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.
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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.
Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
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)
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.
Nope! I will be now be purchasing the print version to see if I can finish it in that format.
Yes, it's an interesting account of the plague told through the eyes of a strong protagonist with a moving backstory.
The reader narrates everything in a board, emotionless monotone that makes it sound as if she's stoned or really uninterested in what she's reading. I fell asleep on two occasions and my mind would wander when I did manage to keep awake and try to listen.
I'm sure this is a good book and I'm sure I'll be able to get into it much more in print. Consider listening to a sample before purchasing the audiobook.
Every character sounds alike... Reader is not opening her mouth. So if you feel like listening to 10 hours of a mumbling, sleepy, teenage monotone you are in luck! The story could be fantastic but I just can't get past the reader...
It is a very, very, very rare case that an author is the best reader for a work. The only exceptions to that rule is David Spade.
Sweet baby Jesus, the author's reading of this book was painful. It's like Ben Stein's boring sister who reacts to joyful news the same as she reacts to death.
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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