Love mystery books
Allowed me to immerse myself in the book - because it was long, it was meditative. Loved it and enjoyed it throughly.
The unexpected ending, the development of the characters, and the language.
It made me laugh and cry at different parts. Covered the full spectrum.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Recently read Cidar House Rules, which was a difficult read, due to the content... but I found myself trapped by the writing. I really wanted a John Irving book to read, without as much graphic content. It would be a lie to say it isn't here... but this is PG 13 verses the R of Cider House Rules. I read that John Irving writes his last sentence first and builds backwards to know where the books should start... it is like a finely crafted building. Along the way you may forget a detail that didn't get resolved... but that piece is being held in researve and will be in place by the end - no gingerbread trim here either... if it is written, there is a reason. A Prayer for Owen Meany is rich, complex and full of unforgetable characters. The reading could have been awful, given the challenge of Owen's voice... I enjoyed it. You will experience every human emotion. I will say, that although the profanity was less in this book, several characters have colorful language and I did get sick of them in my ear. Although you are hurtling towards the expected end... it is so unexpected. This will probably be my last John Irving book... but it is a keeper and I will reread again.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Lasting-Imaginitive-Consuming. A heck of a well spun story- coming of age for two boys who grew up together and stayed best friends thier entire lives, finding thier place in this world, and the love they have for each other, yet not in a homosexual way. It leaves you with the question, was Owen a false profit, misguided, yet beleived he was. Owen on the other hand grows up like so many others, just getting buy, and finds his placement in the world. So much to this book. I am awestruck.
Hester. I think she would have been fun.
THe1/3 was just building the charactors, but as you got to know them, and thier personalities, you want to read more. Then you get hooked, and thirst for more.
It really is a great & wonderful book, how it ties together. Impressive how well done John Irving did on this book. I never tought I would like it, it wasn't in my genre, but I am impressed, and came away happy I took the time to read it. I would reccomend it to anyone, and it was well worth the money. It is a must read, and rightfully belongs in the "not to be missed", or "won't be sorry for buying this selection" files!!!
yes as i did not read the print i only listened to the audio book, it was a wonderful listen
the characters were great
If the author would have just stuck to the story without going off and these long anti-American rants over an over again!
John Irving obviously hates America and spent half the very long book going into these long diatribes about evil Americans and the Vietnam War. Which, by the way, added nothing to the storyline.
The only saving grace to this whole audio book is the performance. His ability to change voices worked very well
This book made me all of the above, Angry, Sad, and disappointed because of the authors departure from the basic story line. IF you want to write an Anti-American book about the history of the Vietnam War do it, but don't try and hide it in an otherwise good story.
I will try and avoid this author in the future
John Irving captures you with characters that you love, events that take you back to
childhood and wit that pulls you in.
So many actions and events make you think, yeah I remember that or I knew someone just like him. His humanity though out this book outstanding.
This is one of my most favorite books ever, and I read ALOT!
This is 1.
Owen Meany. He climbed right into my heart, and resides there still.
I love everything that John Irving writes, but I love tis story most of all.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
I would recommend this book.
Owen Meany is an outstanding character because he is so unusual. i have known a few people like him. They were all strong and successful.
The book is not a particularly joyous or happy story, but worth the time I put in on it.
I've only heard the audio version.
Hester the Molestor, why, because she is one of the most completely believable and for me one of the saddest characters in the whole book. She is portrayed as both desirable and vulnerable and dangerous, a lost soul looking for love and fulfilment and struggling to hold onto it when she does find it. She is damaged by her childhood and it carries through the rest of her life, she struggles with anger, she's as ready to hit out as she is to make love. We are given glimpses of why she is the way she is which helps us to understand her more but we never know for sure wheter we have the full picture. Hester is just a great character.
Excellent pace, timing, intonation, emphasis. His is a calm voice that allows this strange story to unfold gently without letting his performance get in the way - this gentleness of delivery makes the story even dreamier and magical and makes his manifestations of "The VOICE" even more contrasting or jarring, but he never over cooks it. Well done Joe Barrett.
Good story with a fairytale feel.
Excellent listen, thought provoking, funny, poignant, moving and uplifting.
Covers a lot of ground, throws up some serious questions.
Great , great, story!
He brought Owen to life. I really can't imagine reading this and not listening to it.
Great book! I will read more of John Irving's books because of this one.