• The Wonder

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Kate Lock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (17 ratings)

Regular price: $23.44

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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 01-06-18

Not Room

A bit slow, a bit redundant, but the story gets better if you can wait it out a bit

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pearl on 09-28-17

wonderful book

wonderful book. the telling was not so clear although. but still overall very arresting read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Isolde on 12-08-16

Offence of narration

This great book by an Irish author was once again destroyed by an ignorant English narrator putting on cartoon accents that made it all but unlistenable. Aside from having one Irish character sound like Bosco and another like Bob Geldof, her overall reading is melodramatic and careless, often getting the names of characters wrong. This recording should not have passed any quality control for a publisher

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10 of 13 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By O. McLean on 11-02-16

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.

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joana on 09-28-16

not a psychological thriller

This was marketed as a 'psychological thriller' but unfortunately it was not. I had enjoyed the author's previous book Room and was drawn in by the premise of this novel's story but while listening to it, was never excited at any point.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-11-17

A gradual captivating story

The more you read, the less you wish to put it down. The story is written and read quite well, however there were times when I wished it was read differently. The slow calculating voice that runs throughout works wonders in many sections, but loses reality in others. But it's the story itself that gets a five our a five.

Emma Donoghue understands perfectly well about the life of Irish folk in the 19th century. Not just from way of life, but even little details like burning cans and horse and cart riding. The main character, Elizabeth Wright, who is a well-trained nurse, is also a observant and stringent woman. Her personality is captured well.

I do wish, however, that the reader was a little more stringent in her performance.

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