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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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    Amazon Customer 06-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    Listened to it with my 3 daughters on a road trip ages 8, 10 and 12. Everyone loved it!

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    dee 06-10-16
    dee 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story for all ages"

    Fantastic Book I listened with my 8yr old. It was her first audio book and she's eager to listen to another one. She loved it!

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    Nicole (twistedsense.com) 06-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "WONDERful story that I didn't enjoy listening to."
    What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

    The story of Wonder is really remarkable. I don't have an extensive facial deformity and I found myself identifying with some of the yucky stuff Augie's classmates said and did to him. I liked the way the story approached the friendships and hurtful behaviors (from the kids as well as the parents) and gave perspectives for each without giving a moment of clout to the negative behaviors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augie, of course. His perseverance despite his physical challenges is really inspiring. He could have easily stayed home to receive his education as he always had. He could have easily given up the moment the kids were mean to him, but he didn't. He could have done a lot of things that could have been easily understood by many, but he keep trying anyway.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I enjoyed very much the narrators for Mom, Dad, Via, Jack, and Summer. Jack's narrator had a really fun take on Jack and I felt he characterized him well.

    Diana Steele, the narrator for Augie, was really difficult to listen to. I often stopped listening to the book due to the narration, but I listen to audiobooks during my commute, and Augie's perspective is the bulk of the book, so I could not avoid it.

    The quality of Augie's narration was diminished significantly in that the intensity of Steele's voice changed Augie completely from how I read him when reading the print book. The audiobook narration made Augie sound desperate and as if there was constantly some frightening event coming around the bend. When I'd read the book, Augie's character might have had some insecurities, maybe felt uncertain or unsure, but never was he in a constant state of anxiety nor did he have a constant sense of imminent danger. The narration felt as though the Worst Thing In The WORLD! was going to happen, yet never did. It was just not a good fit for who Augie was.

    I've read other reviews here that say that it was a good narration because Augie was not "normal" and that he had facial deformities that might have caused his voice to sound exactly like this narrator read him, but I can't disagree enough. The other narrators did an amazing job with their characters, and I regret that Augie didn't get to have a better vocal representative.


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    Jill 05-31-16
    Jill 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring story"

    I loved this book. It has an inspiring story and is one of my favorite books.

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    Amazon Customer 05-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    The story was great. The characters were great. The narrator were great. Auggies voice took a bit to get used to but I suppose that is the point. I absolutely loved the authors using a 1st person baton passing story telling device. It gave a very detail view of each character as a whole. Even though it is a kid's story I recommend everyone listens to this story. You will not be disappointed.

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    Alison J. Sanger 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonder"

    I liked all the different feelings that were shown in this book it was great that it showed other people's points of view I love wonder and I hope other people do to!

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    Ianthe Michigan 05-02-16
    Ianthe Michigan 05-02-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Well Done"

    Well written, well performed and well directed. My 11 year old nephew urged me to get this audiobook and I can't thank him enough. This story was exhilarating--it made me laugh, cry, be anxious and question myself. Once again, well done!

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    D. Hillman West Creek, NJ 04-28-16
    D. Hillman West Creek, NJ 04-28-16 Member Since 2008

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    "A wonderful book that made me laugh and cry."

    A wonderfully written book. I couldn't put the book down. it made me laugh and cry.

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    Michael Gene Pritchard Toronto, Ontario Canada 04-26-16
    Michael Gene Pritchard Toronto, Ontario Canada 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good"

    Multiple narrators handle what is rare in kids books multiple viewpoints. Enjoyable overall and different.

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    Dena 04-21-16
    Dena 04-21-16
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    "My favorite book!"
    Would you listen to Wonder again? Why?

    Yes! I have read it multiple times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    The Halloween section of the book was very memorable.


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

    Auggie


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the book and the reading of the precepts.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book.

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