Way too long
The humanity of the characters
I have not listened to this reader before. He did an excellent job here, and that is saying something because to me,when choosing an audio book, the reader is more important than the author.
Not a book of this length and complexity.
I love audio books. I also love to "turn friends on" to books I enjoy. And although Cider House is one of my favorites, I am limited in who I recommend it to because of the crude, gutter language that keeps popping up (ex. the limericks). It's the same reason I stopped listening to the Scarpetta stories. (BTW - John Grisham et al don't have any trouble writing novels without this type of language.)
This is a wonderful story that took me on a journey with Dr Larch and Homar Wells. A story that I'll remember for many years to come. It is quite long and the pace is very slow at times.
This book is not what I expected....it was better. A beautifully woven tale with two disparate, yer intertwined topics. I loved the deadpan nature of the dialogue. Not your typical John Irving novel, but then again what is....
The recording has a LOT of ambient noise and other voices in the background. It's very distracting and takes away from the very talented and well-suited narrator.
This is an excellent listen from performance to writing. If you watched the movie you'll be in for a surprise. It barely resembles the book and does not do it justice. It leaves out about 90% of the story, omits characters, and alters the storyline. You won't regret investing over 20 hours to get the real story.
This book had never been my favorite John Irvin book. The plot is intriguing and the bigger issues are thought-provoking, but the main character is boring. Homer Wells is simply not an active character. In his relationship with Candy he passively follows her lead. His life's trajectory is ultimately determined by Dr. Larch. I'd like Homer (and the book) so much better if I had felt he was actively involved in shaping his own life.
I loved the quirky characters. Every word written was perfect for the situation. How abortion and the pros and cons can be presented without judgment just made it better. Homer is conflicted but Dr. Larch finds a way to make him of use.
I'm not a book reviewer but this book has everything, humor, sadness, death but even turning that into good. His characters have a strength not found easily. It reminds me of Ken Follett Century Trilogy and Wuthering Heights. Irving is a gifted writer.
This was my first book by Grover Gardner and I liked him. Wish he was narrating all of Irving's books.
Yes, it had me laughing out loud at times like when Wally socks Homer for his continued use of saying "right" to everything. This book has it all, love of a parent, a child, the nurses care of the orphans, the responsibility of different sets of rules being applied at different times. It is very complicated but so are the issues discussed. You hope all along that Homer does what is right for all,and ultimately he does.
This is a book that should be required reading by every high school student. A way to,make us think about huge issues but in a rational way. Someone must be available to help women.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
John Irving frightens and enlightens reader/listeners with a story about companionship rules. Irving, in "The Cider House Rules", methodically reveals pro-choice arguments for abortion. The laboratory for his pro-choice argument is an imagined orphanage, run by a doctor named Wilbur Larch. However, “The Cider House Rules” is as much about companionship alternatives and rules as it is about pro-choice arguments.
Irving weaves companionship rules into a tight, foreshadowing, and cohesive story that explains how people find a way to love, hate, obsess, neglect, and hurt each other. Irving is writing about how people find their way in life. Irving illustrates how a big part of life is waiting and seeing what happens, rather than planning and expecting life to turn out as expected. "The Cider House Rules" is a well-crafted story. Irving brilliantly outlines companionship rules that have frightening and enlightening consequences.
The complexity of the characters and their relationships
The Fault in the Stars
He helped give the character real emotions
The whole book was amazing