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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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    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 09-18-16
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 09-18-16 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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    "The afterword by Irving is worth the purchase."
    Any additional comments?

    Garp is quintessential Irving. The twisted stories all reveal essential human truths of love, and fear of loss of what is dear to you. He luxuriates in revealing the foibles of human lust and hubris .He is many times the prophet, warning you of where not to go. Please listen and enjoy. He is the master.

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    Chris Hager NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, US 09-14-16
    Chris Hager NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, US 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "incredible buck not a fan of the narration"

    probably one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure I listening to amazing character development and story feels more like a documentary TV series with incredibly interesting characters that a novel

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    Molly M Doell 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "delightfully heavy and fun"

    enjoyed this as an audiobook, a twisting story of love and death, and fear that comes with both. Jenny Fields is what every mother should be :)

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    Jessica S. Southard Portland, OR 08-02-16
    Jessica S. Southard Portland, OR 08-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Narration Needs Improvement"

    The word ogled was pronounced incorrectly, the word live was used instead of life, and the stuttering, lisps, and accents of characters were very distracting and over-exaggerated.

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    jen 06-15-16
    jen 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Irving"

    I loved it and then hated it and then loved it again. It's so weird but so interesting. The characters come alive and you have to finish the book because you have to know what happens to them.

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