Please DO NOT let authors read. I had to give up listening, as she has a terrible, boring voice.
Plodding, boring, no change of inflexion. A great writer, but keep her away from the mike....
The narrator is the most fully drawn of all the characters, and she is likable throughout. It is also heartwarming to see her grow into an ever more sensitive, dedicated
and passionate maturity.
I appreciated how she brought the narrator's quiet strength to life.
The growing friendship between the narrator, Anna, and her employer, the minister's wife, was most heartwarming, but the moment of her recognition of a baby's fate and her decision to take on her care was nothing short of inspiring.
Besides a powerful page turning story this book will give most readers a most helpful insight into life in 16th century plague torn England.
An interesting story and well-written documentary on life during the 1600's. The author reads without feeling--typical non-professional voice. It would be much better with a professional narrative.
boring, little inflection
Since it is historical, you know the outcome; but many of the small events are entirely predictable.
The author was monotone. I was so soothed by her voice I wanted to nap. Not what I needed when listening to a story.
I imagine the story was great but I had a hard time hearing it over the lulling reading.
Once again, an author truly ruins her own excellent book by insisting on reading it aloud. This author has an awful speech impediment; someone should have stopped her! Honestly!
This story filled my heart and will remain there forever. The narrator was wonderful. I loved her accent and tone. It was perfect for me to listen to twice, because it soothed my nerves and found it relaxing. The story is top-notch, with rich characterizations. The ending was quite surprising and unexpected. I highly recommend this book.
Listen - no - really didn't like the narrator's tone of voice.
The strength and fortitude of the main character Anna Frith.
Almost anyone; maybe Davina Porter?
Anna Frith, perhaps Eleanor as well. I'd love to hear more about Anna's experiences during the epilogue of the tale.
I enjoyed the book, and the adaptation of this 'true' story of a plague year in Darbyshire, England. My only complaint; the narrator had the most annoying nasal, downcast quality to her voice. While this was not a happy story for the most part - each time I started up the recording my own mood would deflate to match the tone of the story. Once the book got going I could kind of ignore the tone of the narrator's voice - but ugh - not my favorite narrator by any stretch.
It made the era come alive. Detailed descriptions of living conditions--homes, clothing, food, work, sanitation--one can easily imagine oneself back then.
Do you ever wonder what it would've been like to have lived centuries ago, coping with harsh conditions we have no experience of today--feudalism, plague, witch hunts, etc.?What was it like to be an ordinary person back then? Year of Wonders describes how bubonic plague affected one Derbyshire village during 1666, through the life of one woman.
Although events are harrowing, bringing out both the best and worst in villagers, there is a goodness and humanity that makes this book uplifting and hopeful.
Geraldine Brooks' voice and narration made me think she suffers from major depression. If the story hadn't been so engaging, I would not have been able to endure her narration. If there should be a choice among narrators in future recordings, I recommend anyone but Ms Brooks.
The author/narrator did a wonderful job of subtly and delicately telling her tale. No one knows her story better than an author, and Geraldine Brooks breathed life into her characters and scenes.
Such an intriguing story, with whispers of nuance liberally sprinkled throughout the story. The tale unfolds in the 17th century with a nicely-crafted set-up for the birth and spread of a deadly plague that brutally takes lives and shreds the fabric of a small, rural community. Even though a few lives in the community are spared, their souls are flayed by the experience and they lose their innocence along with the lives they have known since birth. Tragic death and social collapse reduce the living conditions of the survivors to primitive survival.
This fascinating story is about revival, redemption, and the innate resilience of humans. Our main character discovers her ability to adapt and find beauty and comfort in the essence of love, sacrifice, and benevolence.
The story is well-researched, and the small details of 17th-century life flesh out the fascinating story. That is, until the end of the tale. The cadence of the end of the tale is out of step with the rest of the story. The end doesn't do justice to the spare and well-told story of a remarkable woman who lives through hell on earth. Despite the improbable end, Years of Wonder is a compelling, enjoyable, and worthwhile read.
At first I thought I was not going to like this book, but, was pleasently surprised to find I was enjoying it and found it to be very informative. Great listen - I went through it all in two days.
Seemed personnable and the voice seemed to go well with the story.
Yes, but it took two days.