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Year of Wonders | [Geraldine Brooks]

Year of Wonders

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.
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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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    Jean M. Humphrey Columbia, SC United States 07-29-12
    Jean M. Humphrey Columbia, SC United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Hire a professional"

    This is an excellent book but I wish it had been narrated by someone who could do it justice. The author is, without a doubt, a very talented writer but her narration has a dull, tired and almost sing-song quality to it. It reminded me to listen! before I make a selection.

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    karol United States 07-28-12
    karol United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "HATED THE ENDING!"
    Any additional comments?

    Despite the fact that the narrator was annoyingly unskilled and monotonous, I enjoyed the story very much. That is I enjoyed it until the last chapter. I would have given the story a five star, but because of the ending - I feel I am being very generous with four stars. In the end though the overall rating was a three star because of the narration. I did get use to the narration by the end of the book and she does have a pleasant accent; however, I kept wishing I could tell the characters apart most of the time. I would recommend it though because the first part of the book is so well written and deftly drew me into Anna's world, her sorrows, triumphs, tragedy, loves, fears etc. I liked Anna Frith, as well as Michael and Elinor Mompellion very much and found it hard to put the book down at times. I guess the problem is that I was so invested in the characters that I found the ending completely unbelievable and ridiculous.

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    Pat United States 07-27-12
    Pat United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good authors do not necessarily make good readers."
    What did you like best about Year of Wonders? What did you like least?

    I liked the unexpected twists and turns of the story, it was not predictable. Anna seemed to be a little too lucky.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was excellent, unexpected with a few interesting twists.I


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have a different reader, Ms. Brooks was awful!!! Perhaps Beverly Dunn would have been good, or just about anyone with some expression in their voice.


    Do you think Year of Wonders needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I do not think the Year of Wonders needs a follow-up book because it ended so wonderfully.


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    April BILLINGS, MONTANA, United States 07-24-12
    April BILLINGS, MONTANA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2010

    When ever I can't read a book I love to listen to one. I am addicted.

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    "Difficult but worth it."
    What did you like best about Year of Wonders? What did you like least?

    In the end it made me feel humble about life and reminded me that some people have had a much harder life then I have. But it was hard to really get drawn in at first, but it was worth it to keep listening.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was surprised that the beginning of the book is a chapter that is chronologically almost at the end of the book. It made me interested just to see how that point had came about.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have listen to easier voices, so are just pleasant on the ears. But the words felt true to the story.


    Was Year of Wonders worth the listening time?

    Yes. Not an all time favorite but worth listening to. I do not regret it.


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    Susan FELLSMERE, FL, United States 06-04-12
    Susan FELLSMERE, FL, United States 06-04-12
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    "Definitly Worth the Listen"
    Where does Year of Wonders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story line based on true events


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sometimes Geraldine's voice can be a bit insipid but might be the character she was trying to protray as well. It was my first Geraldine Brooks listen. She surely writes a great story though.


    If you could take any character from Year of Wonders out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Her Muslim husband for his insight and widom.


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    Jennifer Calabasas, CA, United States 03-14-12
    Jennifer Calabasas, CA, United States 03-14-12
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    "Enthralling!"
    What does Geraldine Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the writer did a great job reading this book. He voice really captured the tone of the book well. Very compelling story.


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    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 01-22-12
    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 01-22-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Story/Bad Narration"

    The story was very good and engaging; unfortunately, the book was read by the author. This would have been a much better production had a professional done the narration.

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    Liz TARZANA, CA, United States 09-24-11
    Liz TARZANA, CA, United States 09-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    A beautiful story that evokes a time of deprivation and fear through the eyes of courage.

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    monique Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-11-11
    monique Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "mind-numbing narration"

    My comments are based first on the story itself, then on the narration. As a story, the topic and characters were interesting, and the writing discerning and moving. Unfortunately, the audiobook fails to do justice to the book, as the narration is incredibly monotone, droning on and occasionally failing to pause at the end of sentences. I could not bear to listen to more than 45 minutes and had to give up--a shame, as historical novels are my favorite genre and the writing was excellent. A real shame that the author chose to narrate her own book, she does not appear to be affected by the story, nor enjoying herself in the process, so that she is unable to carry the listener along. A great writer, an awful narrator.

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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 04-01-13
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Low-key little gem"

    While I wouldn't run out and tell everyone to read this book, I found it to be a simple look at a time and the people amidst that time. The reader was great and just endeared me to the young woman who was the main character--and who told the story of a year in her life. I do highly recommend.

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