The narrator does the various characters so well, especially that of owen meany. It's a long book but it was a good one. I recommend this audiobook highly.
Narrator uses consistent, distinct voices for each character, especially Owen's, which really brings it to life.
Was promising at the start, then went downhill. The political liberal undertones were far too distracting from the story. Perhaps it came back with a wonderful ending but I just couldn't continue to wait for something to happen.
The author could have left out his highly anti-American rhetoric. He also could have left out his bitterness. He is obviously a draft dodger who wants to have everyone see his point of view of the world through his sympathetic character, Owen Meany. His know-it-all attitude on religion was not well received either. This is the worst book I have ever read or listened to.
Joe did a good job with the voices, in particular portraying the bitterness of the main character, Johny.
Avoid this garbage.
Wrote a better story.
Assault on my ears.
The first four chapters. That's as far as I got before I gave up. I couldn't even finish it.
Run. Run far, far away from this book.
I would, without hesitation. Joe Barrett does an exceptional job bringing Irving's captivating, intricate novel to life. I laughed, cried, cringed, and was deeply moved.
Owen is the star of the show, but I identify with his best friend John; I'm a plodder, well-meaning, but all too often more than a little thick headed. All the characters were well wrought and multi-dimensional.
He did a great job with Owen, who is a character that is so over the top in so many ways that it would be easy to overdo him, and render him as a caricature. But Barrett didn't reduce him one bit; he made him human, and moving, cringe-inducing voice and all.
Owen, Hester, and Harriet Wheelright would all make for lively company.
This audio book is one of the best I've ever enjoyed. John Irving's storytelling leaves me speechless. The voice actor's performance holds up to the author's e caption ally high standard.
One has to admire an author who can tell you of a character's death in his first line and reiterate it throughout 30 hours of listening pleasure and still have you sobbing in your car on the way to work when it finally happens!