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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"
    "Patience is a virtue..."
    Overall

    When I download a book, I listen to the whole thing no matter how bad it may be. If this wasn't a habit that I had gotten into, I would have missed an amazing story! While the beginning wasn't awful, it crept along a little too much for my liking. The daunting task (25+ hours) that lied ahead had me considering abandoning it. Little by little, I started to enjoy it. Before it was over, I fretted about it soon coming to an end as I had grew to love the story and the amazing Owen Meany character. The other reason I fretted over reaching the end was because in almost every book I've ever read, the ending cannot live up to the story that was weaved; it seems most authors believe that all the entertainment is within the story and can't tie all the loose ends together and the ending is an after thought. Not only was the end very satisfying, it brought everything full circle and was the reason the story had to be told! I immediately started the book over again. For those reviewers, lambasting the political "whining" and the views on religion, don't take it so personal, it was just a book (and low and behold the reader becomes aware that the character's -- yes, character's, not author's -- political and religious views are an integral part of the story and ending.) The Owen Meany character will live on with me forever, literally, as I expect to give the book frequent listens in the future.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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