The World According to Garp

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Irving
Narrator: Michael Prichard
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Classics
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 20 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

The World According to Garp is a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller
since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, novelist and bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her time. Beyond that, The World According to Garp virtually defies
synopsis.
----"Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it," said critic Terrence Des Pres. "Irving's blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous. . . . Friendship, marriage and family are his primary themes, but at that blundering level of life where mishap and folly--something close to joyful malice--perpetually intrude and disrupt, often fatally. Life, in Irving's fiction, is always under siege." Time magazine commented: "Irving's popularity is not hard to understand. His world is really the world according to nearly everyone."
----This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by the author.
The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editons of impor-tant works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House
redesigned the series, restoring
as its emblem therunning torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (13)

ehhh

Written by Anonymous on April 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Go get this book from the library. It is wry, ironic, witty and moving. However, unless you can bear hours of having your ears assaulted by an inflectionless voice similar to a newsreel narrator's, skip renting this novel.

I returned it early

Written by Anonymous on May 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I tried to listen to the whole thing, got through most of his childhood. But his adult life devolved into so much social deviance that I had to stop.

Terrible sound quality

Written by Anonymous on September 1st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is such a great book that I hate to give it a poor rating. But both the narration and the sound quality were awful. If it had't been such a compelling story, I would have stopped after the first chapter.

Great, long listen

Written by Marnie on August 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It's a fun tale that ties itself together like a bow. I read John Irving in High School and it really stuck with me almost 20 years later. It's long but keeps you listening and guessing.

hilarious

Written by pareader on April 22nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Consistently, hysterically funny. I listened to this book in my car and I think other drivers must have thought I was overcome with some sort of seizure at times, so hard did I laugh.

Amazing!

Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on November 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is odd and remarkable! This was my first John Irving book and I am now seeking out everything else he has written. The story is gripping, uncomfortably real, and just wonderful. It's one that will stay with you for a very long time. I was absolutely captured by it and highly recommend it!

long, but worth it

Written by Sarah S. on August 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really like John Irving's writing style, so I'll admit to being bias, but I loved this reading. Very detailed, and very accurate to real life. You know the characters as though they are your friends and you go through life with Garp, not just observing it. Irving knows that to understand someone you must obsorb their whole experience, you can't know them without knowing all they have gone through. It always helps when the narrator does a nice job too...

Excellent novel: funny, sad, gruesome, and wise

Written by glaspell on February 27th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

John Irving's novel, _The World According to Garp_, is an excellent book that is masterfully read by Michael Pritchard. The two main personalities in the book, Jenny Fields and the title character, are both incredibly well-developed, eccentric, flawed, and lovable. They may lack a typical sense of humor, but they certainly appeal to one in the hands of Irving. They are supported by a colorful cast, including fiction-within-fiction, and together they will keep you listening long after you planned to. Irving deals with subject matter that is dark and personal and he does so with incredible aptitude and humor. Read this book, read it in its entirety, and you will not be disappointed. (Although you may cry, scream, laugh till you cry, experience surprise, etc, you will not likely feel disappointed with the fiction itself.)

I recommend it

Written by Nathan on September 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is one of the strangest damn books I've ever read/heard. It kept me listening and was very enjoyable.

I recommend it

Written by Nathan on September 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is one of the strangest damn books I've ever read/heard. It kept me listening and was very enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Irving, John

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.