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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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.
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- barjil

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!

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- Katie

Book Details

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