Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
and I wouldn't purchase again. It is much more graphic than I am comfortable reading. However, John Irving is a master story teller and I was hooked before knowing what was coming. I couldn't stop listening to this weaving tale of right and wrong, black and white, rules and the varied why of disobediance caused by the murky middleness of life. Well written, symbolic without being blatent, full of complex and very real people. One of the main themes weaving though the book is the issue of abortion, you see it from many points of view... right down to and including looking though a speculum and seeing chunks of fetal tissue. The main character who believes abortion is killing a living soul, eventually becomes an abortionist. The book goes to very uncomfortable areas including incest, spouse abuse, masterbation, affairs, use of condoms, sex with animals, abandonment, pornography, addiction, lesbians and violence. It is not written in a dirty or foul way, rather the innocence and goodness of Homer et al, makes it feel less intense as if he is the buffer. It is a thought provoking book and I understand why the ratings are so high. Just know that it is intense and I wish I could remove some of it from my mind. It is definately not for a young reader.
I've never seen the movie, so I was approaching this book with a clean slate. Now I can't wait to rent it, because I'm dying to see whether the film brings this story to life in a way that matches the world that was created in my head.
Cider House Rules is somewhat of a commitment... you're tracing Doctor Larch and Homer Wells from their most formative years throughout their lives...and it's worth every minute. The subject matter (abortion, orphans, Alzheimer's) is pretty heavy, but you emerge from the experience feeling that you've grappled with some of the elephants you needed to tackle anyway. I'm not saying that listening to this audiobook will tell you whether or not you believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned...just that it's great to be enveloped in a story that touches on the undercurrents running through our shared experiences. In addition, great, believable characters and a narrator perfectly suited to the material.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I'm from Denver Colorado and I have three sons.
I read this book long ago and also saw the movie. I will say that this story is so much more I depth than the movie obviously. Do not pass this book up just because you saw the movie. This story was just a very well done story that moves through decades and just sweeps you along. I hated to have it end..
Tell us about yourself! I love books! I always have a book. I am reading on my nook for while I am at work, and a book ( or 2) on my iPhone from audible for while I am diving to and from work or cleaning the house.
Interesting, thought provoking
Wilbur Larch and Homer Wells too hard to choose just one.
I don't have enough time to listen to a book this long all in one sitting but it could have kept my attention for that long.
I really lived this book. Very well written and the performance was great!
My second favorite Irving book. (Owen Meany, #1.) Anyone who thinks abortion is a black and white issue should read this book. It is as relevant to today as it would be to the time about which it was written.
A beautiful, emotional novel.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
I have a large library of audio and hardcover books. Few have been as well written and thought out as well. If you are sensitive to abortion this may not be the book for you but that is not the focus of the story. I was very impressed by the last few minuites of this story. It is rare to have a story come together so well in the end. Done so well i cried without control.
I will listen many times im sure.
First off, I really love audible.com. I work 2 jobs and don't have a lot of time for reading which I love to do. With audible I can listen even while I'm at work which helps me get through those long lonely night shifts. It seems to make my job more tolerable, even enjoyable, and I never thought I'd say that.
Novels such as The Cider House Rules are what make John Irving one of my favorite authors, a master storyteller who approaches his themes from various angles. Like so many of his novels, you wish it would never end. You become so attached to the characters and the settings that you wish you could just keep going back at least for a little while every day, and when its over you almost feel the same as if you'd lost an old friend. The narration by Grover Gardner is solid. The characters, especially Dr. Larch came to life magnificently.
There are not really too many books I've read that I can fairly compare it to, although Irving's writing and storytelling prowess often remind me of a more modern Dickens. And as as always, he is fearless, unabashed, and uncompromising in his subject matter.
I thought overall he did an excellent job, especially with the character of Dr. Larch. There is a very little to find fault with.
Everytime Dr Larch wrote a passage in "A Brief History Of S.T. Clouds that began with "Here at S.T. Clouds... Also enjoyed the part where Melanie was asked to read from Jane Eyre to her bunkmates in the cider house and she kept getting interrupted with questions about what the big words meant. Reminded me of when I used to read aloud to my kids, back when they still let me.
I think Cider House is one of Irving's best books. This recording is quite good, but I'd like to hear it redone by one of the top narrators. As is, it's still a perfectly fine recording and you'll probably still enjoy it. However, I think that if they chose to have someone redo it, it has the potential to be one of the best listens out there.
I've always enjoyed reading this book myself and wasn't sure if I would enjoy the Audible version. I really enjoyed listening to the story told by Grover Gardner- his voice and tone was perfect this book.
Well written & thoughtful story, but Irving's usual knack to make you love his somewhat damaged characters misses the mark. And his offbeat humor is barely present.
If you're an Irving fan, you may be disappointed.