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Steve Walker

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Wow, unbelievably disappointed"
    Overall

    Usually, I find the ratings on Audible to be highly reliable and I also cross-check them with Amazon. Owen Meany got great ratings from both. That is why I was so utterly disappointed with this book. I had to abandon it after about 9 hours of listening because it just would not keep my attention. The characters are interesting, but nothing happens. And I got incredibly sick of John Irving's political diatribes that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the story (such as it was) being told. This is easily the worst audiobook I have ever purchased (and I have purchased about 100) and only the second one I have ever abandoned without finishing. The first one I abandoned because it was read by the author and the audio quality was horrible. This one I abandoned because the story was pathetic (the narrator was great).

    Do NOT buy this audiobook. You will be disappointed.

    30 of 68 people found this review helpful

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