The time John Irving takes to develop his characters shows that he is well read in history, politics, literature, psychology, and religion. It's a lengthy story, but the small details throughout the book culminate meaningfully at the end. By the time I finished the book, I felt the loss of dear Owen Meany praying with Johnny that God would bring him back.
It is magical. It has friendship, love-in many forms, coming of age, vision-quite literally, conflict with society, soulfulness, mystery and it is written in a most masterful manner. This is my favorite book of all time. In my thinking, there is nothing better!
Goldfinch-Epic, coming of age. A wonderful book, but it is very difficult to compare anything to A Prayer for Owen Meany.
I do not recall listening to him. His performance was great.
It may require a knowledge of the era.
The story was a joy to read, and the narrater, Joe Barrett, made the book come alive with his extraordinary voice interpretations. Also enjoyed John Irving's commentary at the end of the story.
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo? Only because both are so very well-written. And I found myself really caring about the characters in the books.
Owen Meany, of course. But I loved grandmother as well.
No, way too long.
This would be a great audio book for a long trip.
In general I really enjoy John Irving and the story, character development, the writing and the performance of Joe Barrett are a perfect mix. I listen in the car and never wanted to leave the bubble. I miss Owen Meany.
I cried often while listening to this book; not necessarily from it being sad but from the beautiful descriptions of the characters and their psychology. Irving has a great way of making you feel what his characters feel without having to label them.
This was an amazing story. I laughed, I wanted to weep. It was hard to put down once I got into the plot. There were several unexpected plot twists. Also I loved the audible version because the narrator did a wonderful job in the voices he used for various characters especially Owen Meany. It's a book I would recommend and listen to or read again.
I feel like I ought to write a review because I have so many feelings and emotions after listening to this book. I simply cannot do it, in part because I am not in any way as articulate as the other reviewers but also because my emotions run so high at this point. Let me just suggest that you read over the four or five star reviews and take them to heart. And don't skip the interview with John Irving at the end of the book.
One of the best narrations (of out of several dozen) I've heard. I admit that I got bored with the story about halfway through, but that might just be because I listen while working and may have been more distracted than usual. Glad I picked it back up after a couple of weeks- excellent story and could not have predicted the details of the ending. Highly, highly recommend this book!!