Only John Irving could write about northern New England and the eccentric characters who live there. A Prayer for Owen Meany is a combination of odd characters, religion and strong anti-war sentiments. Owen Meany with his diminutive size demonstrates the senseless waste of human life that is brought about by war.
Owen Meany. He was the most unusual character I've ever encountered.
The scene with Owen Meany as the baby Jesus in the Christmas pageant. That was priceless.
Owen Meany giving his prized baseball card collection away.
Joe Barrett hooked me. Irving made me laugh and cry. And ponder. If the only thing you knew about the novel was the Audible description like me you might hesitate but don't. Childhood, faith, religion, acceptance, in a historical novel.
I really enjoyed it. The narration was amazing. However, the story is somewhat dated. You need some memory of the Iran-Contra affair and how it affected the American psyche to really get the most from the book. The Vietnam reference is probably easier for someone who knows nothing about their American history of the second half of the 20th C because it is more fully explored and explained in the narrative itself. The reader is great.
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!
Howard G. Platt 111
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.