I would recommend this book without qualification.
It is a wonderful story in print, however, its narration takes it to another higher level.
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it on my regular walks and quite often I have had
to stop walking because of laughing.
I will continue to enjoy my Audible downloads, however, I have no real expectations that
I will ever enjoy another book to the extent that I have enjoyed this one.
I wish that I had the answer to this!
Not that I am aware of.
No, as I enjoyed the anticipation of my next listen.
Well done to all concerned.
l loved this book and would most definitely read it again. l got lost In the characters and was so sorry when l finished reading. A good read ,what this is all about.
The mother really interested me and l Would love to find out more.
The unusual story and "The Voice".
All of his different voices and his interpretation of Owen's voice.
I have not read the print version but the use of different voices by the reader enhanced the book for me.
This is a book that celebrated friendship and courage. It demonstrates constantly that self worth is not dependent on outward appearance or social status. A wonderful object lesson for our time. The story twists and turns and is revealed in stages captivating the listener' attention till you become wholly involved in the book and cannot stop listening. I loved it and it well deserves it's place on the BBC top 100 book list.
Wonderful. This book is completely dependent on the physical voice of the main character. It must have been very difficult to achieve and he did it marvelously.
Owen Meany of cause.
I would listen to this book again. The narrator absolutely brought this story to life.
This is a very touching story about Owen Meany and how he touched the lives of others. It is poignant as well as hilariously funny. The story absolutely draws you in and you become part of it.
Joe Barrett brought every sentence to life. This is the BEST narration I have heard, and I have listened to more than 50 books. He is never monotonous or "just reading the words". I am absolutely sure that I would not have enjoyed this book as much had I read it. Listening to Joe brought it to life.
I suppose Owen - he was the one that had such an effect on everyone's life.
I would in a few years. It's long, but it's a great story with a perfect narrator.
The story, the characters, the anticipation, the plot twists.
I have not, but he is my favorite narrator so far.
I laughed many times. I cried a few times. Lovely story with so many great characters.
Get it. You won't be sorry.
One of the very best.
When he was the baby of Jesus.
Have not read the book.
Owen Meany. Like his character and personality.
I am not one to give up on listening to a story but this one felt like a soap opera that never ended about two boys.....After 8 hours invested into the story I gave up! This is a first for me.
Maybe there was a meaning I did not catch but reliving a child's life is not my idea of good
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Love; Wisdom; Poignant
I loved this book. It moved me to tears, it made me laugh, it touched my heart and my mind. I have thought about the sweetness and wisdom of this young boy with the wretched voice many times over the past year. It has become one of my favorite books and I know I will listen to it again very soon. My heart felt broken for this young boy who lived such a solitary existence and faced a big, unhappy, mean world with grace and aplomb. During the parts of the story when Owen and Johnny were separated I literally grieved for Owen. I fell in love with that little boy and he lingers in my heart.
These boys lives were inexorably entwined. Their hearts were knitted together so strongly that the middle aged John (Johnny) credits Owen with making him a Christian. Owen did this through his example of love and friendship. He could be demanding and sometimes he even appeared judgmental and preachy. However, somehow he was still lovable and likable. (I don't normally enjoy this in either reality or fiction.) Owen gave his heart completely to his friend and this selfless openness effected Johnny so greatly that years later he credits Owen with his belief and faith in his God.
A quick note: The symbolism of politics runs throughout the book; Religious metaphor runs throughout as well. There are many reviews of both that I have read. I agree with points and I disagree with others as will you I am sure. This review will not discuss either any more than I did above. Personally a book stays in my heart and mind if there are characters I love, characters I hate, great studies in location, use of beautiful English which paints a picture, and things to learn. (For example when I read The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett many, many years ago, I loved all of those things so much that I became a devotee of historical fiction.) Owen Meany is a book that gave me these things I love and I am now a John Irving enthusiast. And while writing this I have become convinced that it will be listened to again very soon.
No. But he was extraordinary. His ability to screech Owen's excited voice and separate him so definitively was stunning. I imagine him sipping hot tea with honey every evening trying to repair the damage he did to his voice that day. It made for a remarkable listen and brought Mr. Irving's character to life.
The voices. You've gotta hear Owen Meany's voice!! It makes the whole listening experience that much better. A well performed story!