I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
Way, Way, Way too Long!!
I don't know really. This just wasn't my kind of book. Too bible oriented, too religion oriented. The most interesting characters were all minor players. Owen Meany comes off as an annoying and weird little twerp.
The characters voices that, at first were amusing,quickly become annoying.
I loved Owen Meany, of course. I loved his matter-of-factness; his views on life. BUT, the thing I loved MOST was the narration by Joe Barrett. If I had been *reading* this book, I would have given up at least a couple times. And frankly, I DID give up a couple times, even with listening to it. But the number one thing that brought me back each time was the narration. He did such a wonderful job with all the different characters; there was never a doubt who was speaking at any given time. I will definitely be looking for more books read by Mr Barrett.
There was a lot of fluff. A lot of stuff that didn't matter to the story.
Wow...so many to pick from. I don't think I'll list any, as I don't want to ruin it. But, in general, I found most of the first half of the first section quite amusing. My humor runs a little "odd"...so I found a good portion of it rather funny.
This is my second John Irving book and I loved it. A Prayer for Owen Meany worked its way into my heart and I wished the book would continue forever. Joe Barrett's narration made the story come alive for me, giving Owen a depth of character I'm sure I would have missed in print.
This is a story of two best friends, one who believes he's been sent by God to do something important. There is some wonderful theology and critisim of organized religion sprinkled throughout, but not to the point of turning off a non-Christian reader. I did find myself questioning some long held beliefs because of Irving's characters.
This book is easy to listen to, easy to pick up after an absence and enjoy again. It will make you laugh, cry and think. In the end, it might even make you take a second look at your own life and I suspect that was Owen's gift after all.
Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.
I found this epic tres formidable and after several false starts became glued, mainly because of Mr Barrett's consistent narration particularly with the voice he gave to Owen. It must have been a difficult decision to find and maintain this important ingredient. I did read somewhere that John Irving did not believe it could be narrated satisfactorily - well, he needn't have worried.
I replayed the final chapters over and over again and was an emotional mess by the end. How brilliant is Mr Irving to thread the lifelong lives of his characters through such a maze to this outstanding climax. All I can say is Bravo!
I love John Irving. I have not read a bad John Irving book.
I wish I had read this rather than listened to it for a very persnickety reason. The narration is basically good (good thing -- very long book). But good grief that squeaky nasally voice the narrator manages for Owen Meany. It kills me. It is just a little too authentic. It stays with you. I listened to this book a few years ago and I can still recall the squeaky voice.
If you can manage that, it's a great listen.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This book should have been a seven star except that the author allowed too much meandering of the mind of the main character in dealing with his current life. that part did not relate to the story. The story itself was SUPER. Flaws and all. A good read.
This book ranks up there alone with The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and The Kite Runners as one of those books that I couldn't put down but that was so good I didn't want to end,, either. Lovely story, all tied together at the end. I usually listen to mysteries, but occasionally venture out into pure fiction. A great story.
remarkable, especially switching between Owen's voice and the main character's voice.
all of it combined.
everyone should listen to this.
This is my husband's favorite book. I wanted to love it but can only say I liked it. It took me more than 4 months to get through. I read or listened to over 10 books between the start and finish of this book because I often got bored with this one. But it was important for me to finish it for him. I'm glad I did because I did enjoy the ending and how it all came together. I just think there was a lot of extra fluff that could've been eliminated to make it a bit shorter and easier to read.
This is my first book fron John Irving, my second from Joe Barrett. Joe Barrett I definitly want to keep listening to. John Irving has still one more book chance.
Yes. I didn't like the unresolved messianic origin of the character. Amongst other things, mostly the religious approach. The back and forth timing I did like, though.
The subtle confrontation filled with symbols after the mother's death.
No. Not after knowing the book's content.
Unworthy story of such a great actor.
Yes because Joe Barrett gives life to all the characters but particularly Owen Meany
The intimate details of the characters lives and the travelling back and forward in time
His narration was spot on for pace and clear diction and his vocalisations bought the story to life
It was too long for one sitting