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The World According to Garp Audiobook

The World According to Garp

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Publisher's Summary

Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations.

The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. With more than 10 million copies in print, in more than 30 languages and in more than 40 countries, this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."

©1976, 1977, 1978 John Irving; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A wonderful novel, full of energy and art." (The Washington Post)
"Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it....Irving's blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous....Brilliant, funny, and consistently wise; a work of vast talent." (The New Republic)

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    "Worst Narrator EVER"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is wonderful. It's one of my favorite Irving novels. I recommend reading the novel over listing to the droning narration. Save your Audible credit for something else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny Garp is my favorite character. She may not be one to gush with emotion, but she cares deeply for her son and for the well being of exploited women.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    His voice is monotone, mechanical and nearly without emotion. Why, oh why, couldn't someone have paid Dennis Boutsikaris to read this novel?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The text is rich and layered with many interesting characters. The narration makes me want to chuck my tablet out the window.


    Any additional comments?

    Who approved the casting of Michael Prichard????????

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DWR Minnesota, USA 07-09-13
    DWR Minnesota, USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "No where near as good as "A Prayer for Owen Meany""

    Odd book and strange view of women but maybe that is what John Irving was trying to do.

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    Rebecca Jentzen 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It's my favorite Irving"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The World According to Garp to be better than the print version?

    Garp was one of the first books I read as a young adult so I cannot truly compare the two. I loved reading Garp; I loved listening to Garp.


    What other book might you compare The World According to Garp to and why?

    I would compare the book to The Crimson Petal and the White because the characters and story is incredibly detailed and comes together at the end in a symphony of what had previously seems insignificant. I felt as if I knew the characters and they were entirely three dimensional and had their own faults.


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

    The book is hilariously tragic. It's all the dirty things that we all live but never talk about. Irving describes heart breaking emotion with such eloquence that you FEEL the way that Garp feels. I've reread this book countless times and I always interpret it differently based on my stage of life.


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    anthony whitford NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, US 05-06-10
    anthony whitford NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, US 05-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "boring"

    the narrator and sound quality of this audiobook are poor.

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    Prsilla 10-16-11
    Prsilla 10-16-11 Member Since 2016

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "And THEN what happened?"

    I just finished listening to this book following Son of the Circus and before that, Cider House Rules. I already loved Owen Meany. I like Garp's mother very much. I like Garp. I'm a bit weary of so much violence and drama, sexual ambiguity, etc. Of course it's a good book! All the ends are properly tied up. My main reason for reviewing this at all is that I found Michael Prichard's reading flawless. Not boring, not colorless, not any of the bad qualities other listeners found. Personally, I don't do too well with absurdity and some kinds of comedy. Still, I was hooked into the story in several places where I needed to stop and do my own life, but I kept listening. I quite forgot who was reading. Overall, most worthwhile. I will listen again for sure!

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    Mark Crone San Diego, CA United States 03-08-17
    Mark Crone San Diego, CA United States 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    I really liked this book. The story is very well written. Took some time to get used to the narration, I could see that some people may not finish listening. I wished for a more entertaining narration.

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    Ernest Messex St. Louis, Missouri 01-12-17
    Ernest Messex St. Louis, Missouri 01-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great book, sub par recording."

    I love the book, but this recording has issues. sometimes it's too soft as if it has lost audio fidelity. the recording just sounds old. I still liked it. The recording "A prayer for Owen Meant" is so much better.

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    Mon Dobrin 11-28-16
    Mon Dobrin 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, drab performance"

    This is my second reading of this book. I enjoy the story very much, but the audio version dry and dispassionate. It doesn't do the novel justice.

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    Bradley 11-08-16
    Bradley 11-08-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Badly recorded version"

    Horribly tinny recording – did not purchase this adaptation. Too difficult to listen through comfortable day. I sadly made it only about 30 minutes into a wonderful book. Such a pity.

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    Kelly Smith 10-21-16
    Kelly Smith 10-21-16
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    "Magnificent"

    Michael Prichard does a wonderful job of narrating John Irving's finest work. While self-defamed as an "X-rated soap opera", The World According to Garp is anything but, and provides the listener with laughs and, occasionally, tears. As my favorite novel, I highly recommend it to everyone.

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