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A Prayer for Owen Meany (Unabridged)

by John Irving

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Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of John Irvin's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

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Simon Birch

This was the book Simon Birch was based on..the movie is so good but the book is a little long winded and it doesn't touch you as muc has Simon Birch advice?.. go buy the movie and then read the'll see

A Prayer for Owen Meany

The film 'Simon Birch' was an desecration of the book; Irving disowned it. The text is luxurious and compelling, drawing one into the mental life of two boys as they grow into responsible human beings. Absolutely wonderful.


One of the most original books ever written. Classic Irving — it blends humor and sorrow in a way that makes them inseparable. Might be tricky to translate Owen's squeaky voice in audio. His voice is so important in the book that it is transcribed in all caps in the original edition. John Irving's best novel (which is saying quite a bit). I still talk about this book to friends a decade after I have read it. If you don't buy it here, find at the library. Well worth the investment.

John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany  (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Joe Barrett
  • Published: 2009
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Audible Studios
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