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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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    Olivia Spadlowski 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic narrator "

    Grover Gardner's performance is excellent. The book was a great listen. Highly recommended to all fans of the movie too.

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    Lynne Bolduc 09-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    Repeat of A Prayer for Owen Meaney but not as good. Breathy monotone narrator.

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    Annamarie 09-12-17
    Annamarie 09-12-17
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    "Will be adding this to my favorite list"

    Wonderfully told and wonderfully read! The story drew me in from the beginning and did let go !!! I'll listen to this again!!!

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    Maggie Becher 07-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best listen ever!"

    This is a great story. Loved the narrator. I couldn't stop listening. I would recommend.

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    Anonymous 04-12-17
    04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful, A New Favorite"

    I am so glad I took the time to listen to this one. I truly enjoyed the story.

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    kate fitzgerald 02-07-17
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    "Best of the Best"

    I read this book every ten years or so, and I always want to read it again right away. The Compelling, sympathetic, eccentric characters live in my heart between reads.

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    Kurbis 12-29-16
    Kurbis 12-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "On target"

    I suppose one of the many delights of John Irving is that he seems to want to celebrate the passionate pursuit of progressive ideals, but when time comes to tear apart the countervailing conservative world view, he is unable to effectively destroy the notions of the contrary position. He fights up to the edge, and leaves it there, beyond which he can no longer truthfully argue. This is astonishingly honest, and the exact means by which minds can be changed. Modern liberals could learn an important"reason in rhetoric from Mr. Irving, if they left off where they can no longer travel, they would allow for a more enlightened, or well read partisan to take over the map making

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    "Great Book"

    Lots of truth in it. Great performance. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    Amazon Customer 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "one of my favorite books ever"

    love John Irvin one of his best books. One you will re read for sure !

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    Betty 07-13-16
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    "Homer is no hero"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half was enjoyable


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?

    Yes!


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

    He might sound dry at first, but once the story gets going he is superb with the character's conversations and inner reflections.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of John Irving and his style of telling a a story that gives us the entire life of the main characters from birth to death and beyond. I relish his taste for the absurd and irritating and irritated exchanges between his characters. However, I rolled my eyes and lost affection for Homer and Candy when they have a a baby together, deceive her family, Wally's family and the baby boy they had together by telling everyone Homer adopted the baby boy Angel. Homer also becomes a bit of douche over the Cider House Rules as his role of "boss" grows over time. He is always adding to them and writing them up, making sure they are posted if not read. The story becomes tedious much of the time between Homer's first year at the apple orchard and the "15 years later" where Melony (Homer's girlfriend during his orphanage days) finally finds him. I must add here I thought Melony's story of looking for Homer was rich and well formed. Melony calls Homer out in his cowardly ways and how he treats those he is suppose to love. The end of the story is a bit rushed after such a long time spent in Dr.Larch's battles with the hospital/orphanage's board, Homer and Candy agonizing over their choices and trying to decide if Wally knows the truth. Should they tell Angel the truth? It's a good book but IMHO there are better John Irving books to read before this one.

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