First off, I really love audible.com. I work 2 jobs and don't have a lot of time for reading which I love to do. With audible I can listen even while I'm at work which helps me get through those long lonely night shifts. It seems to make my job more tolerable, even enjoyable, and I never thought I'd say that.
Novels such as The Cider House Rules are what make John Irving one of my favorite authors, a master storyteller who approaches his themes from various angles. Like so many of his novels, you wish it would never end. You become so attached to the characters and the settings that you wish you could just keep going back at least for a little while every day, and when its over you almost feel the same as if you'd lost an old friend. The narration by Grover Gardner is solid. The characters, especially Dr. Larch came to life magnificently.
There are not really too many books I've read that I can fairly compare it to, although Irving's writing and storytelling prowess often remind me of a more modern Dickens. And as as always, he is fearless, unabashed, and uncompromising in his subject matter.
I thought overall he did an excellent job, especially with the character of Dr. Larch. There is a very little to find fault with.
Everytime Dr Larch wrote a passage in "A Brief History Of S.T. Clouds that began with "Here at S.T. Clouds... Also enjoyed the part where Melanie was asked to read from Jane Eyre to her bunkmates in the cider house and she kept getting interrupted with questions about what the big words meant. Reminded me of when I used to read aloud to my kids, back when they still let me.
I've never read the printed version but the audio was well narrated.
Hmmm...None really come to mind that are too similar. Maybe The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.
I thougt he portrayed the characters well, especially Walt. Good comedy relief.
The fight scene with Jimmy Minty was pretty entertaining.
Nice writing and fairly believable characters. I'm steadily becoming a Richard Russo fan.
Clarice, because of her young, innocent enthusiasm and infectious nature which overtook Montag, ultimately giving birth to defiance once opening his eyes to societys oppressions.
He had such incredible imagination and vision, and I like his writing style, always rich in detail. I definitely would try more because I've loved his books since I was a teenager. His narration not so much.
I wouldn't care to see that. For the most part I'm not a fan of movies that are based on novels. Usually, with a small number of exceptions, they are watered down versions and it seems like important details almost always get left out.
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