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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
Nothing could have made this a 5-star experience, but having a different reader might have moved it up to 3 stars.
There really isn't a lot of historical accuracy or insight in this book. The reader just went by a historical marker for a city that isolated itself during the plague and decided to make up a story about it. It's not a bad story, but I wanted to come away with a real understanding of what it was like to live through the plague. I didn't.
I know that the reader (author) can't help that she has a monotone, somewhat whiney voice, but one wonders what editor could possible have allowed her to proceed with this endeavor. At times, she writes with considerable passion, but her reading never has even the slightest hint of passion. It is almost a parady of bad reading. There are absolutely no dynamics in her performance at all. Most computers speak with considerably more enthusiasm and emotion. It really wrecked what was only an OK book anyway.
If you've never though about what it must have been like to have the people surrounding you dropping like flies from disease, this book might cause you to think about it. It won't give you much insight into what it was like, but it might raise the subject in your mind. Some of the relationships in the book are moderately interesting.
A not terribly interesting book on a really interesting topic.
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'm sorry but the narrator sucks, she talks so slow and acts like being slow and soporific Sounds appealing. Do not buy the audiobook unless you want to put a baby to sleep.
SUCKS AUTHOR GO TO HELL
Year of Wonders is a gripping tale & was well written. But,....and this is a BIG but, as many have stated previously, a writer should never read their own work. Well, OK, if Will Patton ever decides to write a book, please, let him read it too. But in this case, with all due respect to Miss Brooks, someone else should have narrated this important, powerful story. Her voice is thin & watery for starters. She has no ability to change her voice to even hint that another was speaking. At times she sounded like a bored school kid doing an oral report, sometimes trailing off at the end of sentences. There were moments when I felt she might just as well have said 'Yada, yada, yada' or 'blah. blah, blah' for all the enthusiasm she showed. Truly, it was the worst narration I've chosen to sit through. If the story hadn't been as good I'd have given up an hour in. I thought about giving up many times. The fact that I didn't testifies to the strength of the book itself. I know not everyone can read like Davina Porter of 'Outlander' fame, but come on! This was weak & uninspired despite a story that should have fanned at least a little heat. I wish I could say more about what I liked about the story itself, but the reading of it totally overshadowed everything else for me.