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Wonder Audiobook
Wonder
Written by: 
R. J. Palacio
Narrated by: 
Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
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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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    Christopher Barnes Fairfax, VA 07-08-12
    Christopher Barnes Fairfax, VA 07-08-12 Member Since 2016

    Elementary Teacher, Coffee Lover, Cross-Stitcher, Audiobook Addict

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    "Well-written YA Fiction hurt by flawed narration"
    What did you love best about Wonder?

    Wonder is a story that all middle school children should be reading. As an elementary teacher, I can tell you that it doesn't do justice to the occasional savagery of young adults, but it's still a close enough approximation to be a valuable tale.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The trouble with this recording is the narrator who performs the role of August. August is in many ways a naive and overprotected character, but the narrator's vocal presentation is not nuanced and represents him as more infantile than I understood him to be. Indeed, I'm not sure this male role should have been performed by a woman: I found her attempt at a prepubescent male child's voice to be grating and unpleasant to listen to. The narrator who performed Jack's character was much more believable as a city kid; indeed, all the other character performances (some of which may have been performed by the same narrator who performs as August, but using a different voice, thankfully) were excellent. If you can tolerate this troublesome character representation, then you'll enjoy this book. I gritted my teeth and plowed through the initial sections until the narrators switched, and I'm glad I did---the story's worth reading to its conclusion.


    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gregor Bailar 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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    Bonny 01-04-13
    Bonny 01-04-13 Member Since 2016

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "Overly simplistic approach to a complex subject"

    This is a tough book for me to review as it's written for middle grade readers, and I graduated from that group long, long ago. It was so highly reviewed that I decided to read it. I think the 4 and 5 star reviews may be from people that like happy endings and can better imagine how this book will be received by the intended audience than I was able to.

    Things I liked about Wonder:
    *August is an engaging, original protagonist.
    *Palacio's use of different points of view. August's sister, Via, had an amazing exploration of what it was like to be the non-sick, normal kid in the family. She hit on all the aspects, positive and negative, avoidable and unavoidable. I actually found Olivia to be the most interesting character.
    *Palacio's whole exploration of "beauty is only skin deep" and "it's what's on the inside that counts" from many angles. Even after reading Wonder, I'm still not sure what my reaction to a person like August would be, or what the best response might be.

    Things I didn't like about Wonder:
    *I wish there had been more detailed medical information. The lack of detail is most likely because it's not something the intended audience needs or wants, but I think more information would have added to a better understanding of exactly what August had gone through during his ten years. There is a mention of his 27 surgeries, and that he suffers from Treacher-Collins syndrome combined with some rare mystery syndrome, but a bit more background would have added to exactly what a wonder he was.
    *I wish there had been more development of Julian. He played a big part in the story, but was the least explored.
    *I wish the ending had not been so "happily ever after". There were pat resolutions on all fronts and this is not how things would have worked out.
    *I listened to this as an audiobook, and the voice of August was horrendous. I almost gave up in the first ten minutes because it was so bad. Another reviewer describes the voice as sounding like "a slightly retarded Marge Simpson" and I completely agree.
    *The cover! Is it meant to be slightly disturbing without too much attention to detail? It's certainly not a depiction of August with one eye and the presence of ears! It may seem like a silly detail, but covers are important to me, and I think think this book deserved a far better cover.

    Overall, 3 stars for a book that takes an overly simplistic approach (even for middle grade readers) to a very complex subject.

    11 of 17 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Albany, NY USA 07-27-16
    Amazon Customer Albany, NY USA 07-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "cute story"

    I wanted to give up listening early in because of the voice of the main character - think adult female imitating a deformed child with a cold. The other character voices were okay, so that helped. The story is really cute, though, so I'm glad I stuck it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    The read aloud I'm excited about this comin school year. It will make you cry.

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    Aimee Pierce 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book!"

    I listen to this on a road trip to Texas with my parents and my kids ages seven and 10 and we all absolutely loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 07-07-16
    Angela 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful, wonderful book."

    This is one of those books that I wish were required reading for all humans. It's a beautiful story that inspires kindness. An outstanding read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "astounding"

    excellent story, voices, and the written narratives take you to different points of view that really deepen the story. as a whole, this is a brilliant story, that everyone in our long road trip enjoyed, from 6 years old to adults. our 11 year old particularly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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