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The Wonder Audiobook

The Wonder

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Publisher's Summary

An 11-year-old girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse sent to investigate whether she is a fraud meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the 16th century and the 20th - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

©2016 Emma Donaghue (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Joana 28/09/2016
    Joana 28/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "not a psychological thriller"

    This was marketed as a 'psychological thriller' but unfortunately it was not. I had enjoyed the author's previous book Room and was drawn in by the premise of this novel's story but while listening to it, was never excited at any point.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BookwormDownUnder Queensland, Australia 12/11/2016
    BookwormDownUnder Queensland, Australia 12/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The Wonder"

    Not a bad book but a little boring in parts, too much going over and over the same description. Probably the last two chapters were the best. Didn't hate it but not very enthralled by it either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 09/11/2016
    Laura 09/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    I really enjoyed this book. read well, great characters different and interesting plot and great ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Not Half 04/11/2016
    Not Half 04/11/2016

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    "Enjoyable, but nothing like 'Room'"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I have enjoyed other audiobooks much more than this that I'd recommend first.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    In hindsight, I suppose it was predictable, but I didn't see it coming until late in the story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the interactions between Anna and Lib, where Lib would tell the girl riddles. The whole situation was a riddle and I think this is what Donoghue was trying to express.


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

    I wouldn't say 'moved', but when Anna was on the brink of death, it was sad.


    Any additional comments?

    A very slow paced story which made for a good bedtime listen, as it lulled me off to sleep very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Venables United States 24/10/2016
    Luke Venables United States 24/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "ok but not great"

    The story was just a little weak for me. I couldn't believe some key plot points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • barjil
    BEMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    20/10/16
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    "Disappointing"

    Excited to listen to this book after the brilliance of 'Room', but was disappointed. The 'Irish' accents were often inaudible or too thick to understand at all and often in places where it was important to the story line. But the basic premise was interesting so I plodded on to the too-tidy end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • laura
    26/12/16
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    "Sadly an irritating narrator"

    I couldn't get into the book because of the narrators voice. strange irish accent. Story is interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Livvy_Sheep
    14/11/16
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    "Enjoyable"

    Different. Entertaining. Easy to follow. Interesting ideas. Liked the setting. Liked the main characters. Worth listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JackieM
    Matlock, United Kingdom
    9/10/16
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    "Another superb narrative from Donoghue"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a very atmospheric book, which throws into light questions about religion, faith amongst so many other things. Delightful depiction of the girl.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lib - I really disliked her at the beginning, but she grew on me the more I listened. A very conflicted and complicated character.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Lock – was your favourite?

    Lib again, I think. The Irish accents seem quite false to begin with, but I got used to them and I found them quite charming in the end!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An young girl hasn't eaten for four months - can a Nightingale nurse discover the truth before it's too late?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant mystery that kept me guessing until the end - highly recommend it!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    11/10/16
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    "That is NOT and Irish Accent, Just Stop."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    On twitter I described this as the most painful audiobook I've ever listened too and really that isn't far from the truth. The tag line should be 'British women butchers Irish accents in a way that's frankly offensive'. The way should does the Irish characters accents makes them come off as the most ill educated, naive idiots the world ever laid eyes on. Not one Irish person's accent was accurate. Also in 1850s Ireland not all Irish people in Athlone would've spoken fluent English.

    The story seems fairly decent and I may stick the print copy on hold at the library but don't put yourself through this monstrosity its not worth it.

    Also audiobook producers there are 5 million Irish people out there, could you not have asked one of them to work in tandem with Kate Lock and do the Irish accents? Seriously, the Irish have had their culture erased for long enough!


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    18/12/16
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    "Anna's body had learned to make do with less."


    An exploration of belief and faith exposed to the abrasive demands of reality and methodical scrutiny, a study of how we arrange what we want to believe through the power of imagination and religious guilt and fear. A celebration of love and rational thought defeating dogma with intelligence and imagination.

    A beautifully written book that is intelligent and hopeful, while holding the reader in suspense till the very end. The characters are crisp and clearly drawn, the plot opens and develops with every turn of the page, making the drama of this people's lives real and concerning.

    A lovely find that surprised me as much as it pleased.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • O. McLean
    Ireland
    2/11/16
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    "Intriguing story"

    Story twists and turns drew me in. as an Irish listener, found Kate Lock's Irish accents occasionally a bit too heavy on the Leprechaun so became a bit of a distraction.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    14/10/16
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    "It brought out every emotion possible.Well written"
    Any additional comments?

    I continued to think that I had heard this story before but this must be because it is an event that keeps occurring throughout the world in many cultures/religions. I was in turn horrified, puzzled, but mostly furiously indignant. The narrator was wonderful with so many accents and she voiced the girl with such sympathy. What a wonderful writer. I expect, like myself many people tried this book after having loved Room. This is different but still a kidnapping in effect.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    30/01/17
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    "Didn't get very far"

    Couldn't get past chapter 3, seemed very dull, perhaps I should have stuck with it but I just couldn't bear it. Might just fast forward to the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isolde
    8/12/16
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    "Offence of narration"

    This great book by an Irish author was once again destroyed by an ignorant English narrator putting on cartoon accents that made it all but unlistenable. Aside from having one Irish character sound like Bosco and another like Bob Geldof, her overall reading is melodramatic and careless, often getting the names of characters wrong. This recording should not have passed any quality control for a publisher

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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