I have listened to hundreds of audio books but this is one of the few that compelled me to write a review. I was captivated from the first by the subject, the writing and the narration. Rarely do I come across a book that magically blends the three as this one does. For me, this was a "sit in the car the keep listening" book. I know that my 5 star rating won't change the overall rating of the book but I just had to put down in writing how wonderful this book is.
I am a huge John Irving fan and have read this book multiple (at least a dozen) times. It is my very favorite of his. So, I was extremely hesitant to buy the audio version because I was worried that the reader would not do justice to Owen's voice - in my own mind I always thought Jeff Woodman would be a great reader for this one. However, I am pleased to say that I have enjoyed listening to this tremendously. This reader does a great job of bringing out not only Owen's voice but John Irving's too. John Irving is not for everyone but if you are an Irving fan, or, if you love good writing, try this book. It is one of a kind.
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