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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Irving Narrator: Arthur More Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County–to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them.

In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River—John Irving’s twelfth novel—depicts the recent half-century in the United States as “a living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course.” From the novel’s taut opening sentence—“The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long”—to its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional authority of The Cider House Rules and Prayer for Owen Meany. It is also as violent and disturbing a story as John Irving’s breakthrough bestseller, The World According to Garp.

What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author’s unmistakable voice—the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller. Near the end of this moving novel, John Irving writes: “We don’t always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly—as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth—the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absolutely unmissable…[A] big-hearted, brilliantly written, and superbly realized intergenerational tale of a father and son.”

    Financial Times

  • “Engrossing…Irving’s sentences and paragraphs are assembled with the skill and attention to detail of a master craftsman creating a dazzling piece of jewelry from hundreds of tiny, bright stones.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “There’s plenty of evidence in Irving’s agility as a writer in Last Night in Twisted River…Some of the comic moments are among the most memorable that Irving has written.”

    New York Times

  • “A rich and evocative story.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2009 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kristina | 2/17/2014

    " HATED IT...I read it halfway and had to stop because it was horrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mariana | 2/13/2014

    " Took a while to get into and I was fairly prepared to get irritated at the whole "writer writing about being a writer" thing which can get pretty self-indulgent at times. Then, however, I realised that I was really enjoying the story and the characters (esp Ketchum) so 5 stars from me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by salinthebay | 2/7/2014

    " Like many FB readers, I am a John Irving fan. Years ago I read Hotel New Hampshire and The World According to Garp. So after a long hiatus, I had to read his latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River. The problem for me was the repeated Yankee wierdo themes in his earlier books. Funny then, no so funny now!...and he has an annoying habit of ending paragraphs with long parenthesis. (make a footnote, already!). But, still entertaining in his old age! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nora Gould | 2/4/2014

    " This book would make a great movie! Wonderful characters! "

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