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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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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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Very good.

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

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stunning

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

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Wonderful (sorry, I had to).

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

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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.

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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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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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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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This is a great book. I really liked it. :)

This book was great. I really liked it and enjoyed it. I really recomend it. :)

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Heart warming

This is a heart warming book even if just a little predictable. The writer evokes emotions with great sensitivity and the performances are convincing. August’s voice takes a little getting used to but soon evokes the character. Everyone should read a book like this at least once in their life (my precept - get the book to get the reference) 5 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-17

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😄

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  • 22-01-13

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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  • Karyn
  • 30-01-14

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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  • Rav
  • 05-05-18

Happy endings

an amazing children's book I would definitely recommend it to you if you enjoy happy endings

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  • Lynn Ambrose
  • 02-03-18

Absolutely loved this heart-warming story!

Lynn - absolutely loved this heart-warming story! Would be great for a family to listen to on a long trip.

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  • Narelle
  • 19-02-18

Great read

Read this in 2 days. How refreshing to read a book that keeps you engrossed and has such a beautiful storyline. Definitely not the sort of book I normally read but loved every moment of it and fell in love with Augy !

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  • Lynette
  • 05-12-17

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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  • jarumas taengprakob
  • 22-01-15

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.