©1985 John Irving; (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Witty, tenderhearted, fervent, and scarifying." (New York Times Book Review)
"Gardner understands and conveys the book's sly humor and comprehension of human foibles." (Los Angeles Times)
"John Irving's best novel....He is among the very best storytellers." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
I saw the movie, and liked it so much I decided to try the book. I was stunned. Other than most of the same characters you'll barely recognize the story. Excellent reader and performance. Get this to actually hear the book. It's hard to believe that Irving agreed to revamp the story to make a movie.
Excellent reading that helps you visualize the characters.
The Loss of Innocence.
the characters are superbly drawn. the story process slowly but engages you in its rhythm. I never plan to see the movie. it couldn't possibly be as good.
Including this in my summer listening was a difficult decision as I am in several book clubs. I must say that the narration was well done making the story both easy and enjoyable to follow.
This would make a good book club selection offering character development as well as historical facts of the period. You would have to be a dedicated book club reader though. There was 24 hours of narration.
Great writing, great narration, great story, great characters. I've enjoyed this more than any other audible book I've purchased. the characters are so vivid and memorable. I look forward to getting to know more of Irving's novels.
A comfortable, interesting story with character descriptions so precise you can really feel what they feel. I will definitely listen to it again.
It took a little while to get into this book but once I did I couldnt stop. The narrator was excellent.
Dont give up on this book keep listening you won't be sorry.
Great story, great characters its a beautiful romance but much more than just a romance story with many sub-plots that all wrap up beautifully in the final chapter.
Well worth a credit.
A history and perspective politicians and those who question abortion will find informative. Faction that may not change anyone's mind, yet will provide perspective.
Way too long
The humanity of the characters
I have not listened to this reader before. He did an excellent job here, and that is saying something because to me,when choosing an audio book, the reader is more important than the author.
Not a book of this length and complexity.
I love audio books. I also love to "turn friends on" to books I enjoy. And although Cider House is one of my favorites, I am limited in who I recommend it to because of the crude, gutter language that keeps popping up (ex. the limericks). It's the same reason I stopped listening to the Scarpetta stories. (BTW - John Grisham et al don't have any trouble writing novels without this type of language.)
This is a wonderful story that took me on a journey with Dr Larch and Homar Wells. A story that I'll remember for many years to come. It is quite long and the pace is very slow at times.
This book is not what I expected....it was better. A beautifully woven tale with two disparate, yer intertwined topics. I loved the deadpan nature of the dialogue. Not your typical John Irving novel, but then again what is....
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