Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God's instrument; he is. This is Irving's most comic novel, yet Owen, the inspiration for the movie "Simon Birch," is Irving's most-heartbreaking character.
This is the best audio book I have ever rented. The narrator portrayal of the two separate main characters is amazing. He truly gives a voice to Owen, making the character so alive and multi-faceted. I have not read the other Irving novels, so I am not qualified to make any comparisons. Although religion is the primary theme, this novel incorporates religion as the carrier of the story and the characters rather than as a sermon.
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.