Over the past 20 years I have listened to recorded books. The only one that comes close to this book by John Irving was A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens), and I have loved and disliked many in many genres (all fiction). This book was so well constructed, so true to the characters, so beautifully read, that I cried when it ended. If you like good writing, if you like good narration, you will like this one. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
There were scenes that I laughed to hard I cried-- while driving.
The narration of this book is divine. I recommended this book to another audiophile before I even finished it.
I usually get thrillers or mysteries but tried "a Prayer for Owen Meany" because of it's length and rating. This is a great book, well worth the time and credits.
A beautiful and touching story. A must read/listen for everyone. You will not be disappointed. So sad it's over. I wish the story never ended
John S. I enjoy the audiobook experience. History, fiction and biography seem to be my favorites. Audiobooks are like friends. The stories do grow in the telling. The art of narration, the conscious act of storytelling is essential.
What a wonderful audiobook experience. A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY is one of my favorite listens and I recommend it highly for anyone who prizes the unique marriage of fine writing and superb narration. John Irving is one of my favorite American novelists. In A PRAYER FOR OWN MEANY he focuses the sum of his many literary talents through this one unforgettable story. Irving is truly a masterful storyteller. He captures the reader/listener's attention from the very beginning with humor, wonderfully-crafted characters, honest human longing and a writer's compassion for the inner oddball that each of us carries through our own waking worlds. Likewise, Joe Barrett narrates A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY with his own compliment of artistry and empathy. He is perhaps the one reader in this business with the skill and sensitivity to create the requirement of Owen Meany's legendary annoying voice in a manner that in no way loses the spot-on wisdom of Owen's words. If you want to experience a really fine American novel by one of our best writers and audiobook artsts, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY is the ideal choice.
I loved this book. The narrator was fantastic in bringing the characters to life. I adored Owen and did not want the story to end.
I really enjoyed this book, and I got it because of all the positive reviews. My only problem is, why must the reader be subjected to the authors political views? That was the only thing that turned me off. I found myself tuning out at certain points, and then getting back into it when he stuck to the relationships and characters. I think you can write a book like this without adding all your own political views. I would have rated this 5 stars if not for that!
I am rating this a 2 because the premise of the story is good. However, it was all I could do to force myself to finish this book. What I really didn't like about it was the authors constant "I hate America" theme, which didn't add to the story. The author comes off sounding like a spoiled, angst-ridden ex-pat professor who feels like he has to constantly condemn Americans and every thing about Americans. The narrator did a good job except that 'the voice" of Owen Meany was so grating, that if you feel you must read this book, do exactly that, read it.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
Owen Meany is an unforgettable character - you will identify with him- expecially if you grew up in New England in the 60's as I did. I don't always understand little Owen, but in his time and place, he makes a weird, wonderful kind of sense. If not, at least he's honest - what more could you expect from John Irving. Yes, he's long-winded . . .but an important writer that we will be reading for years to come.