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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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    elaine United States 01-12-13
    elaine United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Fantastic story to revisit"

    I read this book long ago and also saw the movie. I will say that this story is so much more I depth than the movie obviously. Do not pass this book up just because you saw the movie. This story was just a very well done story that moves through decades and just sweeps you along. I hated to have it end..

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    ProCaptioner Pleasant Grove, UT, US 12-27-12
    ProCaptioner Pleasant Grove, UT, US 12-27-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! I love books! I always have a book. I am reading on my nook for while I am at work, and a book ( or 2) on my iPhone from audible for while I am diving to and from work or cleaning the house.

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    "Sad, funny, thought provoking, great story!"
    If you could sum up The Cider House Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, thought provoking


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Wilbur Larch and Homer Wells too hard to choose just one.


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

    I don't have enough time to listen to a book this long all in one sitting but it could have kept my attention for that long.


    Any additional comments?

    I really lived this book. Very well written and the performance was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    leighda 12-07-12
    leighda 12-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "One of the best i have listened to.."

    I have a large library of audio and hardcover books. Few have been as well written and thought out as well. If you are sensitive to abortion this may not be the book for you but that is not the focus of the story. I was very impressed by the last few minuites of this story. It is rare to have a story come together so well in the end. Done so well i cried without control.
    I will listen many times im sure.

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    Mark Glens Falls, NY, United States 12-06-12
    Mark Glens Falls, NY, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Cider House Rules"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cider House Rules the most enjoyable?

    First off, I really love audible.com. I work 2 jobs and don't have a lot of time for reading which I love to do. With audible I can listen even while I'm at work which helps me get through those long lonely night shifts. It seems to make my job more tolerable, even enjoyable, and I never thought I'd say that.
    Novels such as The Cider House Rules are what make John Irving one of my favorite authors, a master storyteller who approaches his themes from various angles. Like so many of his novels, you wish it would never end. You become so attached to the characters and the settings that you wish you could just keep going back at least for a little while every day, and when its over you almost feel the same as if you'd lost an old friend. The narration by Grover Gardner is solid. The characters, especially Dr. Larch came to life magnificently.


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

    There are not really too many books I've read that I can fairly compare it to, although Irving's writing and storytelling prowess often remind me of a more modern Dickens. And as as always, he is fearless, unabashed, and uncompromising in his subject matter.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought overall he did an excellent job, especially with the character of Dr. Larch. There is a very little to find fault with.


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

    Everytime Dr Larch wrote a passage in "A Brief History Of S.T. Clouds that began with "Here at S.T. Clouds... Also enjoyed the part where Melanie was asked to read from Jane Eyre to her bunkmates in the cider house and she kept getting interrupted with questions about what the big words meant. Reminded me of when I used to read aloud to my kids, back when they still let me.


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    Laura Seattle, WA, United States 11-30-12
    Laura Seattle, WA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good, but could be great"

    I think Cider House is one of Irving's best books. This recording is quite good, but I'd like to hear it redone by one of the top narrators. As is, it's still a perfectly fine recording and you'll probably still enjoy it. However, I think that if they chose to have someone redo it, it has the potential to be one of the best listens out there.

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    jessie Niles, Ca 09-24-12
    jessie Niles, Ca 09-24-12
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    "Loved it, as always"

    I've always enjoyed reading this book myself and wasn't sure if I would enjoy the Audible version. I really enjoyed listening to the story told by Grover Gardner- his voice and tone was perfect this book.

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    nancy campione 08-24-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, not great."

    Well written & thoughtful story, but Irving's usual knack to make you love his somewhat damaged characters misses the mark. And his offbeat humor is barely present.

    If you're an Irving fan, you may be disappointed.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, Colorado, United States 01-21-13
    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, Colorado, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging story and performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is entertaining and thought provoking. The characters are interesting.


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

    The world according to garp


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

    No


    If you could take any character from The Cider House Rules out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ray, he seems like an interesting character


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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