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Dame

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  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (225)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "Amazing book - terrible narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator would have made all the difference in the world for this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garp's children and the supporting characters were far more normal and likeable than Garp, Jenny or Helen. I particularly liked Roberta Muldoon, who had such soul and depth, and Ellen James, who was such a real character - you could imagine this being exactly how a girl/woman would react to the movement that surrounded her trauma.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Perhaps Prichard could stop holding his nose when he reads.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The World According to Garp?

    None - I think that they were so impeccably interlaced together. As you read the book, you wondered why it was necessary to know certain things, only to have it tied back in later on in a way that was horrible and brilliant.


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