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I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks in the past few years, and this is the only one I've felt compelled to write a review on. I disagree with many of the other reviews for Henry House. I felt very sympathetic towards Henry, and his apparent inability to attach himself to others based upon his upbringing. The book did have bits and pieces that were reminiscent of Forrest Gump, however, it is a much different story. I don't want to give away the details of this remarkable book. All I'd like to suggest, is that if you are even slightly interested in reading this book, take the time to read other reviews. I went to another site and found glowing reviews for Henry House. I thought this was an excellent book.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Hey, if anything, this is pure guy lit. Guys can see their complex relationships with the opposite sex in this fantastically novel novel.
Story? First rate. I will admit to losing the line a few times but that wasn't important. I wanted to dislike Henry but couldn't. The author does a brilliant job of infecting the reader with his "charm".
And what a statement on men, women, relationships, childhood! Author Grunwald hits so many notes perfectly right down to descriptions of events that anyone who lived through any part of this period will be able to see, smell, taste---you'll just know it's right.
Nothing is contrived. That is brilliant writing. Read it for that alone and you'll be enriched.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This only got a two star rating in a previous review, don't let that dissuade you.
A university does a home economics course where part of the curriculum is raising a child. Each year the orphanage delivers a new baby and the year Henry arrives, the professor takes him on permanently as her son.
We grow up with Henry and feel his angst at being an emotional crutch for his mother, then his pain at trying to find his biological mother. There are parts where you don't find him "irresistible" as in the title as he is a bit of a slapper when it coms to women; but overall it's a good listen.
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