©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)
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....
The recording has a LOT of ambient noise and other voices in the background. It's very distracting and takes away from the very talented and well-suited narrator.
This is an excellent listen from performance to writing. If you watched the movie you'll be in for a surprise. It barely resembles the book and does not do it justice. It leaves out about 90% of the story, omits characters, and alters the storyline. You won't regret investing over 20 hours to get the real story.
This book had never been my favorite John Irvin book. The plot is intriguing and the bigger issues are thought-provoking, but the main character is boring. Homer Wells is simply not an active character. In his relationship with Candy he passively follows her lead. His life's trajectory is ultimately determined by Dr. Larch. I'd like Homer (and the book) so much better if I had felt he was actively involved in shaping his own life.
I loved the quirky characters. Every word written was perfect for the situation. How abortion and the pros and cons can be presented without judgment just made it better. Homer is conflicted but Dr. Larch finds a way to make him of use.
I'm not a book reviewer but this book has everything, humor, sadness, death but even turning that into good. His characters have a strength not found easily. It reminds me of Ken Follett Century Trilogy and Wuthering Heights. Irving is a gifted writer.
This was my first book by Grover Gardner and I liked him. Wish he was narrating all of Irving's books.
Yes, it had me laughing out loud at times like when Wally socks Homer for his continued use of saying "right" to everything. This book has it all, love of a parent, a child, the nurses care of the orphans, the responsibility of different sets of rules being applied at different times. It is very complicated but so are the issues discussed. You hope all along that Homer does what is right for all,and ultimately he does.
This is a book that should be required reading by every high school student. A way to,make us think about huge issues but in a rational way. Someone must be available to help women.
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