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The Wonder Audiobook

The Wonder

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Publisher's Summary

An 11-year-old girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse sent to investigate whether she is a fraud meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the 16th century and the 20th - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

©2016 Emma Donaghue (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    O. McLean Ireland 02/11/2016
    O. McLean Ireland 02/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing story"

    Story twists and turns drew me in. as an Irish listener, found Kate Lock's Irish accents occasionally a bit too heavy on the Leprechaun so became a bit of a distraction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cabaspre 14/10/2016
    Cabaspre 14/10/2016
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    "It brought out every emotion possible.Well written"
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    I continued to think that I had heard this story before but this must be because it is an event that keeps occurring throughout the world in many cultures/religions. I was in turn horrified, puzzled, but mostly furiously indignant. The narrator was wonderful with so many accents and she voiced the girl with such sympathy. What a wonderful writer. I expect, like myself many people tried this book after having loved Room. This is different but still a kidnapping in effect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JackieM Matlock, United Kingdom 09/10/2016
    JackieM Matlock, United Kingdom 09/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another superb narrative from Donoghue"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a very atmospheric book, which throws into light questions about religion, faith amongst so many other things. Delightful depiction of the girl.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lib - I really disliked her at the beginning, but she grew on me the more I listened. A very conflicted and complicated character.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Lock – was your favourite?

    Lib again, I think. The Irish accents seem quite false to begin with, but I got used to them and I found them quite charming in the end!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An young girl hasn't eaten for four months - can a Nightingale nurse discover the truth before it's too late?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant mystery that kept me guessing until the end - highly recommend it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 11/10/2016
    Katie 11/10/2016
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    "That is NOT and Irish Accent, Just Stop."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    On twitter I described this as the most painful audiobook I've ever listened too and really that isn't far from the truth. The tag line should be 'British women butchers Irish accents in a way that's frankly offensive'. The way should does the Irish characters accents makes them come off as the most ill educated, naive idiots the world ever laid eyes on. Not one Irish person's accent was accurate. Also in 1850s Ireland not all Irish people in Athlone would've spoken fluent English.

    The story seems fairly decent and I may stick the print copy on hold at the library but don't put yourself through this monstrosity its not worth it.

    Also audiobook producers there are 5 million Irish people out there, could you not have asked one of them to work in tandem with Kate Lock and do the Irish accents? Seriously, the Irish have had their culture erased for long enough!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    barjil BEMBRIDGE, United Kingdom 20/10/2016
    barjil BEMBRIDGE, United Kingdom 20/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    Excited to listen to this book after the brilliance of 'Room', but was disappointed. The 'Irish' accents were often inaudible or too thick to understand at all and often in places where it was important to the story line. But the basic premise was interesting so I plodded on to the too-tidy end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaffareadstoo 17/11/2016
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    "The author has performed a real wonder of her own"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend to a friend because the story is quite fascinating and very different and would appeal to my friends !


    What other book might you compare The Wonder to, and why?

    It's difficult to compare this with anything else I have read before.


    What does Kate Lock bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It’s a long story to listen to, coming in at over 12 hours, but the narrator does such an excellent portrayal of the characters that it becomes very enjoyable to listen to her quiet interpretation of this excellent story.


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

    I did connect emotionally with story. At first it made me angry and unsettled but by the end I felt quite tearful at the way Anna's story unfolded.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Livvy_Sheep 14/11/2016
    Livvy_Sheep 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable"

    Different. Entertaining. Easy to follow. Interesting ideas. Liked the setting. Liked the main characters. Worth listening.

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