow belief structure.
I CANT BELIEVE THIS IS FICTION! i laughed, got choked up & kinda cried. if everyone had a friend like Owen Meany... or the compassion & simplistic mind as John what a place Earth would be. this wasnt a book about ethnic heritage but so many times i forgot all the characters were white, even with the British accent of Grandmother. so many stories were weaved n2 one here; by far the best "coming of age story" i know of.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. I recommend it very highly to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction.
The characters and events of this novel remain with me, to the extent that I'm re-reviewing it a year or so later.
The relationship between the little boys who are the book's main characters, and the insights of one of them, years later now that he's an adult, resonate with me. I'm not sure I can put into words what it was about this novel that drew me in and captivated my imagination, but I listened to it twice in a row, and it's still on mind much later. Very few other audiobooks in my 450-item library even come close.