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Wonder Audiobook

Wonder

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Publisher's Summary

A special movie tie-in edition of R. J. Palacio's #1 New York Times bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs, and Mandy Patinkin.

Over six million people have fallen in love with Wonder and Auggie Pullman, the ordinary boy with the extraordinary face, who inspired a movement to Choose Kind.

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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    Kamryn Bossom 08-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I think everyone should have to read this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I loved listening to the different narrators! August's was my favorite!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very last scene, when they're doing the end-of-the-year awards for August's grade.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such an important book that I feel can resonate with people of any age. It teaches such important lessons while also just being a good book. Please read it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Ann Kurfis 08-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful, beautiful story"

    I can't begin to express just how much I enjoyed the beauty of this story. The characters are so well developed and I enjoyed the way different people took turns telling aspects of the story from their own perspectives. (I read that other reviewers were bothered by the narrator who spoke for Auggie, but it didn't bother me one bit.) The messages of this book are definitely needed in our day and age, when many feel so free to speak their thoughts freely (usually from behind the safety/anonymity of a screen) without regard to others feelings. "Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Finder San Antonio,TX 08-01-17
    Karen Finder San Antonio,TX 08-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Love that this book promotes kindness and accepting differences but torture to get through"

    I love the idea of this book and what it represents but as an adult who works in elementary education I found it painfully dreadful to listen to. The reader who plays Augie has a voice like fingernails on a chalkboard. Ive listened to many Audible books and this has been my toughest one to get through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 07-29-17
    07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book. a must read for tweens and young teen"

    listened to this book on a road trip with our nephew and we were engaged as well the entire time. a must for any parent of a tween or young teen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Babadook 07-22-17
    Babadook 07-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story, Standard Writing"

    This was my first audiobook, I travel a lot for work but saw this was being released as a movie later this year and wanted to read the book first, unfortunately I do not have enough free time to finish a book in a reasonable amount of time. When I first started it, I did not like it, being read to I mean. Also, Auggie's voice sounds like a grown woman trying to do a gravelly 10 year old boy. It was off-putting. However, after a couple days o tried listening again and I found myself too entangled in the story not to finish it. Personally, I love colorful and descriptive writing but this was kind of plain. It reminds me of a book I would have read in middle school, which is probably the intended audience anyway. The story was a good one. I really wanted it to go on further. very disappointed it's over!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 01-04-13
    Bonny 01-04-13
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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 28 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend 08-12-13
    Dog Friend 08-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing!"

    If a teen (or anyone) reads Thirteen Reasons Why and is feeling like suicide is an option for severe depression, that person needs to read Wonder. Auggie shows amazing bravery and strength all through this story. He has to deal with so much fear, anger, rejection, and ridicule all because of something completely outside of his control. He has friends and family who come alongside him and support him throughout his experiences. The ending was extremely positive for all of the involved characters!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tony E. 03-22-16
    Tony E. 03-22-16 Member Since 2017
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Lera Redwood City 10-26-14
    Nicholas Lera Redwood City 10-26-14
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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 5 people found this review helpful

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