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4.18918918918919 out of 54.18918918918919 out of 54.18918918918919 out of 54.18918918918919 out of 54.18918918918919 out of 5 4.19 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine Brooks Narrator: Geraldine Brooks Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781101223161
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When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gena Divine | 2/19/2014

    " I learned more about the Plague from this novel of historical fiction than in all my years of history in school. The weaving of facts and story-telling made for a lovely and fascinating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/11/2014

    " This book took me a long time to get through. The audio book reader was very hard to listen to. However, I liked the book and found it insightful into understanding what the Plague must have been like and to realize how much vaccines do for us. It was so interesting. But I did not like the ending at all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juli | 2/10/2014

    " Beautifully written historical fiction -- loved it........ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Neville | 2/2/2014

    " Entertaining in a very gruesome medieval way. I'm jolly glad I wasn't alive in Eyam in 1666. Nicely written, though a bit strange/rushed at the end. Three and a half stars from me. But worth a read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed the strength of the main character. The tale was certainly gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Lamb | 1/5/2014

    " Not her masterpiece (that would be People of the Book) but Brooks continues to prove her chops as a strong historical fiction author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna Peel | 12/23/2013

    " Brilliant - up to the terrible epilogue - which means 4 stars not 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 12/21/2013

    " I didn't think I would like this book, when it came up in my book group, but I loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/21/2013

    " I LOVED this book. I loved the main character of Anna Firth. I loved the births. I loved the ending. Yeah. It was good. The only thing I wish it had was a glossary of medieval words. Oh, well, that is what google is for, right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/19/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction. Gave me a birds eye view into life of those times and situation. I'm thankful to be living in the 21st century! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Jo Gesteland | 10/22/2013

    " I can't decide if this is better than *March*...it's certainly as good. I really like Brooks' historical fiction. She's visiting Ogden in November too :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/14/2013

    " Great read. Captivated and interested me throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Strauss Gurss | 9/14/2013

    " Geraldine Brooks is a masterful story-teller. I am looking forward to reading more books by her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 6/16/2013

    " A friend lent this book to me, but I did not read it for a while, because the subject seemed like it would be bleak, but once I started, I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Leist Adams | 4/4/2013

    " Poetic. Once you fall into Brook's world, you are want to stay lost in the way she weaves her language to tell the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jabeen Sohail | 2/21/2013

    " Good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francineex | 12/4/2012

    " I have to agree with all those who really liked the first 85% of the book but got disgusted with the last bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/18/2012

    " I listened to this and it was beautifully read by the author. While this does deal with the plague, I thought it was a lovely story and I will probably listen to it again. The characters became very dear to me, and I loved the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jwedseltoft | 3/18/2012

    " One of my favorite books ever! Fascinating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/16/2012

    " I found it captivating in a slow-and-steady way. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/7/2012

    " So evocative and such a tribute to courage. However, for me, it resulted in a temporary and minor case of germaphobia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/18/2011

    " Currently listening to the audio book read by the author. Helps while prepping and cooking all those garden veggies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Kruse | 9/5/2011

    " Beautifully written and immensely engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 8/23/2011

    " Based on a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/9/2011

    " I couldn't put this down...a well-written story with a set of characters that I really wanted to know what would happen to them. I will be reading more Brooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahissa | 6/24/2011

    " Beautifully and poetically written but the ending felt like it came out of left field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 6/1/2011

    " Absolutely wonderful (and so sad) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MsP | 5/24/2011

    " A wonderful story, one that I didn't want to end. I've recommended this book to so many people and haven't met anyone who hasn't been captivated by this most unusual snapshot of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/23/2011

    " Enjoyed it immensely; had heard of the Plague Village before so this was much more informative and interesting

    A fiction book that has elements of non-fiction in it.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/23/2011

    " I would have given this 4 stars, except for the ending. Very lame, and out of character with the rest of the book, for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/23/2011

    " Wondrous all the way through (for the most part.) Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/23/2011

    " This was a charming and delightful read into the days of yesteryear. I look forward to my other reads by this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/21/2011

    " This book is set during the plague on England. While the subject material is kind of gruesome, I thought the character development was very good. I thought it was so interesting to watch Anna mature. I wasn't a fan of the ending. It didn't fit the rest of the story got me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billymojo | 5/21/2011

    " A well researched and deftly written tale of a small town isolated due to an outbreak of an infectious disease. Highly recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 5/18/2011

    " Love this author . . . I'll read everything she ever writes. Always fascinating and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/18/2011

    " Very bleak but good. I cried for Anna more than once. The ending was a bit odd but beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 5/16/2011

    " Great period piece - I know the village this story is set in, which changes my appreciation of the story, but I really enjoyed her writing. When the book disappears, and you're just in the story, you know it's good. "

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About the Author
Author Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, Year of Wonders, and People of the Book and the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. She was previously a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.