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Avenue of Mysteries

Lu par : Armando Duran
Durée : 20 h et 50 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Description

John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.

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 what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. "An aura of fate had marked him," John Irving writes of Juan Diego. "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 Garp Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Classic Irving

Like Irving? you'll love this. A good rambling tale, easy to listen to. I loved it.

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  • Peter
  • 21/11/2015

Irving Out of the Park!

If you could sum up Avenue of Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

Surreal Mind Painting

What did you like best about this story?

Juan Diego, a 50 year old novelist travels to the Philippines to keep a promise he made forty years ago to a dying hippie as a 14 year old boy living in a garbage dump in Mexico with his younger sister/savant Lupe, who reads peoples minds (though only Juan can understand her.) It is a touching tale about a brilliant but reclusive dreamer who has lost everyone he ever loved as the years have gone by. He is a dreamer, because about half the book is narrated in a dream state. And believe me, like a narcoleptic, this guy can fall asleep on a dime,and always gets a bucks worth of dream meat every time he nods off. There are some very funny dialogues between Don Juan and Lupe during these dream/ flashbacks (between the now and the then). And if that's not confusing enough, when Juan arrives in the Philippines he is immediately adopted by a gorgeous mother and daughter team, who are certainly not what they appear to be (even after the book they remain so). The only way I can describe the story is that it melts together nicely like a surreal hot caramel sauce ladled over a real world frozen custard, both rich,and wonderful. To date, this is my favorite Irving book.

Which character – as performed by Armando Duran – was your favorite?

Lupe, was a hoot, particularly because of the great voice the narrator gave her. You could not help but to laugh

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. It was a big read, but it still went too fast.

Any additional comments?

My favorite book of the year!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • ML in MN
  • 29/12/2015

Not his best work, but...

even a sub-par John Irving novel is better than what most other novelists produce. So giving a star rating is tough for me; I guess four stars is about right. His usual techniques shine through the strange story leaving his fingerprints all over the novel. He is brilliant at constantly moving his readers through time yet never losing them. True to form his protagonist is the most mundane of the characters, allowing all the other quirky, bizarre, or at least interesting characters in the story to come into clear view. Again, he is a master of such elements. For variety's sake, the words "New Hampshire" don't even appear anywhere in the book. He brings us into colorful and vibrant Mexico and the Philippines, a nice change. Irving's wry and not subtle frequent mentions of just how autobiographical a novelist's works are were spot on funny and maintain the air of mystery (although I'm willing to bet he himself is on beta- blockers and Viagra, because he talks about them incessantly.) He has fun with his "fictional or real life?" politics, too. Of course there's weird unsettling sex in this one like most of his other books. The narrator was great, although both the voice and the character of Lupe became grating. Dorothy and Miriam also got on my nerves fast. I would have liked more explanation by the end but I was still satisfied. I would recommend "In One Person" or "Twisted River" before this one, but Irving fans will still find lots of enjoyment here.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • themouse
  • 17/12/2015

Exactly What I Needed From John Irving...

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

Avenue of Mysteries was a strange and wonderful journey. It had the mysticism of Prayer for Owen Meany and the imagination of Son of a Circus. It reminded me of early John Iriving books as I never knew what the next chapter was going to bring. Lupe was, by far, my favorite John Irving character to date. If you are not an avid follower of John Irving's work, this one might leave you confused and from some other reviews I read, possibly offended. If you are a follower, you know that the confusion is part of the journey and what others deem offensive is just his blunt and honest way to describing things as they are. For Irving fans, Avenue of Mysteries is a must -- for those new to Irving, bring an open mind and rest assured that it will all come together in the end. I can't wait to listen again!

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • kathie mccarthy
  • 30/11/2015

John Irving Avenue of Mysteries

While I have enjoyed some of his books, I thought this one was tedious beyond belief. The story was okay, but it was like picking eggshells out of egg white-just as you grasped it, it slipped away and you were in goo againwould have. If I heard, "his former teachers ,his former student, or the Iowan" one more time I would go nuts! All the preoccupation with penises was wearing , too. The book could have been about 6 hours shorter, and it would have passable. As it was, it was tedious and boring.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Aana Gamble
  • 27/01/2016

Shudder

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

John Irving must like his own writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?

