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Year of Wonders Audiobook

Year of Wonders

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Publisher's Summary

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. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

©2010 Penguin Audiobooks (P)2010 Geraldine Brooks

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    Dale L 09-17-12
    Dale L 09-17-12
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    "What an awful reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have made this a 5-star experience, but having a different reader might have moved it up to 3 stars.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There really isn't a lot of historical accuracy or insight in this book. The reader just went by a historical marker for a city that isolated itself during the plague and decided to make up a story about it. It's not a bad story, but I wanted to come away with a real understanding of what it was like to live through the plague. I didn't.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I know that the reader (author) can't help that she has a monotone, somewhat whiney voice, but one wonders what editor could possible have allowed her to proceed with this endeavor. At times, she writes with considerable passion, but her reading never has even the slightest hint of passion. It is almost a parady of bad reading. There are absolutely no dynamics in her performance at all. Most computers speak with considerably more enthusiasm and emotion. It really wrecked what was only an OK book anyway.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you've never though about what it must have been like to have the people surrounding you dropping like flies from disease, this book might cause you to think about it. It won't give you much insight into what it was like, but it might raise the subject in your mind. Some of the relationships in the book are moderately interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    A not terribly interesting book on a really interesting topic.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 08-14-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2010

    audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.

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    "One of my very favorite books. To be a classic!"

    I too had issues with Brooks narration at first. But if you give her a chance, I PROMISE her performance enhances these characters and this tale.

    Geraldine Brooks is an amazing author. This book is so well written and the ending of such irony, I believe the sober voice that tells this story is incredibly powerful.

    Year of Wonders will be a classic one day. I can't praise it enough.
    Give Geraldine Brooks' narration a chance. Soon the voice will become lovely and the story will not seem right without her.

    Highly recommended. One of the best authors of our time and this book is her finest work!

    (I'm listening to Caleb's Crossing right now. Excellent as well)

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    monique 01-11-11
    monique 01-11-11
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    "mind-numbing narration"

    My comments are based first on the story itself, then on the narration. As a story, the topic and characters were interesting, and the writing discerning and moving. Unfortunately, the audiobook fails to do justice to the book, as the narration is incredibly monotone, droning on and occasionally failing to pause at the end of sentences. I could not bear to listen to more than 45 minutes and had to give up--a shame, as historical novels are my favorite genre and the writing was excellent. A real shame that the author chose to narrate her own book, she does not appear to be affected by the story, nor enjoying herself in the process, so that she is unable to carry the listener along. A great writer, an awful narrator.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley L Mc Govern 05-22-17 Member Since 2015

    Just a person in Orange, Ca.

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    "Odd."
    What disappointed you about Year of Wonders?

    That I'd even started it in the first place.


    Has Year of Wonders turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No more fiction for many years to come.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By speaking. Can't figure what that accent was supposed to be.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger. Seemed like the author just gave up and threw in any old thing towards the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 01-07-17
    Sara 01-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Monotonous, breathless reading difficult to understand"

    I liked the story overall and thought it was an interesting take on a time period that has not had much attention previously in modern literature, but the recording is the absolute worst I've heard from Audible! I could barely hear the ends of sentences as the author trailed off without emotion at the end of every phrase. Very dull reading for the most part except when voicing a few minor character parts. Too dull. Too quiet. Too lacking in emotion, which was just as frustrating as the difficulty in hearing the words in the first place. For listening, it's easier if the recording is done when the reader is speaking up clearly. It is hard to focus on the story with the distraction of a terrible reading. That being said, extremely interesting premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cory 01-06-17
    Cory 01-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story!"

    Loved the narration and the story was spell binding! I finished this in 2 days. would love to read more from her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John L Murphy Los Angeles 12-27-16
    John L Murphy Los Angeles 12-27-16 Member Since 2013

    Fionnchú

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    "Another Journal of the Plague Year"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The epilogue could have been expanded into a sequel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How a Derbyshire village (based on a real one) chose to quarantine itself in 1665-6. Certainly a fascinating idea, as Geraldine Brooks mentioned in her afterword. Full of dramatic potential. The herbal lore and midwifery showed her research come alive. But the plot failed too often to grip my attention. Characters did undergo change, but the daily elements were somehow less vivid despite the descriptions of the plague and the violence that ensued. It did not immerse me into the experiences as much as a better novelist could have achieved.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her soft voice for the protagonist was unable to convey in male characters the range of emotions and timbre necessary. While the tone grew on me for the main character, it could not capture the others in the village sufficiently, in a sing-song muted register throughout.


    Could you see Year of Wonders being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be a movie. Perhaps with Benedict Cumberbatch as the reverend, and Emma Stone as Anne Frith.


    Any additional comments?

    To her credit, Brooks summons the phrasing of mid-17c British diction well. The book does feel genuine in the rhetorical and tonal choices she makes. Maybe it'd work better on paper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GalGarrick Los Angeles, CA USA 12-01-16
    GalGarrick Los Angeles, CA USA 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exquisite writing -"

    This writer knows what the turn of a phrase means... her writing is exceptional, and her story telling poignant and beautiful. Very fascinating subject matter weaved into a heartbreaking narrative.

    I loved every moment of this book although, the last 20 pages took a strange pivot. Still, best thing I've read all year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise D. 09-17-16
    Denise D. 09-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brings you back in time"

    I loved every minute of this book. a sad but telling story of the bubonic plaque.

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    J. Palus 08-29-16
    J. Palus 08-29-16

    High Standards

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    "Hard to imagine the choice and sacrifice"

    Enjoyed the author's performance of this audiobook. She was not as talented a performer as some narrators, but her sensitive delivery was excellent.
    The story is a hard one - no spoiler, since you can learn this on the book jacket - it's plague time, dear reader. Immersive historical fiction that combines fact-based records and imagination. The main character will stay with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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