Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.
The narration was good the story was good but there just seem to be so much excess that was unneccessary to the story. (Mainly his political rants) The end was really great but the fact is by the time it got to that point I could not enjoy it because I just wanted the book to end.
The readers performance and the author storyline
Secret Life of Bees
A wonderful voice for this book
Owen Meany....He was so comfortable with his station in life.
A story that touches your very heart.
With books written in the first person, I find I can judge my enjoyment by how much I believe the story is true. In this respect, Irving and Barret do an incredible job painting a believable set of characters and story. I hadn't heard of this book before, but took a chance. After several hours of listening, I had to look up the book see if it was fiction or not! Irving is a master storyteller. He carefully exposes more and more about the characters and story along the way, never giving away too much at a time. Given this gradual exposition, the excitement ramps up bit by bit. The beginning starts out slow, but hang on. It gets better. I thought it went a little over the top in places, but the rest of the book made up for those weaker spots.
This book doesn't belong into the "faith" category as some have stated. Yes, some of the characters hold strong religious and political beliefs, but that helps make them real.
This was a wonderful story of relationships, insight, and the role fate plays in our lives.
How could you not just love Owen?
The narration brought the character of Owen to life! That voice is priceless!
No disappointments here.
From start to finish, this tale of a coming to age in a changing time, enclosed me.
Owen over the head of the Sunday School children?Owen as the Christ Child?The removal of a digit?I could go on and on.
Merciful heavens, has to be Grandmother.
Spirit and Life
I have not read a book in years that moved me like this story. It is a long book to listen to, but you find yourself listening in every spare minute you have. Irving is a genius. If you grew up in the 60s or have wondered what it was like to grow up in this time in America, read this book rather than any history book. Do you get the message that I LOVED IT?
Love mystery books
Allowed me to immerse myself in the book - because it was long, it was meditative. Loved it and enjoyed it throughly.
The unexpected ending, the development of the characters, and the language.
It made me laugh and cry at different parts. Covered the full spectrum.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Recently read Cidar House Rules, which was a difficult read, due to the content... but I found myself trapped by the writing. I really wanted a John Irving book to read, without as much graphic content. It would be a lie to say it isn't here... but this is PG 13 verses the R of Cider House Rules. I read that John Irving writes his last sentence first and builds backwards to know where the books should start... it is like a finely crafted building. Along the way you may forget a detail that didn't get resolved... but that piece is being held in researve and will be in place by the end - no gingerbread trim here either... if it is written, there is a reason. A Prayer for Owen Meany is rich, complex and full of unforgetable characters. The reading could have been awful, given the challenge of Owen's voice... I enjoyed it. You will experience every human emotion. I will say, that although the profanity was less in this book, several characters have colorful language and I did get sick of them in my ear. Although you are hurtling towards the expected end... it is so unexpected. This will probably be my last John Irving book... but it is a keeper and I will reread again.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Lasting-Imaginitive-Consuming. A heck of a well spun story- coming of age for two boys who grew up together and stayed best friends thier entire lives, finding thier place in this world, and the love they have for each other, yet not in a homosexual way. It leaves you with the question, was Owen a false profit, misguided, yet beleived he was. Owen on the other hand grows up like so many others, just getting buy, and finds his placement in the world. So much to this book. I am awestruck.
Hester. I think she would have been fun.
THe1/3 was just building the charactors, but as you got to know them, and thier personalities, you want to read more. Then you get hooked, and thirst for more.
It really is a great & wonderful book, how it ties together. Impressive how well done John Irving did on this book. I never tought I would like it, it wasn't in my genre, but I am impressed, and came away happy I took the time to read it. I would reccomend it to anyone, and it was well worth the money. It is a must read, and rightfully belongs in the "not to be missed", or "won't be sorry for buying this selection" files!!!
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