yes as i did not read the print i only listened to the audio book, it was a wonderful listen
the characters were great
If the author would have just stuck to the story without going off and these long anti-American rants over an over again!
John Irving obviously hates America and spent half the very long book going into these long diatribes about evil Americans and the Vietnam War. Which, by the way, added nothing to the storyline.
The only saving grace to this whole audio book is the performance. His ability to change voices worked very well
This book made me all of the above, Angry, Sad, and disappointed because of the authors departure from the basic story line. IF you want to write an Anti-American book about the history of the Vietnam War do it, but don't try and hide it in an otherwise good story.
I will try and avoid this author in the future
John Irving captures you with characters that you love, events that take you back to
childhood and wit that pulls you in.
So many actions and events make you think, yeah I remember that or I knew someone just like him. His humanity though out this book outstanding.
This is one of my most favorite books ever, and I read ALOT!
This is 1.
Owen Meany. He climbed right into my heart, and resides there still.
I love everything that John Irving writes, but I love tis story most of all.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
I would recommend this book.
Owen Meany is an outstanding character because he is so unusual. i have known a few people like him. They were all strong and successful.
The book is not a particularly joyous or happy story, but worth the time I put in on it.
I've only heard the audio version.
Hester the Molestor, why, because she is one of the most completely believable and for me one of the saddest characters in the whole book. She is portrayed as both desirable and vulnerable and dangerous, a lost soul looking for love and fulfilment and struggling to hold onto it when she does find it. She is damaged by her childhood and it carries through the rest of her life, she struggles with anger, she's as ready to hit out as she is to make love. We are given glimpses of why she is the way she is which helps us to understand her more but we never know for sure wheter we have the full picture. Hester is just a great character.
Excellent pace, timing, intonation, emphasis. His is a calm voice that allows this strange story to unfold gently without letting his performance get in the way - this gentleness of delivery makes the story even dreamier and magical and makes his manifestations of "The VOICE" even more contrasting or jarring, but he never over cooks it. Well done Joe Barrett.
Good story with a fairytale feel.
Excellent listen, thought provoking, funny, poignant, moving and uplifting.
Covers a lot of ground, throws up some serious questions.
Great , great, story!
He brought Owen to life. I really can't imagine reading this and not listening to it.
Great book! I will read more of John Irving's books because of this one.
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.