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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

©2012 R J Palacio (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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Good book

The sisters voice isn't very nice but the other 2 are ,overall great story
Would buy wonder 2 if there is one😄

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-22-13

Amazing

A book that is guaranteed to take your child on an amazing journey - engrossing, entertaining, enlightening - there aren't enough superlatives you can apply to this book to do it justice.

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Wonderful

This is a beautiful story for the whole family, filled with touching feel good moments and heart breaking tears. Highly recommended!

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Touching story

It was kind of boring at first but started to get interesting as the characters grow up. I love Jack's part the most as I can relate to him. And it gets me reary with daisy death. Well done for a children book.

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  • Karyn
  • New Zealand
  • 01-30-14

Great Story - didn't love the narrator

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No question, this is a good novel. I question though the choice of narrator. The narrator is a woman, the main charcter is a 10 year old boy. The narrator puts on a voice, to try and sound like a 10 year old boy. In my opinion, she sounds, at times, like those chain smoking aunts from The Simpsons. The narrator definitely affected my enjoyment of the audiobook. I preferred reading the novel.

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  • Anna
  • 11-03-17

poignant tale of looking beyond the visual.

this was a heart warming tale of overcoming barriers without everyone gushingly becoming the best of friends.

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  • Miss G L Salmon
  • 10-24-17

Feel good

Heartwarming story about how tough life can be if you're not considered 'normal'. This is the story of August, who has a facial disfigurement, and how he survives his first year at school. The story is told from his point of view, along with the point of view of the peers around him. It's easy to grow to love Augie and by the end of the book the world feels right again!

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  • Stephen
  • 09-18-17

stunning

loved it from start to finish, everyone needs this book in their lives. absolutely beautiful

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  • Chris Gerrard
  • 09-11-17

Wonderful (sorry, I had to).

Fantastic book. Amazing voice acting. Incredibly uplifting story, and great characters.
Would definitely recommend this.

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  • Mrs A
  • 08-11-13

Good story- shame about the narrator!

What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

I loved the fact that it was told by the point of view of different characters. Very interesting

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No way! The main character August's narrator had such an annoying voice!! I suggest you listen to the preview first!

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

No emotional attachment, but it was good. I wouldnt bother to read it again.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book, just bad readers! The main characters narrator was just terrible - be warned! If you can see past that then give it a go. It has sad moments, happy moments and the story isnt complicated. It just plods along at a good pace.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • amesjust2003
  • 09-18-17

Very good.

I liked it but there is a sad bit in the story.
Elsie, aged 7.

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  • Susan M.
  • 10-30-16

So far from wonderful

What did you like best about Wonder? What did you like least?

After all the amazing reviews, I was looking forward to this, but it left me cold.

Would you recommend Wonder to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The main character was annoying self-centred and whiny.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Possibly.

Was Wonder worth the listening time?

No. I actually tried to listen to this several times, and I finally got about two thirds of the way through before I gave up with a sigh of relief.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I understand that Auggie's two syndromes make his life unbelievably hard, but he's such a whiner that I wanted to throttle him. He doesn't like it if people look at him. Or if they don't look at him. He claims to want to be treated normally, but then blames everyone around him for not treating him with kid gloves. He blames everyone else for everything. Thoroughly unpleasant and I have no idea how this got so many good reviews.

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  • Ania Ringwelski
  • 01-17-18

cant get past the voice of the reader

personal thing but having listened to hundreds of audible, this is the only one that really bothers me, my husband and my whole family enough that we cant get past a few chapters of what sounds like a nice story. the narrator does a cutsey baby voice that really is unnecessary.

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  • Sunshine
  • 01-09-18

Wonderful wonders

Act kinder than necessary!
A story of courage, friendship and love.
An eye-opening and eye-watering listening experience.

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  • Crissy
  • 01-04-18

it makes you think and appreciate life.

It's for kids (10+) and adults. it should be a must in every school. it would make kids appreciate what their words or actions impact have on other kids

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-17

Wonder-ful read

Absolutely loved it. Beautifully written and wonderful characters. Totally recommended for readers of any age.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • olimpia
  • 11-18-16

Great story an annoying narrator

The book has a great story. I felt the voice for August was extremely annoying and detracted from the story. I would have stopped listening if I didn't need to hear it.

The speech about kindness is a stand out element of the book.

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  • Jennifer NEIL
  • 03-03-16

Wonder is a great book, for young & old.

Would you listen to Wonder again? Why?

Yes, I would listen in a family group situation because of benefit of sharing with siblings in a similar situation to Olivia (via)

What did you like best about this story?

The different voices, and writing style

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes, 2
Both when Augie's father told him why he confiscated his astronaut mask, and when the character who gave him the mask, Miranda,met him in the crowd at his sister's performance

Any additional comments?

Will listen to the next in series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-18

A must read for families

A great story with wonderful morals to be learnt. This book shares perspectives that are important for anyone to learn but would be especially special to be read together parent and child/children.

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  • Chris
  • 01-12-18

Great story for younger and older listeners

Highly recommend this book to all listeners but especially anyone with children or a young listeners. A story the promotes resilience and kindness.
Performance is excellent and the story caught me off guard at how emotional it was (I am not one to get emotional reading or listening to stories).
Give it a go you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

A beautiful story

Loved this book. I love that it’s told via different character perspectives. I did find Augies voice annoying and couldn’t get used to it but really enjoyed all the other character voices.

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  • sally
  • 01-09-18

Gorgeous story

An absolutely beautiful story for all ages.
Very thought provoking and heartwarming.
Must read for anyone.

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  • Emma Fitzsimmons
  • 01-06-18

Wonderful

Loved it! Couldn't stop listening. loved the voiced and the story had some really nice life lessons in it.

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  • Dan
  • 01-04-18

Beautiful story for the whole family!

Listened to the audio book with the kids (ages 10 and 7). We all loved it! Narrators were all excellent - very believable. Well written and compelling story.

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  • carol
  • 12-26-17

Brilliant!

A masterpiece.
An unusual eel through unusual eyes. Just rating it. Made me more determined to be kinder whenever I can.Thankyou!