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Wonder Audiobook

Wonder

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2013

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

©2012 R. J. Palacio (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Wonder is a book with such a big, wide heart - it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer!” (Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles, and the Tía Lola Stories)

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    Annie M. 11-18-12
    Annie M. 11-18-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A WONDER-ful read for kids and adults"
    What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

    I have to admit that when I first started listening, the narrator's interpretation of Augie's voice wa a little hard to get used to. But the narrator hit just the right note, because a kid with a severe facial deformity WOULD have trouble speaking. In retrospect, this was perfect because it gave me a hint of the feeling other characters have upon meeting Augie. His face makes people uncomfortable--to say the least.

    I found this masterful book after reading a NY Times rave review. I work in the YA market, so I need to stay current with the best books. Although this is supposed to be a middle grade novel, I'm giving it out to many of my adult friends for Christmas.

    The characters, each and every one, are so beautifully realized. You will root for Augie, this very funny, very cool, but very damaged kid. You will love the unlikely friends he makes and boo for his villainous enemies. You will love the way Augie wins people over.

    Parents might be interested to know that, unlike many of today's popular middle grade and YA fiction, the parents in this book are caring, dedicated parents. They aren't drunk, they aren't on drugs, they aren't brain-dead. I loved how they struggle to do their best for both their teenage daughter as well as for Augie, who naturally soaks up most of the attention.

    I have given this book to a fifth grader, who devoured it. I've given it to a junior in high school, who devoured it. I cannot wait until the next RJ Palacio book comes out.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Well, I have to admit, it's an easy one: you will fall in love with the main character, Augie, an extremely ugly duckling who will never turn into a swan. You love him for the strides he boldly takes in a world that idealizes beauty.

    Having said that, I also fell in love with Augie's sister, his wise principal, and all the friends who love him from the start--and those who learn the true meaning of beauty at the end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot in this book. Palacio "gets" fifth graders and teens. I never cried, but I do recall a few times when I had that smile on my face, the one that's just before you cry because you're happy.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book. Give it to your friends. Give it to your parents. Give it to your siblings. Give it to you mailman. This is a wonderful, wonderful book! It's about a fifth grader--but this is a book for every age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 08-13-12
    Ellen 08-13-12
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    "Great story"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks as one of the most listened to in our household, adults and children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augie, for sure. He's honest, resilient and funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name. Some scenes are painful but the characters and readers make the story very listenable. The hero of this story is just so darn human and like able.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Probably something from the great quotes they use to begin each section.


    Any additional comments?

    Have listened to this story multiple times and will many more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Ballwin, MO, United States 07-23-12
    Kim Ballwin, MO, United States 07-23-12
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    "You won't even know you're learning a lesson"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought Wonder was really...wonderful. It was right up there with other well-done audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the way the story unraveled from different perspectives. Just when I was thinking, "now why did he react that way?" the narrator would shift and all would be revealed.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Augie. How could you not love him? What a great tool for teaching kids about empathy and looking beyond someone's appearance. I thought he was a very believable kid. Not melodramatic, not pitiable, not too triumphant. Just relatable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fifth grade is not for the faint of heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the narrators were stronger than others. I didn't like that some of them made Augie's voice sound like he was developmentally disabled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GoFigure 07-02-12
    GoFigure 07-02-12
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    "WONDER is truly wondrous ..."
    Any additional comments?

    When a book is this original, this heartfelt, this inspiring, this real, I find myself babbling in clich??: Wonder is truly wondrous.

    Auggie Pullman is 10. He???s about to start fifth grade after being homeschooled, and he???s more than a little nervous: ???I know I???m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. ??? And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don???t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don???t get stared at wherever they go.??? Born with a genetic facial deformity, Auggie has survived 27 operations since he was born. ???I won???t describe what I look like. Whatever you???re thinking, it???s probably worse.???

    In a world where being even a little different can cause a lot of heartbreak, Auggie???s entry into a New York City private middle school is a shocker ??? for both him and everyone around him. Wonder follows Auggie through his public debut as he navigates beyond his comfort zone, finding new friends and allies, experiencing an independence he (nor his family) dreamed of, and learning who to trust and who to let go. [The NON-Wonder Award, by the way, unquestionably goes to a wealthy parent (who is vice president of the school board, no less) who Photoshops Auggie out of the class picture and even shares it with other parents!]

    R.J. Palacio enhances Auggie???s story with multiple points of view ??? his friends, his sister, his sister???s new boyfriend, his sister???s ex-best friend even! ??? to create a richly detailed, utterly believable record of one extraordinary boy???s one unforgettable year. Note to parents: don???t read (or listen, as I did ??? so convincingly narrated by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd) in crowded places, unless you???re okay with being an exhibitionist (pack Kleenex!).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alisha Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-07-12
    Alisha Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Pure perfection. Excellent narration."
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    The end during the principal's speech & the woods scene are two moments that I sat perfectly still for so I wouldn't miss a word.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The principal's speech.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I started listening with my children but couldnt wait for them. I listened without them and finished in 2 days. It's beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book for friends as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2016

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "A lot of Heart & Saccharin"

    This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.

    There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.

    I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Utah Granny 01-16-17
    Utah Granny 01-16-17 Member Since 2015

    I am 74 and, despite health problems, am an active participant in life. I play the flute, draw in pastels, crochet, and write.

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    "Refreshingly Honest"
    Would you listen to Wonder again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoyed every aspect of it and did listen to many parts over again


    What other book might you compare Wonder to and why?

    To Catch a Mockingbird. Because it is told by a child who sees life through unblemished eyes.


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

    I loved the inuendos of the voices. I especially liked Auggie's soft voice. It portrayed his sensitive soul.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a book I was reluctant to stop listening to


    Any additional comments?

    I applaud the author on his fine tuned understanding of people. He had a unique, straight forward way of presenting them. I loved the father who could always laugh with his son.

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    Jasmine 01-12-17
    Jasmine 01-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well Done!"

    This book was so heartfelt and amazing. I will definitely listen again. This book deserves a standing ovation :), I'm so excited for the movie!

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    Kindle Customer 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A good read for all!"

    Great book! Both young and old will enjoy this book! And an extra bonus because it has a great morale to the story as well!
    The only negative for me was the voice that the performer used. Although it was a good performance, Augie's voice was pretty annoying! I did get pretty used to it but the annoyance was still there biting throughout. My husband commented on it the couple of times he heard it in passing. I would LOVE for my entire family to listen to it too but I honestly don't think they would, just because of the "baby voice" of Auggie!

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    tiffany winston 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Best!!"

    My family LOVED Wonder! I hated for it to end. It's such a special story! We fell in love with Auggie and his family. This is a must have book in our family library! I would give it 100 stars if I could!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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