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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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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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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

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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A beautiful and memorable story

This is a wonderful story that took me on a journey with Dr Larch and Homar Wells. A story that I'll remember for many years to come. It is quite long and the pace is very slow at times.

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Really interesting story

This book is not what I expected....it was better. A beautifully woven tale with two disparate, yer intertwined topics. I loved the deadpan nature of the dialogue. Not your typical John Irving novel, but then again what is....

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Poor quality recording, fantastic story!

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The recording has a LOT of ambient noise and other voices in the background. It's very distracting and takes away from the very talented and well-suited narrator.

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Great listen!

This is an excellent listen from performance to writing. If you watched the movie you'll be in for a surprise. It barely resembles the book and does not do it justice. It leaves out about 90% of the story, omits characters, and alters the storyline. You won't regret investing over 20 hours to get the real story.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 02-08-15

Marvelous Story About Rules, How We Break Them

What did you love best about The Cider House Rules?

I loved the quirky characters. Every word written was perfect for the situation. How abortion and the pros and cons can be presented without judgment just made it better. Homer is conflicted but Dr. Larch finds a way to make him of use.

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

I'm not a book reviewer but this book has everything, humor, sadness, death but even turning that into good. His characters have a strength not found easily. It reminds me of Ken Follett Century Trilogy and Wuthering Heights. Irving is a gifted writer.

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

This was my first book by Grover Gardner and I liked him. Wish he was narrating all of Irving's books.

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

Yes, it had me laughing out loud at times like when Wally socks Homer for his continued use of saying "right" to everything. This book has it all, love of a parent, a child, the nurses care of the orphans, the responsibility of different sets of rules being applied at different times. It is very complicated but so are the issues discussed. You hope all along that Homer does what is right for all,and ultimately he does.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that should be required reading by every high school student. A way to,make us think about huge issues but in a rational way. Someone must be available to help women.