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Wonder

Written by: R J Palacio
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

©2012 R J Palacio (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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a beautiful story touched my heart cried 💔

a beautiful story really loved it and made me cry after years a must read for all fiction lovers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-17

Good book

The sisters voice isn't very nice but the other 2 are ,overall great story
Would buy wonder 2 if there is one😄

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  • A
  • 22-01-13

Amazing

A book that is guaranteed to take your child on an amazing journey - engrossing, entertaining, enlightening - there aren't enough superlatives you can apply to this book to do it justice.

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  • Karyn
  • 30-01-14

Great Story - didn't love the narrator

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No question, this is a good novel. I question though the choice of narrator. The narrator is a woman, the main charcter is a 10 year old boy. The narrator puts on a voice, to try and sound like a 10 year old boy. In my opinion, she sounds, at times, like those chain smoking aunts from The Simpsons. The narrator definitely affected my enjoyment of the audiobook. I preferred reading the novel.

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  • Rav
  • 05-05-18

Happy endings

an amazing children's book I would definitely recommend it to you if you enjoy happy endings

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  • Lynn Ambrose
  • 02-03-18

Absolutely loved this heart-warming story!

Lynn - absolutely loved this heart-warming story! Would be great for a family to listen to on a long trip.

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  • Narelle
  • 19-02-18

Great read

Read this in 2 days. How refreshing to read a book that keeps you engrossed and has such a beautiful storyline. Definitely not the sort of book I normally read but loved every moment of it and fell in love with Augy !

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  • Lynette
  • 05-12-17

Wonderful

This is a beautiful story for the whole family, filled with touching feel good moments and heart breaking tears. Highly recommended!

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  • jarumas taengprakob
  • 22-01-15

Touching story

It was kind of boring at first but started to get interesting as the characters grow up. I love Jack's part the most as I can relate to him. And it gets me reary with daisy death. Well done for a children book.

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  • Miss G L Salmon
  • 24-10-17

Feel good

Heartwarming story about how tough life can be if you're not considered 'normal'. This is the story of August, who has a facial disfigurement, and how he survives his first year at school. The story is told from his point of view, along with the point of view of the peers around him. It's easy to grow to love Augie and by the end of the book the world feels right again!

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  • amesjust2003
  • 18-09-17

Very good.

I liked it but there is a sad bit in the story.
Elsie, aged 7.

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  • Stephen
  • 18-09-17

stunning

loved it from start to finish, everyone needs this book in their lives. absolutely beautiful

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  • Chris Gerrard
  • Liverpool, UK
  • 11-09-17

Wonderful (sorry, I had to).

Fantastic book. Amazing voice acting. Incredibly uplifting story, and great characters.
Would definitely recommend this.

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  • Mrs A
  • 11-08-13

Good story- shame about the narrator!

What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

I loved the fact that it was told by the point of view of different characters. Very interesting

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No way! The main character August's narrator had such an annoying voice!! I suggest you listen to the preview first!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No emotional attachment, but it was good. I wouldnt bother to read it again.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book, just bad readers! The main characters narrator was just terrible - be warned! If you can see past that then give it a go. It has sad moments, happy moments and the story isnt complicated. It just plods along at a good pace.

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  • Ania Ringwelski
  • Mountain Lakes, NJ, United States
  • 17-01-18

cant get past the voice of the reader

personal thing but having listened to hundreds of audible, this is the only one that really bothers me, my husband and my whole family enough that we cant get past a few chapters of what sounds like a nice story. the narrator does a cutsey baby voice that really is unnecessary.

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  • Anna
  • 03-11-17

poignant tale of looking beyond the visual.

this was a heart warming tale of overcoming barriers without everyone gushingly becoming the best of friends.

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  • Sam Burrough
  • 14-05-19

It's a great book and I love it so so so so much

It's a great book and I love it so much I read and listened to it over ten times and it never got old I would definitely recommend to everyone of all ages

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  • Susu Bird
  • 11-05-19

Replacing one form of ‘othering’ for another

I loved so much about this book but in order to make Augy fully accepted and respected in the story, the author makes the tragic mistake of asserting that he doesn’t have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and in so doing portrays SEN as less than human or lacking in some way (othering).

Special Educational Needs are portrayed very negatively in order to make physical features and differences acceptable. This is such a shame because the messages of overcoming adversity, moral values and internal qualities would be wonderful for all children to access but children with Special Educational Needs may feel hurt and misunderstood by their misrepresentation in this book and perhaps worse, it reinforces negative assumptions about Special Educational Needs for all children reading this text.

What a pity, a book that I could have used in my clinical practice as a psychotherapist to support so many children with their various struggles undoes all the good that it weaves in that one area of utter ignorance.

It aggravates me that the author wasn’t aware that the text could have appealed to and resonated with all children suffering from being seen and treated as different. Instead, with its negative and very ignorant separation between physical difference and SEN, it reinforces negative stereotypes and could further the feelings of difference and inadequacy from which some children already suffer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-19

Fantastic

Fantastically written. Laughter and tears - this is a wonderfully heartwarming read and a must for both adults and children. I want to be friends with Auggie!

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  • olimpia
  • 18-11-16

Great story an annoying narrator

The book has a great story. I felt the voice for August was extremely annoying and detracted from the story. I would have stopped listening if I didn't need to hear it.

The speech about kindness is a stand out element of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-17

Wonder-ful read

Absolutely loved it. Beautifully written and wonderful characters. Totally recommended for readers of any age.

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  • Jennifer NEIL
  • 03-03-16

Wonder is a great book, for young & old.

Would you listen to Wonder again? Why?

Yes, I would listen in a family group situation because of benefit of sharing with siblings in a similar situation to Olivia (via)

What did you like best about this story?

The different voices, and writing style

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes, 2
Both when Augie's father told him why he confiscated his astronaut mask, and when the character who gave him the mask, Miranda,met him in the crowd at his sister's performance

Any additional comments?

Will listen to the next in series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-18

wonder really is wonderful!

wonderful messages and such a story that everyone can relate to.
it was so wonderful!!!!

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  • Jo-lene Crank
  • 15-12-18

recommended

A great book for kids and adults. teaches about kindness and compassion. get the tissues

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-18

Awesome messages.

such a great message and really loved the precepts idea. really great book. Loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-18

This is the best book ever!

Yay I loved it so so nice hope there's another book!!! Love love loved it! <3

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  • Ms Tracey C Hemley
  • 24-06-18

Amazing story

Many schools are now reading this amazing story in schools. A story that needs to be told, of being different and how that affects your whole world. It displays compassion, remorse, forgiveness.

Yes you do get used to Auggies voice!!! Non of my kids complained. Even my 4yo enjoyed this story on a long trip

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  • Timothy
  • 22-04-18

Amazing story

This was truly a beautiful book! Loved it! I highly recommend! I liked the different perspectives of the different characters. I like how deep down this is book of inner beauty!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-18

Wonder ful

This is just wonderful.
I love this book so much.
Best book for all ages. Good book for understanding bullying and other things.