• Avenue of Mysteries

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Armando Duran
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-14-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes we live more vividly in the past than in the present.
As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but his dreams and memories will travel with him; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. 'An aura of fate had marked him,' John Irving writes. 'The chain of events, the links in our lives - what leads us where we're going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don't see coming, and what we do - all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.'
Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past - in Mexico - collides with his future.
©2015 John Irving (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By T on 10-03-16

A really good listen, but not Irving's best

John Irving has written some of the best American novels of the last few decades and this is a good one, but not up there with Hotel New Hampshire, Cider House Rules, Owen Meany or Garp, for my taste at least. Shame Audible hasn't rights to some of these, which have excellent audio versions out there.

As is typical of Irving, we explore episodes of the lives of the characters rather than follow the natural flow of time - this is so skilfully done that it does not confuse or distract - and we find that the past informs the present. Irving uses this to great comic effect, but also to add pathos. The present-day journey of the main character, famous author Juan Diego on a bizarre trip to the Philippines kept me entertained, but it was the stories from his early life in abject poverty in Mexico with his extraordinary disabled sister Lupe, that I loved the best. Armando Duran does a remarkable job of voicing this, especially the tortured voice of Lupe - he manages to bring to life both the compassion and grim humour of Irving's writing. Expect to laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Barry on 09-20-16

Avenue of Mysteries

Where does Avenue of Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This has to be John Irving's second best Novel, second to "A Prayer for Owen Meany"

What other book might you compare Avenue of Mysteries to, and why?

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Have you listened to any of Armando Duran’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first book I have listened to that was read by Armando Duran. I do like listening to Armando's voice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are sad parts to the story and surprises. The book is unputdownable

Any additional comments?

I have always liked John Irving's Novels. I tend to read his opening chapters several times. John Irving does not pad his stories. Every word has a place in the story

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2 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Brilliant on 08-13-17

I persisted but I couldn't finish this tome.

What would have made Avenue of Mysteries better?

It would have been better if it was along the lines of "A Prayer for Owen Meany" or " A Son of the Circus" To rambling & just a bit weird for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?


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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 03-03-17

Can't get enough of John Irving

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. John Irving always enages the reader/listener in such a way that when the book is over you almost grieve for it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lupe because she took no crap, and loved her brother enough to die for him

What about Armando Duran’s performance did you like?

He was able to change his voice only slightly and yet you could tell the characters apart, plus his Spanish accent was perfect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lupe died... It's making me cry now just thinking about it.

Any additional comments?

John Irving is an amazing author. Please make audio versions of more of his back catalogue. The World According to Garp, and The Hotel New Hampshire at least. They are classics.

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