This is a secret to be discovered if you have not already read it, It is brilliant, the story, the narrator, everything. I recommend it highly, and Owen Meany will stay with you for a long time. I am definitely going to get another book by Johns Irving, Don't miss this diamond story.
I rarely write reviews of the audiobooks I have listened to, but in this case I feel compelled to say how much I enjoyed it. It is now several weeks since I finished listening and the character of Owen Meany is still with me. I think this is because he was such a compelling character but it is also a tribute to the narrator and his ability to portray 'the voice'. There were a few points where I felt the story was developing rather slowly but when I look back I realise how important all elements were. It took me a long time to be able to listen to another book afterwards as I felt almost as if I had lost a friend.
"I love this audible book"
I had been trying to read the book for my book club but could not get into it. I could not imagine Owen's voice or understand why it was always written in capital letters. This audible really brought the characters to life and I laughed and cried my way through it.
this is a beautifully written piece. First quarter is so interesting as Owen is developed alongside other characters. The second half of the novel can feel long winded but is worth sticking out to the end. Irving writes his books from the end of to the beginning and i was glad I stuck the last half out as the plot comes tragically and poetically together in the end it may bring you to tears.
"Old Time America..... a beautiful book..."
A beautiful story, yet meandering and possibly too slow and long for some - but I loved it - please try and bear with it. The characters are marvellous, and I didn't want it to end. It will live with me.
I think that should I have picked this book up to read I might have become a bit bored, but the narration by Joe Barrett is nothing short of Diva performance...absolutely excellent- and I can't help thinking that he probably loves this book as much as me.
I highly recommend it.
This was a wonderful reading of a modern classic, capturing the idiosyncratic nature of Owen, his relationship with his best friend John and the humour, exasperation and sadness of the novel with perfection
"Can you ever forget Owen Meany"
This is a brilliant narration of an excellent book! I read it about ten years ago and loved it, and wasn't sure if an audio version could improve it. I was totally captivated!! Owen Meany really does come to life!! An unforgettable character perfectly portrayed!
"Superb story brilliantly narrated and performed."
I just loved this book from start to finish. The story is charming, intriguing and thought-provoking and the characters will stay with me forever. It is brilliantly narrated and performed. I'm not sure if Joe Barrett is the only reader, but if he is he has an astonishing range of voices, from men to women, children, old ladies and the titular star of the show whose distinctive voice I will be hearing in my head for a long time to come. I cannot recommend this product highly enough.
If you are familiar with and fond of John Irving's work the style and tone of this book will not be unfamiliar and will not disappoint. I have read Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, but this is better by far.
I both laughed (a lot) and also, I confess shed a few tears.
It is rather longer in the listening than you might expect. I'm not sure how many pages it had as a book, but I suspect a lot as the listening time clocks in at something like 27 hours.
Nevertheless, it's well worth your investment in time.
"Goed boek uitstekend voorgelezen."
Aangrijpend verhaal . Komt wat langzaam op gang. meesterlijk voorgelezen. Ik heb er van genoten
"WONDERFUL"The Voice" simply ROARS"
Spiritual, Inspirational, Perfection
Owen Meany - one of the truly great characters in modern literature
No - but he was simply brilliant - a tour de force
The book is simply astounding - its has layers of depth that evokes feelings, thoughts and ultimately emotions that stretch every aspect of a spiritual experience. A great book with humour, sadness, sense of loss and contemplation of both humanity and what it means to have faith and what it is like to lose it.
Just buy it