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Year of Wonders Audiobook

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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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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    Denis A. 11-12-13
    Denis A. 11-12-13 Listener Since 2007
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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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    Jennifer United States 11-12-13
    Jennifer United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story. Awful performance."
    What did you like best about Year of Wonders? What did you like least?

    Excellent historical fiction. Based on the true story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice droned on and on and on and on. She sounds as though she may break into tears at any time. Although the story tells of a village almost wiped out by the plague, it is largely one of strength and courage, the narrator/author sounded feeble and hopeless. I had to abandon listening and return to the written work.


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    Joan D. Wray OR 09-16-13
    Joan D. Wray OR 09-16-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This was a selection of our book club and so far, four of the ten who have read/are reading it gave overwhelmingly positive feedback.


    What does Geraldine Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her soft voice with the British accent is spellbinding.


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    Kyle Los Alamos, NM, United States 04-30-13
    Kyle Los Alamos, NM, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very sad but very good historical fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Year of Wonders the most enjoyable?

    I loved the writing style, the dialog, and the way the lead character spoke and thought. It was interesting to follow the relationship between Anna and Elinor over the course of one year to see how it changed and a deep friendship developed. How do people behave in the face of such loss? This book explored different reactions from Anna's father and stepmother, to Mr. Mompellion, the spiritual leader of the small town. Some of the children are far better behaved than the adults. It takes a little while to adjust to the reader's voice, but she is excellent in her delivery of the lines.


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    Lawrence 03-31-13
    Lawrence 03-31-13
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    "Author should not read her own books."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is an interesting story. Why would Geraldine read it though? Her accent is Australian and it is about England during the plague. Her voice is also too low and without inflection.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are vivid.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Geraldine Brooks?

    Any of the English actresses would have done it beautifully.


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

    It would be grim but riveting


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    Cyndi Richmond, TX, United States 03-25-13
    Cyndi Richmond, TX, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator better than expected"

    Many reviews focus on the terrible narration done by Geraldine Brooks. I won't lie to you -- she isn't the greatest narrator. However, she is also not the worst I have ever heard. The sample given by Audible gave me a good idea of what I was in for, and I opted to buy the book even with the multiple bad reviews. Yes, Brooks reads very slowly. Yes, her voice can get on your nerves, at least for the first few chapters. But at some point, her voice begins to work, and I forgot that she wasn't the main character, Anna. The book is sad (how could a book about the Plague not be sad?) and yet still manages to end with a slightly happy and plausible ending. However, the characters are what make this book so wonderful. If you like other Brooks' novels, then I don't think this one will disappoint you. She is an excellent writer, and this book just adds to her achievements.

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    Hayley 03-24-13
    Hayley 03-24-13
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    "Better Read Than Said"
    What did you like best about Year of Wonders? What did you like least?

    Good story. I loved the history


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story was engaging, I found myself almost unable to finish. The narration was horrible at best. If the synopsis interests you, I strongly recommend you buy the book instead

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    PATRICIA CHICO, CA, United States 03-23-13
    PATRICIA CHICO, CA, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Difficult subject affected my opinion"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I learned about the history of plague, but it was such a difficult subject that I didn't really enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Geraldine Brooks is a wonderful writer so I always enjoy her language. I also liked the ending, once the time of the plague was over. Her stories are always so well crafted that I was really disappointed that I didn't love this one like I have her other books.


    What aspect of Geraldine Brooks’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't care for the sound of her voice so there is nothing she could have done to improve the reading. I think it was probably an appropriate voice for the character, but I just don't enjoy listening to it.


    Did Year of Wonders inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Liza Tapia Vaughan Monterey, CA United States 02-19-13
    Liza Tapia Vaughan Monterey, CA United States 02-19-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great historical fiction....but depressing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Year of Wonders to be better than the print version?

    I started reading the novel and switched to the audio version. I definitely enjoyed the audio version more though the author's voice, who was the reader, will not please all. It is thin and reedy which took some getting use to.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the end of the story inconsistent with the overall plot. It seemed that the final chapter was from an entirely different book.

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    Lasca 02-11-13
    Lasca 02-11-13
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    "Engaging. I can't wait until I can listen again."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Year of Wonders to be better than the print version?

    NA


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna


    What does Geraldine Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gives the characters a great, passionate voice.


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

    Anna


    Any additional comments?

    I read Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book - a wonderful book - after listening to her I may have to try it on audible. She is an outstanding writer and reader.

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