When I previously read about the books subject, and the fact that it was read by the author, I passed. Then a couple of friends mentioned the author and recommended her works. I think this is one of the best works I have heard from Audible! Since reading it I have gone through two other of hers and continue to be a dedicated fan. Read a bit about Brooks on Google, it sounds like she has done a lot in her few years on terafirma so far. Thank you Geraldine Brooks for introducing me to so many great characters. Chuck
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I only had one all time favorite book before I read this, now I have two. I will remember this book for years to come. There are so many great passages in this book. I won't spoil the wonder of them for you by quoting them here. There is much sadness and suffering in the book so be warned. The author did a wonderful job of putting you in the middle of the plague epidemic. You can get at true sense of what it must been like for so many during that time. The story focuses around a housemaid named Anna and what the plague does to her family as well as the her village and the inhabitants. It held my interest from the first page until the last. I truly did not want it to end.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although a sad story at times, I found it very interesting and entertaining. What a horrific event they had to live through. Jennifer
I've read print versions of other work by Ms. Brooks. Her writing is beautiful but the characters in this book were one dimensional and didn't develop enough to be interesting. Moreover, the narration would have been better served by a professional reader.
I too had issues with Brooks narration at first. But if you give her a chance, I PROMISE her performance enhances these characters and this tale.
Geraldine Brooks is an amazing author. This book is so well written and the ending of such irony, I believe the sober voice that tells this story is incredibly powerful.
Year of Wonders will be a classic one day. I can't praise it enough.
Give Geraldine Brooks' narration a chance. Soon the voice will become lovely and the story will not seem right without her.
Highly recommended. One of the best authors of our time and this book is her finest work!
(I'm listening to Caleb's Crossing right now. Excellent as well)
I loved the story but had a tough time with the reader.
I would never recommend not listening; the story is so worth it! I would hope that with enough bad reviews (and revenue) the publisher will re-publish the audio with a talented reader.
I would actually consider listening to the story read by an expert reader.
If you can get past the author's maddening monotone, the story has real potential. Historically intriguing, with an engaging heroine, I'd recommend just buying the book and reading it yourself. Geraldine Brooks should NOT have insisted on reading her own work, that's why there are actors and spoken word artists. Her voice is void of inflection and emotion, both necessary to telling a successful story. Reminded me of high school lit class, where we had to go around reading aloud from the classics...