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The Cider House Rules Audiobook

The Cider House Rules

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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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    Greg D United States 10-06-15
    Greg D United States 10-06-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Thought Provoking, Funny and Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cider House Rules to be better than the print version?

    No. I think the narrator was a little too soft spoken.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It painted a very vivid picture of life in the days before I was born. It made me realize just how good we now have it. For example, the difficulty Melanie had finding the orchard would just not be a problem (or even a delay) today. The role of the station master was also a real eye opener.


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    E. Heard 08-22-15
    E. Heard 08-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Mom of Twins

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    "I went to another time & place & it was pleasure."
    What did you love best about The Cider House Rules?

    John Irving fully developed real characters that I enjoyed spending time with. Dr. Larch is one of my all time favorite characters. Both sides of the abortion argument were presented in a thoughtful way. The book was published 30 years ago and has withstood the test of time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cider House Rules?

    I loved the cleverness of Dr. Larch as he developed Dr. Fuzzy Stone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when Wally gave sweets to the orphans. I felt the joy he felt was captured, as well as his inner kindness.


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

    I liked listening in 45 minute snippets so I could savor the moments. It's too good to hurry through. It's important to think about what happened so you really get to know the people.


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    Anthony B. Ford Phoenix, Arizona, USA 07-30-15
    Anthony B. Ford Phoenix, Arizona, USA 07-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A different story from the movie."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cider House Rules the most enjoyable?

    I saw the movie, and liked it so much I decided to try the book. I was stunned. Other than most of the same characters you'll barely recognize the story. Excellent reader and performance. Get this to actually hear the book. It's hard to believe that Irving agreed to revamp the story to make a movie.


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

    None.


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

    Excellent reading that helps you visualize the characters.


    If you could rename The Cider House Rules, what would you call it?

    The Loss of Innocence.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Gail 07-07-15
    Gail 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "cider house rules is a great story"

    the characters are superbly drawn. the story process slowly but engages you in its rhythm. I never plan to see the movie. it couldn't possibly be as good.

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    Gailzoo Clermont, FL 06-18-15
    Gailzoo Clermont, FL 06-18-15

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    "Stick with it- it's worth it!"

    Including this in my summer listening was a difficult decision as I am in several book clubs. I must say that the narration was well done making the story both easy and enjoyable to follow.
    This would make a good book club selection offering character development as well as historical facts of the period. You would have to be a dedicated book club reader though. There was 24 hours of narration.

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    bbilly 06-03-15
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    "everything I want in an audio book"

    Great writing, great narration, great story, great characters. I've enjoyed this more than any other audible book I've purchased. the characters are so vivid and memorable. I look forward to getting to know more of Irving's novels.

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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 05-30-15
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 05-30-15 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved the insights and details."

    A comfortable, interesting story with character descriptions so precise you can really feel what they feel. I will definitely listen to it again.

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    Marcia wagner 05-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK !"

    It took a little while to get into this book but once I did I couldnt stop. The narrator was excellent.
    Dont give up on this book keep listening you won't be sorry.
    Great story, great characters its a beautiful romance but much more than just a romance story with many sub-plots that all wrap up beautifully in the final chapter.
    Well worth a credit.

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    Eileen 03-15-15
    Eileen 03-15-15
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    "Compelling food for thought"

    A history and perspective politicians and those who question abortion will find informative. Faction that may not change anyone's mind, yet will provide perspective.

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    Joel Huntsville, AL, United States 03-15-15
    Joel Huntsville, AL, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Wish I Could Recommend It"
    If you could sum up The Cider House Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Way too long


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanity of the characters


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

    I have not listened to this reader before. He did an excellent job here, and that is saying something because to me,when choosing an audio book, the reader is more important than the author.


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

    Not a book of this length and complexity.


    Any additional comments?

    I love audio books. I also love to "turn friends on" to books I enjoy. And although Cider House is one of my favorites, I am limited in who I recommend it to because of the crude, gutter language that keeps popping up (ex. the limericks). It's the same reason I stopped listening to the Scarpetta stories. (BTW - John Grisham et al don't have any trouble writing novels without this type of language.)

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