The Wonder Spot

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Melissa Bank

Narrated By: Melissa Bank

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2005

Duration: 10 hours 23 minutes


Melissa Bank's runaway bestseller, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, charmed readers and critics alike with its wickedly insightful, tender look at a young woman's forays into love, work, and friendship. Now, with The Wonder Spot, Bank is back with her signature combination of devilishly self-deprecating humor, seriousness and wisdom.Nothing comes easily to Sophie Applebaum, the black sheep of her family trying to blend in with the herd. Uneasily situated between two brothers, Sophie first appears as the fulcrum and observer of her clan in 'Boss of the World.' Then, at college, in 'The Toy Bar,' she faces a gauntlet of challenges as Best Friend to the dramatic and beautiful Venice Lambourne, curator of 'perfect things.' In her early twenties, Sophie is dazzled by the possibilities of New York City during the Selectric typewriter era—only to land solidly back in Surrey, PA after her father's death.
The Wonder Spot follows Sophie's quest for her own identity—who she is, what she loves, whom she loves, and occasionally whom she feels others should love—over the course of 25 years. In an often-disappointing world, Sophie listens closely to her own heart. And when she experiences her 'Aha!' moments—her own personal wonder spots—it's the real thing. In this tremendous follow-up to The Girls' Guide To Hunting And Fishing, Bank again shares her vast talent for capturing a moment, taking it to heart, and giving it back to her readers.


  • Sherry M.-Midwest

    The wit and sarcasm is what kept me interested in this story. It seemed to be a book about nothing, kind of like reading a Seinfeld episode, and I wondered throughout the book if the main character was more like George than Jerry. But you had to keep reading to find out. Though I'd never be good friends with someone like Sophie, I learned to like her. I'm not sure why, maybe it was her easy way of moving through life and her humor. She had me laughing outloud on more than one occasion, and I began hoping for good things to happen for her. I'm glad the author didn't try to tidy up the plot too much at the end. It ended how I would think Sophie would have wanted it to. Also, I absolutely love it when authors read their own books. I find overdramatized readings distracting and cheapen a good book.

  • Anonymous

    I am not quite sure why, but I adored this book. The narrators (the author herself) voice is annoyingly monotone and I would normally hate it, but after a few minutes, I found it appropriate and started to like it. I believe that geography dictates whether or not this title is for you. If you are an East Coast (preferably from the tri-state area) and parts of Florida and are Jewish, you will feel as if you know all of these characters on some level. It isn't exciting, but worth listening to.

  • Connie

    I kept waiting for something to happen, it never did. The monotone of the narrator caused me to pull over and nap more then once.

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