I've read A Prayer For Owen Meany twice in the past 20 years. I chose it as my first audible book as a sort of test: could such a wonderful book translate into a "read aloud" format? Could the voice of "THE VOICE" be accurately transposed from the one that Irving had created in my mind's ear? The readers did an excellent job.
I did find the pace of the reading a bit slow and I opted to increase the reading speed to 1.25 which worked better.
there is nothing like a long walk in the woods with a good book in one ear and mother earth in the other!
This book made me laugh and cry its a funny but interesting an sad by the end i was in love with all the characters!
One of the best books - worth its length.
The story was not always chronological but always kept moving along.
Owen Meany - wow, I was blown away with how Joe Barrett captured the essence of his voice.
Johnny Wheelwright, the narrator, to ask him about his decision to leave the US.
John Irving is an amazing writer - from The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules to this book about a strange and captivating character.
Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.
My first and only Irving book was Hotel New Hampshire. I therfor had high expectations... An it delivered in every way!
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
The reason I bought the book was it was "on sale" and the synopsis looked interesting, so I bit. Once I got into the story, it was very compelling; I loved it. The narrator did an awesome job with Owen's voice. The only criticism I have is the author's uber-liberal political meanderings (he hated Pres. Ronald Reagan). The late author Tom Clancy started doing that in his latter books too and it was such a turn-off (Clancy was a political uber-conservative). Aside from that the book was great and I recommended it to several of my family and friends.
This is the best narration I have ever heard in 4 years of listening to recorded books.
This book was the best book I've listened to so far. This book made me think, laugh and cry. The funeral scene was written so well I felt all the emotions as if I was actually participating In the event. I actually cried as if Owen was a close personal friend of mine.
I will keep this book in my mind and heart for a lifetime and will definitely listen to it again.
In my opinion John Irving is the best author I have ever read.
His attention to detail is spot on.
Don't miss out on this novel.
I could not stop listening, I found both the story and the narration compelling. I am planning to listen book to this again in the hope if the bizarre becomes more familiar I will be less baffled. Stick around for the interview at the end; a great bonus.