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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 11 people found this review helpful
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    M Kaufman Louisville, KY United States 11-01-09
    M Kaufman Louisville, KY United States 11-01-09 Listener Since 2001
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    "Such a disappointing narrator..."

    Anyone familiar with this novel or movie knows the dynamic and large exciting storyline, that is crazy in all the good ways. Wish I had payed more attention to the preview. This reader is the most sluggish, boring and WORST person to accompany you on the journey that this wonderful novel is. Listeners beware

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maria McPhee 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible"

    The story was unforgettable and the characters very rich with energy. Garp has much to offer.

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    P. Makarevich 06-14-17 Member Since 2017

    slow reader

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    "Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?"

    Was this John Irving's choice of narrators?
    Sorry to sound unkind but it's my favorite book of all time; I'm trying to get used to his narration so I can relive it in audio but I just don't enjoy listening and I'm disappointed.
    But I am not giving up completely because it's the most wonderful story ever in my opinion .

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    Tim 05-25-17
    Tim 05-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible narration"

    Only a tenth of the way through this book and I love the story. The narration and sound quality are absolutely horrible, leaving me to wonder if I can even finish the book. Tinny sound, monotone, monotonous narrator and varying sound quality (from poor to horrible). This is well below Audible standards, and should be re-engineered with a new narrator using proper equipment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mon Dobrin 11-28-16
    Mon Dobrin 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, drab performance"

    This is my second reading of this book. I enjoy the story very much, but the audio version dry and dispassionate. It doesn't do the novel justice.

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    Bradley 11-08-16
    Bradley 11-08-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Badly recorded version"

    Horribly tinny recording – did not purchase this adaptation. Too difficult to listen through comfortable day. I sadly made it only about 30 minutes into a wonderful book. Such a pity.

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    Kelly Smith 10-21-16
    Kelly Smith 10-21-16
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    "Magnificent"

    Michael Prichard does a wonderful job of narrating John Irving's finest work. While self-defamed as an "X-rated soap opera", The World According to Garp is anything but, and provides the listener with laughs and, occasionally, tears. As my favorite novel, I highly recommend it to everyone.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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