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The Last Chairlift

By: John Irving
Narrated by: Nancy Wu,Erin Ruth Walker,Travis Tonn,Natasha Soudek,Pete Simonelli,Aida Reluzco,Natalie Naudus,Chanté McCormick,Graham Halstead,Aden Hakimi,Em Grosland,Piper Goodeve,Chris Henry Coffey,Cassandra Campbell,full cast
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Summary

John Irving, one of the world’s greatest novelists, returns with his first novel in seven years—a ghost story, a love story and a lifetime of sexual politics.

In Aspen, Colorado, in 1941, Rachel Brewster is a slalom skier at the National Downhill and Slalom Championships. Little Ray, as she is called, finishes nowhere near the podium, but she manages to get pregnant. Back home, in New England, Little Ray becomes a ski instructor.

Her son, Adam, grows up in a family that defies conventions and evades questions concerning the eventful past. Years later, looking for answers, Adam will go to Aspen. In the Hotel Jerome, where he was conceived, Adam will meet some ghosts; in The Last Chairlift, they aren’t the first or the last ghosts he sees.

John Irving has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time—among them, The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules. A visionary voice on the subject of sexual tolerance, Irving is a bard of alternative families. In The Last Chairlift, listeners will once more be in his thrall.

Full Cast: Nancy Wu, Erin Ruth Walker, Travis Tonn, Natasha Soudek, Pete Simonelli, Aida Reluzco, Natalie Naudus, Chanté McCormick, Graham Halstead, Aden Hakimi, Em Grosland, Piper Goodeve, Chris Henry Coffey, Cassandra Campbell, Raquel Beattie, Jacques Roy.

©2022 John Irving (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

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Tedious from the very start.

I started listening to this after reading the hype on Amazon. It was tedious from the very start. I don’t know if I liked the writing or the narration less. Even though I was working away from home and staying in a hotel and desperate for something to listen to I gave in quickly and listened to an old book I’d heard before. The blurb isn’t remotely reflective of the style of the book.

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  • 12-01-23

I could have used for 33 hours it took to read this book in a much better way and had some satisfaction at the end!

I have been a John Irving fan since the World According to Garp was published and have read all of his books! I found this was an excruciating read. Lots of the old regular topics are covered and plenty of new ones but in such a boringly monotonous way. I feel I have to say it will be the last John Irving book I pick up or waste money on! I’m very disappointed.

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What a run!

Beautiful, heartbreaking, witty and twisted. Everything and more that I’ve come to expect from Irving. Love love loved it!

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I so wanted to love this

I’m a big fan of John Irving and enjoy so much of his work. This though was a book I just couldn’t get that much from. It seemed a bit indulgent and rambling. Super long too.

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Brilliant in many respects but more of the same?

I knit and this is like a big, intricate, beautifully done piece of colour-work. Impressive at first but maybe not as clever or interesting as it looks at first sight. Very worthy and wise and in the way American novelists can be. Why bother? That’s harsh but I think it’s not unfair. I’d recommend an extended period of silence. Here, the maxim stick to your knitting doesn’t apply. Better give it a rest and do something different; learn to dance, work in a store, retrain as a priest …. anything but more of the same. I think if you don’t know Irving, but like worthy/wise American parables, you’ll like this. If you know him and like this well….

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A must for any John Irving fan!

Larger than life characters and wonderful narration. John Irving's words are entertaining and soothing.