"A Prayer for Owen Meany"
great book, lovely narration, a fantastic way to spend 26hrs.
though is just shame a about the music. particularly at the end, as it kicks in when you are lost in the story and it brings you round like a slap the face just when you want to be left with your thoughts. why is it there ? as you can tell it has left an unfortunate final impression on this version. this is as shame as otherwise I loved this book.
"Stay with it - a masterpiece."
Yes - the central character is just so captivating as is the book's narrator.
Owen Meany - prophetic, small, squeaky voiced, and enthralling.
The narration is what makes this - just outstanding - the best I've heard in an audible book - his range of voices is consistently brilliant.
Yes - the ending was moving and the big story of the US' conscience and the Vietnam War is revealed superbly in the tale
Stick with it for the first few chapters until the characters grow on you. The humour is laugh out loud and irreverent and yet spiritual too without ever being pious. Irving says in the interview at the end that the challenge he set himself was to ask as an atheist, what it would take for him to come to believe in God.
"difficult to go through"
There is an interesting story in this book but really really taking long time to get through. I rather preferred reading the book instead of listening then I could skip some pages more quickly. I am in the last 6 hours and feeling like I can't breathe anymore while trying to get it done. Narration is excellent, the accents are very well done, story is good but unnecessarily long.
"A fine book"
This is a fine book, and in Owen Meany, the author has created a truly memorable character. It is not a fast paced listen, but somehow manages to retain your interest throughout. John Irving's prose can plod at times - I did muse what this story might have been like in the hands of, say, Vladimir Nabokov - and this plodding is not helped by what at times is a rather worthy narration, but to be fair to the narrator he does do Owen Meany himself brilliantly, and generally holds your interest.
All that said, I did enjoy the book a lot, and have downloaded another of John Irving's books as a result.
Absolutely amazing, have just finished it and want to start it all over again. , this is the first Irving novel that I have read and cannot wait to read another. He is a modern master story teller, a la Dickens. Intellegent and spell binding and beautifully narrated.
"Fellow atheists need not be put off by the start."
Author interview at the end is an inciteful addition to this beautifully told tale of an inspiring and superhuman friend who is also a great burden despite his light weight.
"Audiobook of the Year!"
One of the funniest, the most well crafted, and possibly the most well-narrated book I've ever listened to. And quite by accident - I happened to catch part of BBA Radio 4's "A Good Read" and thought I'd give this a go. With an incredibly moving ending I never saw coming, the story also contains some of the funniest scenes I've ever heard. Outstanding.
I put off listening to this as I literally judged the book by it"s cover. This is a magnificent listen and I'm pleased I listened rather than read,: The narrator told the story more beautifully than I could ever hear it in my head. This is a book that you don't want to finish - you already know how it's going to end but not how the story comes together .. a wonderful story of how strength of character and unwavering faith overcome physical attributes .
"A good book but overlong"
I suppose so. It tended to drag on a little, with some of the passages looking like padding out rather than having real relevance to the story. Half way through, you realise what is going to happen to Owen, so the other messages in the story are a bit lost because they are all a lead up to the inevitable ending.
Isn't this the same question as the one I've just answered?
A couple of the characters were silly....Hester the Molester for example...completely crazy and unnecessary that she became a rock star.
"Brilliant Irving stuff"
Couldn't recommend this audible book more. Took me quite a few months to finish but such an enjoyable listen. The narrator is amazing, I couldn't imagine Owen Meaney's voice being anything other than this.