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The Wonder

Written by: Emma Donoghue
Narrated by: Tara Egan-Langley
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Publisher's Summary

A major film from the makers of Normal People and Room, starring Florence Pugh and streaming on Netflix.

Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell 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 sixteenth century and the twentieth – is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes.

©2016 Emma Donoghue (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic Reviews

"An old-school page turner with crackling intensity." (Stephen King)

"Powerful, compulsively readable." (Irish Times)

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  • Antoinette
  • 27-01-23

Wonderful!

An intruiging and extremely well
performed book - I couldn’t stop listening! Best audiobook I’ve listened to so far!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-22

The Wonder - Tara Egan-Langley narratir

Having recently read the hardback of Emma Donoghue's The Wonder, given all the hype for the film, I was intrigued to experience the narration of same. I wasn't disappointed, Tara Egan-Langley as a narrator transported me to a a new level and gave such an insight to this story, totally captivating me. The audiobook is spellbinding from beginning to end, truly a must. I look forward to hearing more from this insightful narrator. Gemma

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  • Dr S Williams
  • 06-12-22

Fantastic

As good as the film of the book. I thought Both fantastic. Great story, beautifully read.

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  • Ally Bunbury
  • 05-12-22

Storytelling at its best

Though the story was bleak at times, the voice of Tara Egan Langley, soothing and commanding, allowed for safe listening as we were gently carried to a calm, satisfying completion. Tara’s voice range is quite incredible - from tiny Anna all the way to the ships Chaplin. Bravo Emma, Bravo Tara - the perfect team 💛

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  • Ronit Pressler
  • 01-12-22

Fantastic book.

Loved it. Beautifully read as well. One of the book you don’t want to end.

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  • Margot
  • 29-11-22

really enjoyed it

Bit slow to get going but an excellent story. Very good narration with gentle Irish accent.

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  • H Martin-Burns
  • 24-01-23

Difficult Subject

Not a happy read but an interesting look at religion at the heart of Ireland in the late 1800s. It is frightening to think that families may have endured trauma like this and covered up with a veil of piety.

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  • Sarah
  • 14-01-23

Stunning and the best narration I have ever heard

One of the best books I have heard in a long time. The story is gripping and engaging, the narration was simply outstanding, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was a full cast reading this in perfect accents for each character. Exceptional. Stunning. Hugely recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-23

Why won’t she eat, let me count the ways

I enjoyed Room, so was intrigued to read The Wonder. And while it finished well (thank god), the pay off for my patience barely made up for 6 hours of deliberation on why little Anna won’t eat (aka the old “slow build”). Problem is, this painstakingly slow build is not so much a build as an plateaued excuse to string along the reader to make what really is a very short story, into a novel length longer one. So I can only recommend it for those with the patience of a saint.