"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.
"Wonderful seemingly simple story that pulls you in"
This is a wonderful, gentle, seemingly simple story that pulls you in. Beautifully written and the performance is top notch.
I must admit to being irritated with the voice of Owen Meany at the start but all will be revealed as the story unfolds. Gripped me early on and didn't let go, with a tale that one doesn't forget. I've read innumerable books, most of which I could get half way through before realising I'd read it years before. Not so with A Prayer for Owen Meany, this is an excellent book that earns it's place on the shelf of classics. Highly recommended
"A Most, Exhilarating, Houmourous, Serious Journey"
A Prayer for Owen Meany will stay imprinted in my heart and mind forever AMUST!
"Very good listen. Great narration"
Great book. Compelling storyline. I just felt that it was overly long in places, in it's telling. Would've given it 5 stars otherwise. Stick with it though, as it's worth ploughing through these 'spare-parts'. A bit like The Beatles 'White Album'. 😉
26 hours, and too short. I could have listened to the stories of John and Owen for so much longer. It's a beautiful tale, it's perfectly told, and I miss Johnny and Owen now that it's over.
Simply fantastic. Superb characterisation, I feel as if I know Owen Meany. If I could meet one literary character it would be him. Super writing, super reading. I have waited years to "read" this book and it surpassed my expectations. Brilliant stuff!
Yes, I would definitely recommend this to a friend who would have the patience to listen to this very long but unforgettable novel. The narration is first class and because it is so good, you can really invest in the characters. Owen's voice is amazing and unforgettable and the 40 year time span of the story brings alive the society, politics and history of this time.
Owen Meany, without a doubt as he makes you believe that there is good still around in the world. He also makes you confront your prejudices and revisit and ask yourself, what kind of person you are! Thank you Owen & John.
He brought the period totally to life and the voices were all different and memorable. His voice had a very warm and non judgmental tone which made you want to invest in the characters. His rendition of 'the voice' was particularly good and I will remember the phrases 'unspeakable outrage' and 'God's instrument', for as long as I live in the squeaky voice of Owen.
There were many but the totally moving climax at the end of the book moved me to tears and sadness that I would no longer be able to listen to the wonderful Owen & John again.
This is a very long listen, but totally worth the investment of your time. I tried to read this book, but gave up, so I am so glad that Joe Barratt brought it alive for me and thank you John Irving for having such insight and understanding of belief.