When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."
Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.
©2010 Penguin Audiobooks (P)2010 Geraldine Brooks
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 LOVED this book. I love Geraldine Brooks in general but this was by far my favorite and a must listen. I was sursprised by the few negative comments on the narration, I found it outstanding and perfectly suited to the story. Very, very well done. I was never so disappointed to have an audiobook finish. The story is grim and gruesome, but the detail and perserverance are inspiring. Simply amazing, do not miss this one if you enjoy historical fiction, especially this time period even a little bit.
The book was an interesting tale of a horrific time in history. The characters were well developed and the story was fascinating, which is the only reason I stuck with it. The reader lacked any emotion and at times the words were slurred, making it hard to understand her. I wasn't sure which of us would fall asleep first - the reader or me!
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.
I loved the intimate look into the life of a woman from this time period. How her social order and religious restrictions, and the rapid collapse of both, did not make her the 2 dimension character we tend to suppose from history books. Anna is has good heart while still being capable of selfishness and crude impulses. Anna is wonderfully human.
Anna was by far my favorite character and the best drawn one as well. Michael and Elinor were more the personification of self-imposed misery hidden by a mask of perfection. Some of the minor characters brilliantly shine for a moment as their time of the stage passes. I would especially call out the Quaker child, Mary and the Pantry Boy, Brand.
Ms. Brook's tempo keep the story moving slower than I would have read and, like a metronome, convened to me a sense of Anna plodding through the year as she struggled to simply place one foot in front of the other. That perseverance and determination seems core to Anna character. To me, that was as important as the accent or the pronunciations.
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
This is my second GB book and I loved them both! Ill be purchasing my third today. I highly recommend this audio book.
Definitely should be reproduced with an actor narrating! The story if you can get past the lackluster performance, is worth listening to. I only persevered with the book as a friend had recommended it highly - book not audio!
I read the reviews of this novel but chose to purchase it anyway. The story could actually be interesting, but I was unable to finish it due to the unfortunate narrator. I understand that the author is the narrator and did try to give it a chance....but the droning monotone put me to sleep or made me cringe every time I kept trying to finish the book.
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