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Year of Wonders Audiobook

Year of Wonders

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jeff 10-14-15
    Jeff 10-14-15 Member Since 2013

    The weary knight. Read to escape reality. Husband, father, ER Doc.

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    "Detractors are too critical"

    First, I believe audiobooks are made or broken by the reader. Several people complained about the author being the reader of this book and what a bad job she did. I completely disagree. I actually enjoyed her reading and felt she complimented her writing.

    Second, this was very historical fiction. True it is based on jumping from bad event to bad event, But hat else would there be to talk about. Also, some people have complained about the intelligence and disposition of the main character. This is fiction. She was a vehicle to tell a story. I really liked her by the end. I highly recommend reading this book.

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    Erica Cole Cincinnati, OH United States 09-29-15
    Erica Cole Cincinnati, OH United States 09-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to a preview first!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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    loganlm1 08-03-15
    loganlm1 08-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonders"

    There is nothing to dislike in This novel. The author's descriptions, research of the times, and character development is beyond wonderful and well skilled

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys periodic fiction.

    I am moving on the recap Little Women, then to March.

    Enjoy.

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    Alexandra 06-21-15
    Alexandra 06-21-15
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    "A beautiful story"

    A beautiful story of heartbreaking loss and remarkable survival. Brooks reads nicely; her voice is quavering but fitting.

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    Mary Beth 05-06-15
    Mary Beth 05-06-15
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    "Great read ...until the end"

    i teally enjoyed the book except the last chapter. learning about the history of the plague was very interesting

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    sarah 04-04-15
    sarah 04-04-15
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    "Excellent story"

    This story was fantastic, and I enjoyed it immensely. The one drawback was the narration which was not my cup of tea.

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    Wendy 01-16-15
    Wendy 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book all the way around!"

    Heard the voice not great. Totally wrong there! It so fits the period of time. Will definitely check out more Books from Geraldine Brooks

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    Emmie New York, NY, United States 03-25-14
    Emmie New York, NY, United States 03-25-14
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    "Worst narrator EVER: ruined it for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you can get past the author's maddening monotone, the story has real potential. Historically intriguing, with an engaging heroine, I'd recommend just buying the book and reading it yourself. Geraldine Brooks should NOT have insisted on reading her own work, that's why there are actors and spoken word artists. Her voice is void of inflection and emotion, both necessary to telling a successful story. Reminded me of high school lit class, where we had to go around reading aloud from the classics...


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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    I read this years ago, when it first came out. I decided to revisit by audio, and it was even better through this format. Brooks is a master at taking a historical situation and getting you to understand that there are never any easy answers. I recently heard a lecture where she explained that this story is based on the actual historical village that did just what is depicted here. Can you even imagine?

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    Denis A. 11-12-13
    Denis A. 11-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Audio is much different than the text"
    What did you like best about Year of Wonders? What did you like least?

    It was kind of annoying how the audio version and the text did not match up. Even more odd is that the narrator is also the author, so I am puzzled why her audio version and text carry many discrepancies.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Year of Wonders?

    Anna Firth's sex scene


    Would you be willing to try another one of Geraldine Brooks’s performances?

    Absolutely


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I would go see the movie version to this.


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