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.
Great to listen to the story from some long ago and re loving each word. He is a good writer like Dickens. Make sure you listen to the interview with Irving at the end.
Tell us about yourself! Hated reading books. It wasn't till I found audible that I found how great books can be.
A very good and enjoyable deep seated book if you don't listen to what the author said in the interview at the end. I didn't see it in the narrative but after the interview I did and it was total hypocrisy. A very good book but stay away from the interview. John Irving should stick to writing not dissecting his books as everybody sees things in a different way even the author!
Yes I'd listen to this again because the story is great and because the narrator does a wonderful job.
Highly recommend this audio book!
The time John Irving takes to develop his characters shows that he is well read in history, politics, literature, psychology, and religion. It's a lengthy story, but the small details throughout the book culminate meaningfully at the end. By the time I finished the book, I felt the loss of dear Owen Meany praying with Johnny that God would bring him back.