So much of my own life and experience came back to me when reading this book. I am all most worshipful of the story and how John Irving drew up on real events to make a masterpiece describing a turbulent time in history of the US. I repeatedly replay the portions that I thought were meaningful. And would do it again.
I read A Prayer for Owen Meany many years ago, it must have been shortly after it was first published. What an experience, coming back to it after all this time, especially because I was born around the same time as Johnny and Owen and remember well my feelings about events of the times. It is a deep and wonderful story that everyone should read but especially liberal baby boomers.
Joe Barrett does an amazing job with an extremely challenging set of characters. He captures Owen's weird voice probably as well as anyone could (and if he captured it any better no one would be able to stand to listen!) and also handles singing (male and female voices) and everything else.
This audiobook has been a real joy!
only because its so long
if there was a long trip
its very long
a few times
this is too long
but immediately after that thought
i still wanted to listen
the narrator did a wonderful
very enjoyable job
its worth hearing
I loved the story, writing, and narration. This was a really wonderful audio book. I really loved everything about it.
In the end, I really enjoyed this book, but it took til about half -way to become really involved with the characters to the point that I cared what happened to them. But when I reached that point, I found myself returning again and again to see where they were headed. John Irving is, of course, a very skillful author but was surprised at how his skillful use of foreshadowing keeps the reader engaged without revealing the plot twists too soon. I especially enjoyed the social, religious and political commentary. I NEVER read an abridged version of a book , but found myself wondering several times if this book should have been an exception.
I've read "A Prayer for Owen Meany" at least twice in print and it's high up on my personal Top Ten best books list. The audio version brings the story to life in a way that print can't, even though the author uses all caps for Owen's speech.
As best as I can tell, I'm three or 4 years younger than Johnny and Owen, so the story brought back lots of memories. I haven't read many novels about the Viet Nam era, so I may look for more. In addition, I haven't found many novels about losing and finding one's faith that aren't preachy or sticky sweet. I liked walking with the various characters through Irving's descriptions of their struggles with faith and the church (which are now more separated than ever - "I'm spiritual but not religious).
The most obvious is the uniqueness of Owen's voice which, as I have already said, is much more effective in audio than in print. Also, I was much more aware of the "Do you remember?" refrain in audio than I was in the print version.
One of the best I've ever heard. Finding the right voice for Owen must have been extremely difficult, and maintaining it throughout the book a real challenge. Joe Barrett is a genius.
Don't skip the author interview which comes at the end of the book. I enjoyed it very much.
In some ways yes the audible version is better than the print version. This reader is excellent. It is a long book but gripping and inspiring.
Everything. I listened to this book three times in a row because it was so engaging and moving and hilarious.
This is a good read/ listen. It is intelligent, entertaining and thought provoking. It has many layers.
Just read this /listen to this book.
Yes, it is a wonderful story. I love that Joe Barrett added his own flare.
Owen of course
The pace of the reader is excruciating. I love long, complicated books, but this one was terrible. The repetitive style of writing, coupled by the extraordinary slow pace of the read just about killed me. And I am unusually patient. After about hour 20, I simply could not take it any more.
NO! I liked a lot of his other books, but this one was insufferably preachy.
50% of this book is repetitious description.
I enjoyed the first third of the book, but it just went on and on. The political commentary was unnecessary and made the book much longer than it needed to be. I just gave up about 3 quarters through. I also found some of the language and sexual situations offensive. Of course... this didn't show up until later in the book when I had already become interested in the story. I tried to hang with it, but couldn't.