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  • Year of Wonders

  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration suicide!

  • By Kyle DaSilva on 06-26-15

Good Story, Poor Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Year of Wonders to be better than the print version?

Nope! I will be now be purchasing the print version to see if I can finish it in that format.

Would you recommend Year of Wonders to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, it's an interesting account of the plague told through the eyes of a strong protagonist with a moving backstory.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader narrates everything in a board, emotionless monotone that makes it sound as if she's stoned or really uninterested in what she's reading. I fell asleep on two occasions and my mind would wander when I did manage to keep awake and try to listen.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure this is a good book and I'm sure I'll be able to get into it much more in print. Consider listening to a sample before purchasing the audiobook.

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