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A Prayer for Owen Meany Audiobook

A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Publisher's Summary

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.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of John Irvin's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

Why we think it’s a great listen: For 20 years, John Irving believed that his ambitious novel could never be adequately executed in audio – and then he met narrator Joe Barrett.... 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.


This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

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What the Critics Say

“John Irving, who writes novels in the unglamorous but effective way Babe Ruth used to hit home runs, deserves a medal not only for writing this book but for the way he has written it. . . . A Prayer for Owen Meany is a rare creation in the somehow exhausted world of late twentieth-century fiction—it is an amazingly brave piece of work . . . so extraordinary, so original, and so enriching. . . . Readers will come to the end feeling sorry to leave [this] richly textured and carefully wrought world.” (Stephen King)

"Roomy, intelligent, exhilarating, and darkly comic...Dickensian in scope....Quite stunning and very ambitious." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"John Irving is an abundantly and even joyfully talented storyteller." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Mark 08-08-15
    Mark 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the Best"
    Would you listen to A Prayer for Owen Meany again? Why?

    Yes I'd listen to this again because the story is great and because the narrator does a wonderful job.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Obviously, Owen.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this audio book!

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    Marilyn Jackson 08-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Prayer For Owen Meany"

    I enjoyed this book, even though it was different from anything I had previously listened to or read.

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    Stephanie 08-02-15
    Stephanie 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Character Development In a First Person Narrative"

    The time John Irving takes to develop his characters shows that he is well read in history, politics, literature, psychology, and religion. It's a lengthy story, but the small details throughout the book culminate meaningfully at the end. By the time I finished the book, I felt the loss of dear Owen Meany praying with Johnny that God would bring him back.

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    Charlene Hunt 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome read"

    Great performance and amazing tale. I would recommend to anyone. The story line was engaging and got the reader thinking

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    Kathy Yergeau Coventry, RI USA 07-10-15
    Kathy Yergeau Coventry, RI USA 07-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Long but worth it"

    Owen's voice is a real treat for this book, you will enjoy the characters and really get to know them.

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    Amazon Customer 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite Book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is magical. It has friendship, love-in many forms, coming of age, vision-quite literally, conflict with society, soulfulness, mystery and it is written in a most masterful manner. This is my favorite book of all time. In my thinking, there is nothing better!


    What other book might you compare A Prayer for Owen Meany to and why?

    Goldfinch-Epic, coming of age. A wonderful book, but it is very difficult to compare anything to A Prayer for Owen Meany.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not recall listening to him. His performance was great.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Prayer for Owen Meany and why?

    OWEN...READ IT!


    Any additional comments?

    It may require a knowledge of the era.

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    nancy 06-22-15
    nancy 06-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorite books of all time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was a joy to read, and the narrater, Joe Barrett, made the book come alive with his extraordinary voice interpretations. Also enjoyed John Irving's commentary at the end of the story.


    What other book might you compare A Prayer for Owen Meany to and why?

    Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo? Only because both are so very well-written. And I found myself really caring about the characters in the books.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Owen Meany, of course. But I loved grandmother as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great audio book for a long trip.

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    NJB 06-21-15
    NJB 06-21-15
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to A Prayer for Owen Meany again? Why?

    In general I really enjoy John Irving and the story, character development, the writing and the performance of Joe Barrett are a perfect mix. I listen in the car and never wanted to leave the bubble. I miss Owen Meany.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried often while listening to this book; not necessarily from it being sad but from the beautiful descriptions of the characters and their psychology. Irving has a great way of making you feel what his characters feel without having to label them.


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    Texas gal 06-15-15
    Texas gal 06-15-15
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    "Amazing Story"

    This was an amazing story. I laughed, I wanted to weep. It was hard to put down once I got into the plot. There were several unexpected plot twists. Also I loved the audible version because the narrator did a wonderful job in the voices he used for various characters especially Owen Meany. It's a book I would recommend and listen to or read again.

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    Ms. Patty 06-12-15
    Ms. Patty 06-12-15
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    "Unexpected awesomeness"

    I feel like I ought to write a review because I have so many feelings and emotions after listening to this book. I simply cannot do it, in part because I am not in any way as articulate as the other reviewers but also because my emotions run so high at this point. Let me just suggest that you read over the four or five star reviews and take them to heart. And don't skip the interview with John Irving at the end of the book.

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