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4.00000329462975 out of 54.00000329462975 out of 54.00000329462975 out of 54.00000329462975 out of 54.00000329462975 out of 5 4.00 (100,163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Irving Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780739320907
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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, restoringas its emblem the running 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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • The most powerful and profound novel about women written by a man in our generation . . . Like all extraordinary books, Garp defies synopsis. . . . A marvelous, important, permanent novel by a serious artist of remarkable powers. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it. . . . Irving’s blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous. . . . Brilliant, funny, and consistently wise; a work of vast talent. The New Republic
  • “A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and horrifying and heartbreaking. Washington Post
  • A 1979 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity | 2/18/2014

    " Just remembered I'd forgotten to add this. Definitely an awesome book. Not only "coming of age," but of a whole lifetime. Funny and daring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Skurzak | 2/15/2014

    " Read it in college and recently read it again. Still like it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ant | 2/3/2014

    " I started reading this after I'd read A Prayer for Owen Meany which I totally loved - but tbh I couldn't get into it at all, and didn't even finish it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbra-Lee Stephen Author | 2/3/2014

    " Nobody writes like Irving. You either love him or hate him. I love him. Barb "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/2/2014

    " Hard to define. Enjoyed it, but some things were just plain weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoë Bulboff | 1/29/2014

    " oh man I loved loved love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/4/2014

    " I really liked this one. I debated giving it 5 stars. Definitely one of my favorites on the year this year. And it even took me a bit to read, too. (Which for me is great, because I tend to read really fast and fly through books. Reading gets expensive...) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allie | 1/1/2014

    " The stories the writer wrote within the book were more interesting than the actual book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/26/2013

    " My first read of John Irving. I loved the book. The movie did not do it justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Banyay | 12/16/2013

    " Hilarious and smart. Seeing the movie before reading the book sort of ruined my imagination unfortunately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tezden | 12/16/2013

    " Simply an incredible tale. I think I read this in three days. Definitely heartbreaking at times, but just so good. Hard to describe. A great novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenny | 11/17/2013

    " Perhaps I should have read this twenty years ago when I was reading all the other Irving books. Tedious and a crushing disappointment. Laboured from the word go, none of the characters had any redeeming features. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/9/2013

    " I am wholly satisfied after finally reading this, but I was not prepared to be punched in the gut over and over. A brutal, beautiful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Rapp | 10/9/2013

    " Friends told me I had to read this book because it was "so funny." I found the book to be sad and disturbing. It was a quick read, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 8/5/2013

    " A wonderful read. I find myself telling excerpts from the shortstories in this book all the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fishboy57 | 7/27/2013

    " Very well written. A wonderful story, but the reason I gave it a 3/5 was because I was disappointed with last third of the book. I guess I felt let down by how it was wrapped up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helene | 2/10/2013

    " OK, a classic, a must read for everyone, though I would guess it's dated now. This one has the John Irving quirkiness that lots of us enjoy. A fun read but the movie version does an OK job too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilie | 2/7/2013

    " This book was so wonderfully written! Imaginative and humorous. My first read by John Irving, definitely not my last. LOVED. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/14/2012

    " Good stuff, though I felt like it lagged a little at points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adina Pitluck-Kushner | 8/8/2012

    " Good book, though really weird! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Manus | 6/8/2012

    " One of my favorite books of all times. This is the book that started my love affair with John Irving! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/5/2012

    " The only far-fetched part of The World According to Garp is that Garp's favorite author is Joseph Conrad. The rest, from Roberta Muldoon to the Ellen Jamesians to Garp's conception and the whole of his life, rings completely true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.Y. Rogers | 10/3/2011

    " I do not know about anyone else, but this book is in my top three, along with To Kill a Mockingbird and Les Mis. I resonated with Garp. Perhaps because of our mutual fears and experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 9/4/2011

    " One of the best books I ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Slater | 8/8/2011

    " I am an Irving fan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigid | 7/28/2011

    " I appreciate that this one was ahead of it's time in the mid 1970s, but it reads as a bit stale today. Though the novel provides almost cheerful evidence of its famous last line, "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 5/18/2011

    " I really like all of John Irving's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 5/17/2011

    " One of the best books I ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geraldine | 5/14/2011

    " it kept my attention the whole way through, but it was pretty wierd ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/14/2011

    " The only far-fetched part of The World According to Garp is that Garp's favorite author is Joseph Conrad. The rest, from Roberta Muldoon to the Ellen Jamesians to Garp's conception and the whole of his life, rings completely true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariellen | 5/9/2011

    " One of the favorite books of my youth. It was a revelation to read something so different from what I had read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darbi | 5/4/2011

    " Amazing!!! I'm an Irving fan now! Who knew you could have a great books about death, transsexuals, and wrestling?!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 5/4/2011

    " Lovelovelove all he has ever done. Funny, inspirering, out of this world, mindblowing, simple yet complicated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna0975 | 4/29/2011

    " One of the best books ever "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 4/22/2011

    " I love Cider House Rules so I thought I'd give this one a try. The story sucked me in and then I seemed to lose interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/20/2011

    " I listened to this one on CD (17 of them). With his weird and frequently tasteless humor, John Irving made me laugh at some point every day on my way to work. Garp is a book that would only be recommended to some... but highly recommended to those few. "

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About the Author
Author John Irving

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp, which became an international bestseller. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novels have been translated into thirty-five languages.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.