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The Cider House Rules | [John Irving]

The Cider House Rules

From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.
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Publisher's Summary

From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

©1985 John Irving; (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 03-11-15
    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Really interesting story"

    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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    MAD Woman 02-19-15
    MAD Woman 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor quality recording, fantastic story!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    "Great listen!"

    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.

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    Rebecca 02-13-15
    Rebecca 02-13-15
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    "The passive Homer Wells"

    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.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-08-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Marvelous Story About Rules, How We Break Them"
    What did you love best about The Cider House Rules?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Cider House Rules to and why?

    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.


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

    This was my first book by Grover Gardner and I liked him. Wish he was narrating all of Irving's books.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Annamarie 02-05-15
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    "Will be adding this to my favorite list"

    Wonderfully told and wonderfully read! The story drew me in from the beginning and did let go !!! I'll listen to this again!!!

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 01-31-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "COMPANIONSHIP RULES"

    John Irving frightens and enlightens reader/listeners with a story about companionship rules. Irving, in "The Cider House Rules", methodically reveals pro-choice arguments for abortion. The laboratory for his pro-choice argument is an imagined orphanage, run by a doctor named Wilbur Larch. However, “The Cider House Rules” is as much about companionship alternatives and rules as it is about pro-choice arguments.

    Irving weaves companionship rules into a tight, foreshadowing, and cohesive story that explains how people find a way to love, hate, obsess, neglect, and hurt each other. Irving is writing about how people find their way in life. Irving illustrates how a big part of life is waiting and seeing what happens, rather than planning and expecting life to turn out as expected. "The Cider House Rules" is a well-crafted story. Irving brilliantly outlines companionship rules that have frightening and enlightening consequences.

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    M. Mcallison 06-24-14
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    "Thought provoking and beautiful"
    What did you love best about The Cider House Rules?

    The complexity of the characters and their relationships


    What other book might you compare The Cider House Rules to and why?

    The Fault in the Stars


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He helped give the character real emotions


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was amazing


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 04-30-14
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "To be of use"

    I still think Irving's best novel. Full of irony and humor, it's major point of emphasis remains Dr. Larch's insistence on the useful life. Whether you are prolife or prochoice, Irving lays out the issues on both fronts and forces the reader to think.

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    Bob 04-16-13
    Bob 04-16-13
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    "Deep Relationships; Lifelong Love"

    I had only vague memories there was a movie and have never read any John Irving, but there was such a good sale price on this that it seemed like a good buy.

    Wow, John Irving is a wonderful storyteller. How has this guy not won a Pulitzer Prize? Better writing and storytelling is hard to find. I love Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Franzen, but now Irving is in my top 3.

    Grover Gardner is among my favorite narrators and his performance here was super smooth and effective. Grover is always superb.

    I don't think it matters what your personal views are on abortion, this novel is so much more than that part of the story. I think the core of this novel is the deep attachments and relationships that are formed that cover the arc of Dr. Wilbur Larch's and Homer Well's respective lives.

    This is an epic length story but one I think you'll never want to hurry through and you'll look forward to every minute. There are no slow parts....it just flows effortlessly.

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