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Kilcolgan, Ireland | Member Since 2011

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3822)
    Performance
    (2723)
    Story
    (2729)

    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.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "What a performance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Owen. He was so smart, he thought about things so deeply, and he was so loyal.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Prayer for Owen Meany and why?

    Owen was brought to life by Joe Barrett. I can't think of the book without hearing Joe's Owen voice in my head, and imagining what he'd say about something.


    Any additional comments?

    I was left with a feeling of regret that two lives were not lived as they should have been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

    Chrissie says: "A puzzle - is it worth the effort?"
    "Stunning story and performance - Missing it!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare Life After Life to and why?

    One Day, The Last Letter from Your Lover


    Have you listened to any of Fenella Woolgar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, she's new to me, but I'll be looking into her other performances.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I never wanted to reach my destination in the car and turn it off. I miss it since I finished listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I've recommended this to my friends. I just loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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