|# of Units:||28 CDs|
|Length:||35 hours, 30 minutes|
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I'm a devoted John Irving fan. I'm glad I waited for the audio version for long car rides and 30 minute runs outside or at the gym to handle this 35 hour book. You have to get used to the first fourth of the book - it's a full-length book treatment of a boy among older girls. It has its pay-offs but you have to be patient. In time you'll be glad you slogged thru that first fourth. This really is 2 or 3 novel-length books in one. I still have just under two hours to go but it has now been worth it. I decided it was worth it half-way thru - you may have to get that far to learn to appreciate it. Only if you're an Irving fan will you get the tone and the feel. Five stars is a lot, but its five stars are here and there in many places - and like anything that good - its not perfect - but the end product is the sum of its bests. The narration was very good - the man had to sound like a female with an accent so many different times - he deserves an A for the effort. I'm glad I've read the book.
As stated before, this is for John Irving fans. This one is very dark and you have to get through some pretty disturbing child molestation scenes told from the child's perspective who doesn't realize what is happening is wrong. Complexity of characters is great - typical for Irving. And, of course the story line is unpredictable.
This was an interesting story, It kept my attention. There were turns in the story that were unexpected. It is a sad story of a man growing up and learning to deal with his childhood, for all the good and bad. The only thing about the book that I would put on the negative side is that there were many sub stories in the form of books and screenplays that I did not see as necessary, making the book very long. (I believe that the total of CD time is somewhere around 30 hours)
Well, I'm glad I stuck with all twenty-eight discs, but I certainly agree with one of the other reviewers. You have to be a John Irving fan to appreciate this....and the reader WAS supurb!!!!!
Hilarious, as usual, John Irving is a genious. Emma's character is infectious, can't get enough of her attitude.
Not my favorite but well-read and kept me interested.
Overall the book was okay and good to listen to. The reader was really excellent. As for the book itself, I liked it, because I have read all of John Irvings books and like his macabre dark (noir) story-telling. This book was more challenging. The first part was simply heart-breaking with the child molestation, abuse and neglect. It got better after that but never lost the sad and melancholic undertone. This book does not have the humor some other J. Irving books had, which make some of the terrible events more bearable. And typically, just when things finally turn out well and the main character finds (relative) happiness, the book abruptly ends. It would have been nice to find out more about the happy times in Jack Burns life, who fortunately despite a childhood which would have geared anyone else towards a career as a serial murderer, turned out to become a famous actor. Even though he has no common sense and goes through the story as a blundering idiot.
John Irving is the author of numerous novels for adults, including "A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany," and "The World According to Garp," He lives in Vermont and Toronto.