The story and the wonderful narrator
The voice of Owen and the voices of the other characters
Owen, of course
Funny, Poignant, Awesome
Owen Meany was my favorite. The way John Irving fed us information about his character was well done. He never revealed too much but allowed us to learn about this individual.
My favorite character had to be Owen Meany. The voice of Owen Meany was unique in many ways and exactly how I pictured Owen Meany talking.
There were times I received strange looks from drivers in others cars when stopped at a traffic light. It had to look pretty strange from their perspective as I was laughing out loud at what I was hearing. Totally made me smile many, many times.
This book was a rich experience. Irving writes a witty, tragic, moving portrait of New England during the 50s and Vietnam era that is so much more than just a portrait of that time. The book was multi-layered and full of surprises. Barrett's performance as narrator was also outstanding. Given the importance of the Voice in the story, I thought he did a great job. I look forward to reading/listening to more of both Irving and Barrett's work.
What a pleasure it was to listen to Joe Barrett's vocal interpretations of the characters in Irvings wonderful book. I enjoyed the story line and all the characters developed character over time which of course is the essence of a good novel. I miss them all.
There was so much to discover and to thinking about in this novel. I listened for hours at a time. I cried and I laughed and I pondered. There are so many levels, and all engaging. Masterly written and masterly read. Don't miss this one. Just like Owen Meany, it's special!
There is no doubt in my mind that this book will become one of the great American classics. The story is bring all the elements that make it engrossing: friendship, politics, religion, family, death, love. The narrator does a fantastic job of bring this story to life with great voices, and skill. The whole package of writing and narration is great. A five star book and performance all the way!
Over the past 20 years I have listened to recorded books. The only one that comes close to this book by John Irving was A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens), and I have loved and disliked many in many genres (all fiction). This book was so well constructed, so true to the characters, so beautifully read, that I cried when it ended. If you like good writing, if you like good narration, you will like this one. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
There were scenes that I laughed to hard I cried-- while driving.
The narration of this book is divine. I recommended this book to another audiophile before I even finished it.
I usually get thrillers or mysteries but tried "a Prayer for Owen Meany" because of it's length and rating. This is a great book, well worth the time and credits.
A beautiful and touching story. A must read/listen for everyone. You will not be disappointed. So sad it's over. I wish the story never ended