I started to listen to the book, but then bought a paper copy half way through. (Sometimes you want re-read a section, tough to do on a MP3 player). I enjoyed the spoken version so much more, than if I had just read the book. The songs and pronunciations were lost on me on the page, but the audio version brought them to life.
I like Stephen Colbert, but there is a reason his show on TV is only 30 minutes long. This book at 3.5 hours is too much Colbert, even for a fan.
This has the potential to be a good story, but is not. The writing is predictable. Don't waste your time.
I am a John Irving fan. However, but like many writers, the themes from his first hits continue to resurface in following books, i.e., young man w/ bizarre childhood, wierd sexual experiences, wrestling, East coast prep-school....This book is WAY TOO LONG at 32 hours. I should have stopped about 28 hours ago :).
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