Extended Audio Sample

Download The Cider House Rules: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Cider House Rules: A Novel, by John Irving Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (69,073 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Irving Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $46.99 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $28.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

This classic novel from one of America’s most beloved and respected writers is set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. It tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. As the story unfolds, Wells and Dr. Larch—a doctor without children of his own, having turned his back on sex and love as a young man—develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Witty, tenderhearted, fervent, and scarifying.”

    New York Times

  • “Gardner understands and conveys the book’s sly humor and comprehension of human foibles.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Entertaining and affecting…A truly astounding amount of artistry and ingenuity.”

    San Diego Union

  • “John Irving’s best novel…He is among the very best storytellers.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “John Irving is the American Dickens. Rich in characterization, epic in scope, The Cider House Rules is the heart-wrenching story of orphan Homer Wells and his guardian, Dr. Wilbur Larch. With nods of affection to both David Copperfield and Jane Eyre, Irving’s novel follows Homer on his journey from innocence to experience, brilliantly depicting the boy’s struggle to find his place in the world. Irving also wrote an Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1999 film adaptation of the novel that starred Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire, and Charlize Theron.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “In this funny, sad, touching bestseller…Grover Gardner serves up the beautiful prose and fascinating characters with considerable aplomb. Without actually adopting a full-fledged accent, he manages to give us the feel of New England vocal cadences in the narrative. Picture yourself sitting on a front porch on a lazy autumn evening with a longtime area resident as he leisurely spins some fascinating local history. That’s the effect Gardner produces. Actually, he only seems unhurried, for he keeps the action moving with sensitivity to its rhythms and trajectories. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandi | 2/18/2014

    " beautifully written. Not a book you can read in a day as it spans a long timeframe & encompasses many characters lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by T.H. Waters | 2/13/2014

    " John Irving is clearly a gifted writer, but I preferred Owen Meany to Cider House Rules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen | 1/16/2014

    " I give this book six stars. A true masterpiece! I'm only sorry that it had to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Glennon | 1/8/2014

    " Just loved it. John Irving makes every character relevent to the story. Good Night you Princes of Maine, You Kings of New England! "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations