The story of Wonder is really remarkable. I don't have an extensive facial deformity and I found myself identifying with some of the yucky stuff Augie's classmates said and did to him. I liked the way the story approached the friendships and hurtful behaviors (from the kids as well as the parents) and gave perspectives for each without giving a moment of clout to the negative behaviors.
Augie, of course. His perseverance despite his physical challenges is really inspiring. He could have easily stayed home to receive his education as he always had. He could have easily given up the moment the kids were mean to him, but he didn't. He could have done a lot of things that could have been easily understood by many, but he keep trying anyway.
I enjoyed very much the narrators for Mom, Dad, Via, Jack, and Summer. Jack's narrator had a really fun take on Jack and I felt he characterized him well.
Diana Steele, the narrator for Augie, was really difficult to listen to. I often stopped listening to the book due to the narration, but I listen to audiobooks during my commute, and Augie's perspective is the bulk of the book, so I could not avoid it.
The quality of Augie's narration was diminished significantly in that the intensity of Steele's voice changed Augie completely from how I read him when reading the print book. The audiobook narration made Augie sound desperate and as if there was constantly some frightening event coming around the bend. When I'd read the book, Augie's character might have had some insecurities, maybe felt uncertain or unsure, but never was he in a constant state of anxiety nor did he have a constant sense of imminent danger. The narration felt as though the Worst Thing In The WORLD! was going to happen, yet never did. It was just not a good fit for who Augie was.
I've read other reviews here that say that it was a good narration because Augie was not "normal" and that he had facial deformities that might have caused his voice to sound exactly like this narrator read him, but I can't disagree enough. The other narrators did an amazing job with their characters, and I regret that Augie didn't get to have a better vocal representative.
The story was great. The characters were great. The narrator were great. Auggies voice took a bit to get used to but I suppose that is the point. I absolutely loved the authors using a 1st person baton passing story telling device. It gave a very detail view of each character as a whole. Even though it is a kid's story I recommend everyone listens to this story. You will not be disappointed.
I liked all the different feelings that were shown in this book it was great that it showed other people's points of view I love wonder and I hope other people do to!
Well written, well performed and well directed. My 11 year old nephew urged me to get this audiobook and I can't thank him enough. This story was exhilarating--it made me laugh, cry, be anxious and question myself. Once again, well done!
A wonderfully written book. I couldn't put the book down. it made me laugh and cry.