Exhilarating, encompassing, emotional
2 books actually - It has the breadth and characterisations also found in John Irving's 'World According to Garp'; similar off-beat, although believable people walk through both books.And it calls back to, unsurprisingly, to Gunter Grass' 'The Tin Drum', although it is much more positive and hopeful than Grass's book. The significance of being so much smaller than everyone else around him, lets Oskar, like Owen, see the world so differently.
Joe Bennett absolutely enlivens Owen Meany. His performance of The Voice was astounding.
I would really like to meet John Wainwright's mother, Tabitha. There is something hidden about her, but I loved her sense of openness (other than telling who John''s father was) and she seemed to like herself. Certainly she loved her son, and that appealed to me.
Grandmother Wainwright is possibly a model for me to consider as I age - her stubbornness and determination to do just exactly as she wanted to do. But she also seemed to me to be very accepting of difference in others - she may neither like nor approve of their behaviour, but I didn't think she ever rejected anyone.
I have read over 400 audible books and rarely write reviews. The occasion for this review is certainly not to tell you what a talented writer John Irving is. Many more qualified people than I have written that, but to express my amazement how Joe Barrett brings Owen Meany alive. In the printed book, Owen's voice is always in caps to emphasize it's unique quality. Barrett has captured a voice that creates a wonderful vision of this character. Even if you read this book in print, I would encourage you to listen to this incredible reading.
This is definitely a book to remember. Not only is the story and characters great, the performance by Joe Barrett is superb. His voices are all unique and his voice for Owen is outstanding and will stay with you...
I've listened to it twice (which I seldom do) and will listen again in the future.
I found it a bit long winded and boring. Plus I didn't really like the way it skipped around.
It was slow
He was inventive and played the characters well. Did a good job of a long, slow story!
I was disappointed. I have like John Irvings stuff before. But not this!
I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.
The uniqueness of the story.
The weekend before the death occurred. It was very relaxed as two old friends got together one last time.
A story so bizarre only John Irving could dream it up!
I misunderstood some parts of the book due to the long-windedness of the writing. But it was quite visual which I enjoyed.
I loved Owen. He was so smart, he thought about things so deeply, and he was so loyal.
Owen was brought to life by Joe Barrett. I can't think of the book without hearing Joe's Owen voice in my head, and imagining what he'd say about something.
I was left with a feeling of regret that two lives were not lived as they should have been.
a must "read"
i read this book, a couple of times, years ago. I like to listen to audio books that i've already loved in print. i pick up on nuances that i may have missed in print. with owen meany, i hadn't missed a thing. all of the minutiae that i enjoyed the first time(s) were there, it was a story being told to me by john wheelwright. i was as moved by the story this time as i was years ago.
john irving creates characters that i want to know. i want to meet them and commiserate. owen is my most favorite. i will probably listen to this again. i loved the narration of joe barrett and the voices he gave to the characters. it's difficult to imagine owen's voice when reading and his "owen voice" was spot on.
i just finished listening to the story and i miss it already.
I very much enjoyed the character he brought to the voices.
obviously owen. he's a powerful and moving character and will last through generations.
To know this was real. This is a life of a person who can not speak, and yet can communicate, and be successful and inspirational.
Everything. The adjectives describe the feelings perfectly.
I love the voice and the accent.
It opened my heart. It made me see those who have disabilities with much more empathy
I recommend this book to anyone who needs a short listen. The best 2.5 hours I have add in a very long time.
It was good, but slow. I had a hard time at certain parts because it was dragging. But the story itself is really great. I liked the narrator, he did awesome.
The two main characters and the intimate friendship that they shared. I also enjoyed the spiritual aspects of the story. The way the author walked the fine line between irreverence and belief was at the same time inspirational and humorous.
The performance was outstanding. I was amazed that it was only one person as the voice of all the characters. Every time Owen spoke I was riveted by the little irritating voice and the wisdom it embodied.