In One Person

  • by John Irving
  • Narrated by John Benjamin Hickey
  • 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love - tormented, funny, and affecting - and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of the novel, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a "sexual suspect," a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of "terminal cases", The World According to Garp.
His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers, a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile".

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Customer Reviews

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Irving at his best!

Any additional comments?

John Irving has returned to his earlier form with his favourite themes. Reminiscent of Garp and Hotel New Hampshire there are complex characters, wrestling, sexual ambiguity and wretched mothers. If you like Irving's earlier work and aren't concerned about profanity you'll love it.

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- Kathryn

John Irving - Tormentor

Would you consider the audio edition of In One Person to be better than the print version?

I have text recognition issues so yes, the audiobook is better for me.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Grandpa.


What about John Benjamin Hickey’s performance did you like?

He's a great reader and characterises really well. He's a great actor too.


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

Irving manages always to skirt sentimentality (for me, anyway) yet draws sentiment in the most matter-of-fact way when announcing the premature deaths. Without wishing to spoil this story for those who've not read it, (self) deceit and death feature and the reader not spared.


Any additional comments?

I started to listen to this book when I bought it over a year ago. I really didn't like it. Listened for about 20 minutes. When I started it again a few days ago, it consumed me. I hugely enjoy Irving as a writer and story teller. I rate this among his best.

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- Les

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2012
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks