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.
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!
It's a love story that rings true. It gives a true sense of coming of age, of the things we wish we could change in our lives or characters and can't. It's an interesting look at faith.
I started, but didn't finish reading, not listening to, "The World According to Garp." I found it vulgar without being enlightening.Having listened to this, I'm wondering whether Irving is best read aloud. Journalists have an expression, that a story should sing. This one does pretty well. It's not a masterpiece, but it's a good listen.
Probably either the hide-and-seek scene in the beginning, or the interactions with the disappointed ROTC instructor at the end and the horrid family. Both are true to life.
No. He's said what there is to say here.
This book made it a little more likely that I'll try Garp again.
Very long book. Sometimes lost track of story while listening. Entertaining and very thought provoking. Narrator does great job! Worth a listen
I tried to read this novel but just couldn't get through it. I wanted to though so finally I got the audio version. It was so worth the money and time. The performance really was perfect. I now am encouraged to read more from Irving...and Dickens...and Hardy.