I was once a great fan of John Irving. No more. I listened to this ridiculous tome for as long as I could, and then gave up. It's one thing to write about quirky, unusual characters. It's quite another to have them doing, saying and thinking things that just aren't possible within the confines of the character as written.
I read The Kite Runner when it first came out. I saw the movie. I enjoyed them both (if one can use the word "enjoy" to describe a book like this). I bought the audio book because my 84 year old mother and I were taking a two week road trip, and she requested this book. I was uncertain at first, because she has issues with violence, but she was insistent that we listen to this book.
I was mesmerized, as was she. Having the author as narrator made the experience so much richer. I found myself hearing things that I hadn't picked up on when I read the book all those years ago.
This book sits right at the top of my "must listen" list. I know I'll listen to it again and again.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. When it began I wasn't certain I would like it. But it sucked me in and held me tight. The writing is glorious; just the way the author strings words together is sheer joy to listen to.
If there are awards given for audio book narrators, Allan Corduner should receive one for this performance. He was amazing, and the final scenes of the story had me weeping. I will search for other books narrated by this man.
It's not very often that I prefer the audio version of a book, but I'm certain that hearing this one enhanced both the story and my enjoyment of it.
I read this book when it first came out and loved it. I hesitated buying it in audio form, but finally gave in and am not sorry I did. The narrators are excellent, the story still captures my imagination and my heart, and I'm only sorry that it has to end. I don't often re-read books, but I know I'll pull out this audio book time and time again.
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