The Wonder

  • by Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by Kate Lock
  • 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Great Story, unfortunate narration

This is a powerful tale involving characters who strive to comply with the demands of the cultures they are embedded in. Whilst at the same time colliding with the differing beliefs of others. The result is ongoing collision involving issues of gender superiority, fervent religious beliefs vs science to name a few. This occurs at the expense of the vulnerable main character. Dark secrets emerge which deepen the complexity of this psychological thriller. Unfortunately the narrator brings a pantomime like emphasis to the characters which eclipses the strength of the narrative.
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- Michele L Rousseau

Moving story about love and life

Would you listen to The Wonder again? Why?

Probably, I have already read the book:)


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

Irish accent, Anna's intonation and voice


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lib talked about her daughter


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- Kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2016
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.