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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Geraldine Brooks

Narrated By: Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: August 2010

Duration: 10 hours 6 minutes


An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

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' (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.


  • Carolyn Donovan

    I had to abandon this book, the narrator I thought was the wrong choice for this novel. There was not enough differentiation between the character voices to always know who was speaking, which made a frustrating listen. I can't really rate the book because I the narration caused me to give it up, but I've given it four stars as I don't want my thoughts on the narrator to reflect the quality of the book.

  • Lorraine Wilson

    This book is well written and tells a heartbreaking story of one woman's life and struggles during the plague. The narrator is the author and she isn't bad, I just like a professional reader better. Listen to this book, you'll love it.

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

by Geraldine Brooks

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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, Geraldine Brooks