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A Prayer for Owen Meany Audiobook

A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended.

In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of John Irvin's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

Why we think it’s a great listen: For 20 years, John Irving believed that his ambitious novel could never be adequately executed in audio – and then he met narrator Joe Barrett.... In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument.


This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

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What the Critics Say

"This moving book comes across like a concerto in this audio version, with a soloist—Owen's voice—rising from the background of an orchestral narration. This book, one of the finest of its time, gets the narration that it deserves." (AudioFile)

“John Irving, who writes novels in the unglamorous but effective way Babe Ruth used to hit home runs, deserves a medal not only for writing this book but for the way he has written it. . . . A Prayer for Owen Meany is a rare creation in the somehow exhausted world of late twentieth-century fiction—it is an amazingly brave piece of work . . . so extraordinary, so original, and so enriching. . . . Readers will come to the end feeling sorry to leave [this] richly textured and carefully wrought world.” (Stephen King)

"Roomy, intelligent, exhilarating, and darkly comic...Dickensian in scope....Quite stunning and very ambitious." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    CindyTX 11-29-16
    CindyTX 11-29-16
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    "Brilliant!"

    I bought this book as the second of a BOGO free. I never expected it to end up being one of the best books I've ever read or listed to. I loved the story and the way the author kept pulling me forward. the character development, the rich yet effortless descriptions. The encounters with history, just the right amount of twists, and the lives lived. Thank you Mr Irving. Note: after the book there is a short interview with the author. The interviewer makes some assumptions and harps on a particular subject I don't think is worth the amount of time he dedicates to it. Your call as to whether you listen, although I did find the overall interview interesting.

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    Amazon Customer 11-28-16
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    "As good as it gets"

    The story, writing, and reading of this book are as good as they get. Fabulous!

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    Thomas 11-26-16
    Thomas 11-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great excursion"

    I have not read Irving's other books. I did see "Cider House Rules" but not having read others I was surprised at how thorough a writer he is. This excursion into the lives of a small town mostly existing for the sake of their upper crust prep school I found to be very interesting device, (One of my oldest friends grew up in such a place and when I asked her about the author she told me he was her next door neighbor growing up, adding extra interest for me). He does however deliver many engaging dilemmas for our consideration. It is a very satisfying book that will stay with me for a long time. I am also sure that many folks of a religiosity nature are likely to condemn it as a challenge to their narrow belief structure.

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    rg 11-25-16
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    "nvr a dull moment"

    I CANT BELIEVE THIS IS FICTION! i laughed, got choked up & kinda cried. if everyone had a friend like Owen Meany... or the compassion & simplistic mind as John what a place Earth would be. this wasnt a book about ethnic heritage but so many times i forgot all the characters were white, even with the British accent of Grandmother. so many stories were weaved n2 one here; by far the best "coming of age story" i know of.

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    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 11-20-16
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 11-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Still on my mind..."

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. I recommend it very highly to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction.
    The characters and events of this novel remain with me, to the extent that I'm re-reviewing it a year or so later.
    The relationship between the little boys who are the book's main characters, and the insights of one of them, years later now that he's an adult, resonate with me. I'm not sure I can put into words what it was about this novel that drew me in and captivated my imagination, but I listened to it twice in a row, and it's still on mind much later. Very few other audiobooks in my 450-item library even come close.

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    Linda 11-17-16
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    "Best Audible book I've purchased ever."

    This book will make you LOL as well as shed tears of sadness. Narrator is excellent. Get it. You won't regret it.

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    M. Tosi 11-16-16
    M. Tosi 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A story of a prophet and hero"

    A great novel about a prophet, disciples and no greater love... An excellent tale of love and sacrifice

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    lynda smith Asheville, nc 11-16-16
    lynda smith Asheville, nc 11-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "10 plus hours of "prairie home companion""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who loves garrison kieler. a reader doesn't need forward motion to be entertained


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

    I think his narration was fine. the "squeaky" voice a little over the top, but a good narrator


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    Kindle Customer 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Prayer for Owen Meany"

    It's a very powerful story. I think that I would have missed some subtleties if I had not read the book first.

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    Meagan 11-15-16
    Meagan 11-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Ridiculously long and dreadfull"
    Would you try another book from John Irving and/or Joe Barrett?

    Omg, I bought this book because the reviews are absolutely wonderful! I could barely get 3 hours into this. I mean... it's just boring, overly descriptive (which normally I like), the narrator didn't help matters. I mean I literally started thinking about other things while listening to the narrator drone on... based on the description I assumed i would love it as well. Not a winner for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?

    Nope


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator that's more upbeat.


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

    Bordem


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