I saw the movie many years ago and remember enjoying it, though I could not remember all the details of the storyline. This was want interested me in downloading this book. I now wish to see the movie again as it seems much was left out from the book. For the most part I liked this audible book, though the story was drawn out and at time made me think a condensed version would have been more enjoyable.
Interesting and enjoyable. I'd like to see the movie now and then check out "The World According to Harp". I'm open to Irving's other books, maybe his newest (2015) but need more assurance.
Say something about yourself!
No. I think the narrator was a little too soft spoken.
It painted a very vivid picture of life in the days before I was born. It made me realize just how good we now have it. For example, the difficulty Melanie had finding the orchard would just not be a problem (or even a delay) today. The role of the station master was also a real eye opener.
Mom of Twins
John Irving fully developed real characters that I enjoyed spending time with. Dr. Larch is one of my all time favorite characters. Both sides of the abortion argument were presented in a thoughtful way. The book was published 30 years ago and has withstood the test of time.
I loved the cleverness of Dr. Larch as he developed Dr. Fuzzy Stone.
I loved when Wally gave sweets to the orphans. I felt the joy he felt was captured, as well as his inner kindness.
I liked listening in 45 minute snippets so I could savor the moments. It's too good to hurry through. It's important to think about what happened so you really get to know the people.
I saw the movie, and liked it so much I decided to try the book. I was stunned. Other than most of the same characters you'll barely recognize the story. Excellent reader and performance. Get this to actually hear the book. It's hard to believe that Irving agreed to revamp the story to make a movie.
Excellent reading that helps you visualize the characters.
The Loss of Innocence.
the characters are superbly drawn. the story process slowly but engages you in its rhythm. I never plan to see the movie. it couldn't possibly be as good.
Including this in my summer listening was a difficult decision as I am in several book clubs. I must say that the narration was well done making the story both easy and enjoyable to follow.
This would make a good book club selection offering character development as well as historical facts of the period. You would have to be a dedicated book club reader though. There was 24 hours of narration.
Great writing, great narration, great story, great characters. I've enjoyed this more than any other audible book I've purchased. the characters are so vivid and memorable. I look forward to getting to know more of Irving's novels.
A comfortable, interesting story with character descriptions so precise you can really feel what they feel. I will definitely listen to it again.