The Wonder by Emma Donoghue audiobook

The Wonder

By Emma Donoghue
Read by Kate Lock

LB, Little, Brown & Company 9780316393874


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478911753

  • ISBN: 9781478915010

Runtime: 12.99 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016

An NPR Best Book of 2016

A BookPage Best Book of 2016

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer 

A 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards Finalist

*The latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room*

In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

ACCLAIM FOR THE WONDER: "Deliciously gothic.... Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep" (USA Today, 3/4 stars); "Heartbreaking and transcendent" (New York Times); "A fable as lean and discomfiting as Anna's dwindling body.... Donoghue keeps us riveted" (Chicago Tribune); "Donoghue poses powerful questions about faith and belief" (Newsday)

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kate Lock’s deliberately paced narration is fully voiced…Her performance suits this historical novel…[as a] portrait of rural Ireland in 1859.” AudioFile
“There is more to this mystery than superstitions and local dialect. Lib must…puzzle out the community itself and its contradictory beliefs in religion, science, and tradition…As Lib uncovers the truth about Anna, she gradually owns the truth about herself.” O, The Oprah Magazine
Lib is a heroine the modern woman can admire. Time Magazine
As in "Room," Ms. Donoghue proves a shrewd observer of the parental urge to distort reality to protect children-and themselves Wall Street Journal
A fine, fact-based historical novel, an old-school page turner...Donoghue has written, with crackling intensity, about [spirituality's] power to destroy. New York Times Book Review
Donoghue proves herself endlessly inventive.... This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night and make you smarter. Cosmopolitan
Fascinating.... Like The Turn of the Screw, the novel opens irresistibly, when a young woman with a troubled past gets an enigmatic posting in a remote place.... Heartbreaking and transcendent and almost religious in itself. New York Times
Donoghue's measured prose is at its best when depicting damaged and failing flesh with extraordinarily vivid economy Financial Times
A riveting allegory about the trickle-down effect of trauma. Vogue
Donoghue's superb thriller will keep readers hanging on to every word, pondering how far one will go to prove her faith. Real Simple
Readers of historical fiction will gravitate to this tale. Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times
A locked-room mystery, set in atmospheric 19th-century Ireland and as spare, in its own way, as Room.... A fable as lean and discomfiting as Anna's dwindling body.... Donoghue keeps us riveted to Lib's perspective throughout.... Thanks to the complexity of Donoghue's ideas, there's plenty on which to ruminate. Chicago Tribune
An excellent new novel that is as much a mystery as it is an analysis of the extent to which some people are governed by their faith. Houston Chronicle
Donoghue poses powerful questions about faith and belief all the while crafting a compelling story and an evocative portrait of 19th-century Irish provincial society. Newsday
Donoghue is known for her bestselling novel, Room.... [But] she is also well versed in historical fiction. THE WONDER brings together the best of all, combining a gracefully tense, young voice with a richly detailed historical setting. Millions
[Donoghue's] contemporary thriller Room made [her] an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Outstanding.... Exploring the nature of faith and trust with heartrending intensity, Donoghue's superb novel will leave few unaffected. Booklist (starred review)
Donoghue demonstrates her versatility by dabbling in a wide range of literary styles in this latest novel.... The closely imagined, intricately drawn story possesses many of the same alluring qualities as her bestseller, Room. .... Donoghue's engrossing novel is loaded with descriptions of period customs and 19th-century Catholic devotional objects and prayers...[and] asks daring questions about just how far some might go to prove their faith. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
What at first seems a simple matter becomes far more-stick with it, the payoff is there. Marie Claire
Has that vivid, ripped-from-the-headlines feel that comes from an author's utter fascination with a real-world subject.... THE WONDER is deliciously gothic.... Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep. Steph Cha, USA Today, 3/4 stars
Fodder for endless book club debates. Meghan O'Gieblyn, Los Angeles Review of Books
Donoghue, a writer of great vitality and generosity-one gets the sense that she would gladly have her characters over for dinner, as long as they'd agree to eat-has been drawn repeatedly to the genre of historical fiction not so much to inhabit or reinterpret the past as to try to fit together its overlooked, missing pieces.... Fiction is small solace for history's grief, but it's one way to set the record straight. Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker




Author Bio: Emma Donoghue

Author Bio: Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin, is a playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her works of contemporary and historical fiction include the New York Times bestsellers Room and Frog Music. Her books have also been finalists for the Man Booker, Commonwealth Prize, the Orange Prize, and the Women’s Prize for Ficton. She also writes story collections, literary history, and plays for stage and radio.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 12.99
Audience: Adult
Language: English