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  • The Cider House Rules

  • Written by: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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The Cider House Rules

Written by: John Irving
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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Publisher's Summary

From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.
©1985 John Irving (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the critics say

"Witty, tenderhearted, fervent, and scarifying." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Gardner understands and conveys the book's sly humor and comprehension of human foibles." ( Los Angeles Times)
"John Irving's best novel....He is among the very best storytellers." ( Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Excellent Narration

For me, a memorable audiobook has two components, a good story, and John Irving writes a pretty good missive here, and a good story teller, and Grover Gardner, as the narrator, is an excellent story teller.

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Timeless

Captivating story. Timeless. Draws you in to the characters and makes you feel like you are on the journey with them.

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Meh

I didn’t love this book. It was long and the story was dull. The narrator has a nice voice but there’s not a lot of difference between the characters.

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beautiful writing

Grover Gardner is an outstanding narrator. His nearly hypnotic rendering of this novel kept me going when I would have started skimming a print version. Irving's story, characters and prose are top notch but the repitition of phrases and arguments made the last half drag.
Thank you Mr. Gardner.

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