This is by far the best audio book that I have ever heard. Both the story and the performance were truly amazing. After putting the book down for the night, I could not wait until the next day when I would I would again be able to listen to the banter between Owen and John. Masterful job.
Get rid of or at least minimize Irving's pontifications on all things wrong with America & why he disdains all things American. He enjoyed bringing American characters into Canada & portraying them as jerks. Insulting to say the least.
Write a story instead of his political expose. Or at least inform the would-be reader that the contents are an exploration of his personal political beliefs.
The narrator was fine, it was the story I had such problems with.
All three reactions. The summary should have included a statement as to the author's anti-American sentiments. I have read & enjoyed other Irving books. But this was enough to turn me off John Irving permanently.
I didn't have anything else to listen to so I forced myself to listen to this entire book. Though I confess to fast forwarding past many of his political rants once I realized what he was doing. In the end, his politics got so much in the way of his story that it ruined it for me.
This audio experience builds a world. His tones and inflections takes us back to New England of decades ago. He brings Owen Meany to life.
Too long for listening in one sitting but youll want to hear it more than once for sure.
Great story, perfect narrator.
This book was good- a lot of great character development. The audio book was great due to Owen's voice. It was unnecessarily long though- I think I would have enjoyed an unabridged version. The ending made it worth it. If I had given up before the last couple of chapters, I would have been disappointed. Overall not bad.
I really loved this book and the performance was spot-on - for Owen's voice, for the ironic humour, everything! Make sure you listen to the end: there's a phone interview with the author.
I have. It is all consuming and very moving without being morose or tiresome.
So very many.
I have read many of the author's book, and this is right up there with Garp and Cider House Rules.
Every so many years, I reread this wonderful novel. I am newly surprised by it every time. He does write like Dickens in that nothing is superfluous. Don't try to skip over anything. Try to find someone who's also read it, because you'll need to talk about it.
I love the characters. And I love the story. I also love the many stories within the story of this book. The interview with John Irving at the end is great.
yes, the narration was amazing, and part of the central story is the sound of Owen Meany's voice, which the narrator portrayed beautifully.
Possibly The Goldfinch, I say this because the story IS the story, I wasn't racing to the end to find out what happened, I was completely engrossed in the characters and their lives,
I don't think so
I am not a writer, but it would have to be something like "It's not always in our hands to decide the work we do with them" or something about "Faith and Prayer, Faith and Prayer..."