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Clyde

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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"
    "Sets a standard!"
    Overall

    The narrator made this book come alive for me. He sets a very high bar for me now when it comes to audio books. Read this book when it came out and loved it but enjoyed it so much more this time simply due to the narrator's ability to be different characters and consistant with his voices. I found myself wanting to purchase anything read by Joe Barrett simply because of how amazing of a job he did with this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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