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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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    Bonny 01-04-13
    Bonny 01-04-13 Member Since 2017

    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.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Tony E. 03-22-16
    Tony E. 03-22-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books on my commute at 1.75 speed. I like umpiring books, corny sci-fi, religious, history, and whatever catches my eye.

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    "A poignant lesson for our world today"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great listen. 8 hours went by way too quickly, as I finished this in 24 hours.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    The last chapter is incredible. As a parent of a special needs child who has been in the situation of receiving recognition, I couldn't help but cry tears of joy.


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

    I laughed, I cried. I invested myself in the lives of the people who tell the story and wish I could continue living through their eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    "When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."

    I have always been a fan of the stories where it is told by multiple people to get different perspectives to get the whole story and R.J. Palacio does this extremely well. While the main character, Auggie, starts and ends the book with his narrative, in between are different characters who play major parts in furthering his story and showing the change that happens when kindness becomes a part of life.

    This story is about a child with severe facial deformity and his first year of school as a 5th grade middle schooler. I've always felt Middle School is the most cruel place on earth, something the book portrays well.

    This book fleshes out the characters to the point that I was able to see myself in the parts. My insecurities portrayed in Auggie, my meanness and judgement of those different than I am in Julian, my apathy in the lives of the kids who stood on the sidelines, and my compassion in Summer and Jack. I feel I would be a better person if I live more like Summer.

    This book is targeted to those who are going into middle school but adults will relive the past and take the points and see if they can improve their lives. I highly recommend this in an era of Facebook fights, comment section politics, and online bullying. Kindness can overcome the world.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Lera Redwood City 10-26-14
    Nicholas Lera Redwood City 10-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for 5th, 6th graders and beyond"
    If you could sum up Wonder in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, tender, uplifting


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great YA book. It is fabulous for reinforcing the attributes of kindness, courage, and friendship. All my 6th graders read it in 5th grade and they loved it.

    3 of 4 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Ballwin, MO, United States 07-23-12
    Kim Ballwin, MO, United States 07-23-12
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    "You won't even know you're learning a lesson"
    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought Wonder was really...wonderful. It was right up there with other well-done audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the way the story unraveled from different perspectives. Just when I was thinking, "now why did he react that way?" the narrator would shift and all would be revealed.


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

    I really enjoyed Augie. How could you not love him? What a great tool for teaching kids about empathy and looking beyond someone's appearance. I thought he was a very believable kid. Not melodramatic, not pitiable, not too triumphant. Just relatable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fifth grade is not for the faint of heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the narrators were stronger than others. I didn't like that some of them made Augie's voice sound like he was developmentally disabled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "A lot of Heart & Saccharin"

    This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.

    There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.

    I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "very frustrated"
    Would you try another book from R. J. Palacio and/or the narrators?

    I am frustrated that the book sections exclude the names of the chapters and/or page numbers. I use this to read with my students. And I am unable to have them turn to the specific page or chapter. Please fix this.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Soothing


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

    Still reading


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Jenkins St Louis, MO 05-15-17
    E. Jenkins St Louis, MO 05-15-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Great book. Thoroughly enjoyed. "

    Great book. Although it was a "light listen" it had a ton of substance that make me even as an adult reflect frequently on my own behavior and actions towards others. Highly recommend.

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    "Great story"

    Great story. Auggie's voice was grating but if you can get past that, you will love the book!

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    Heather Jacobs 05-10-17
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    "It is a good book"

    I really liked this audio book and I hope they will add more pictures and stuff like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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