No

What does Armando Duran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Armando Duran has a wonderful voice. This book was really well-read, but very poorly written.

What character would you cut from Avenue of Mysteries?

All of them. I'd cut all of them and start over.

Any additional comments?

I did not enjoy this book at all. The main character is what I think Irving must think of himself - an aging author who gets lots of play from young women and takes Viagra while reminiscing about his youth and how extraordinary he is. Reading this book is like getting stuck talking to your spouse's sleazy older male boss at a holiday party after he's had a few. Pompous, chauvinistic, and creepy. Not recommended.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Florian Weller
  • 21/06/2017

An unconvincing Irving with a recycled feel

I've enjoyed many hours with the recordings of "A Widow for One Year", "A Son of the Circus", "Last Night at Twisted River", and several others; but with this book, I stopped listening after two hours.

My greatest turn-off was the vast amount of trope recycling on display. The over-zealous Jesuit missionary with the scourge in his luggage; the protagonist with the crippled foot, owing to a bizarre childhood accident... did he forget those were well and truly put through their paces in "A Son of the Circus", or did he expect his readers have forgotten? Plenty of other instances stood out during the first two hours already. - Stylistically, there wasn't much to enjoy either. All the less appealing techniques of later Irving are in full swing, most annoyingly the somewhat mechanical looping of synonyms to identify speakers (instead of a subtle "he/she said"). When the most frequent of these is the laboured moniker "the dump reader", this quickly becomes grating.

Lastly, while the narrator does a good job, he has made the unfortunate choice to voice the main protagonist's sister (who speaks in a mysterious made-up language only he can understand) as if she was constantly chewing on a hot potato, which is simply aggravating.

I think shall go back for a re-listen of the sublime "A Prayer for Owen Meany", and give this one a miss.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • 3xcharm
  • 04/09/2016

20 hours of my life that I will never get back!

I'm a John Irving fan, but nothing could prepare me for this wandering, disturbingly pornographic, sinkhole of a book. Don't do it...step away from this book! Listen to A Prayer for Owen Meany or Cider House Rules instead.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Barbara Wolstenholme
  • 12/11/2015

Wow. Just . . . Wow.

A whole new direction. A "first" novel, from a master. I have to re-think the whole body of Irving's work, in light of these ways of thinking. The most seductive invitation of my intelligent life . . .

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  • Kathy
  • 20/02/2016

Loved it !

A magical story full of engaging characters, sprinkled with a bit of history and social commentary. What John Irving does so well!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe
  • 02/01/2016

Rambling but entertaining

As with most of Mr Irving's recent novels this one rambles on a bit and leaves a few too many unanswered questions for my taste but I am a big fan of his and found it entertaining enough to keep listening. The narrator is superb.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • USa
  • 20/04/2016

J. Irving is Great, but

I usually love reading John Irving, but Avenue of Mysreries is so boring and digusting that i stopped reading (hearing) in the middle.
All is about penis, viagra, betablocker, ... Unbearable.
Waiting for John's next, hopefully again brilliant book.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/10/2018

Poor audio editing after the end

After the end of the audio book, it would need at least 5 minutes of silence, but definitely not blunt advertising.


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  • Krümel
  • 03/09/2016

Unerträglich

Ich vergaß, dass das Buch bereits auf meinem Kindle war und ich auch beim selber lesen große Schwierigkeiten hatte, in die Geschichte zu kommen.. und sie dann vergessen ;). Ob es an mir liegt oder der Meister seinen 'touch' verloren hat - ich weiß es nicht. Schade, aber alles Gute geht mal vorbei. So schwelge ich in Erinnerungen an Bücher, die ich nicht aus der Hand legen konnte..

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Markus
  • 08/08/2016

as usual

the usual Irving themes, displayed in his usual manner. Which is a lot better than most other books. But not better as most of his other books. a little bit disappointing.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Georg-Marcus
  • 05/04/2016

kind of wierd and boring

it's all about dogs, slums, wierd story, penis, sex, church, chaotic, but sometimes J.Irving overdraws, a bit too much for my taste......I think, I'll have a J.Irving break now....

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