The Wonderling by Mira Bartok | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To The Wonderling by Mira Bartok?

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok contains one of my favorite things – anthropomorphism. I love books about animals with human-esque qualities. So, of course I had to grab it from Netgalley. Life, however, comes at you kind of fast. So, I saw that this one was available to borrow from my library and listen to on audiobook CD. I took the plunge and went for it. My previous audiobook on CD went really well, so I thought perhaps this would go well. Also, I just wanted a book that would be super easy to listen to.

What’s The Story Here?

The Wonderling is about this fox-like eleven year old kid known as Thirteen. This is because he has a medallion around his neck with the number thirteen on it. Anyways, Thirteen is an orphan and lives at the Home For Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. The home is run by Miss Carbunkle who is all sorts of awful. The children who live in the home are known as groundlings. Essentially they are part animal, part human. They are tasked with working all day and are not allowed to sing or dance or play.

Thirteen’s life basically is awful. That is, until he helps out a bird groundling named Trinket. Trinket begins to call Thirteen by the name of Arthur. Together, the two escape the Home and set out for the wide world. It is there that they discover the key to Arthur’s past. In addition, they find a way to a better life for the residents of the Wayward Home.

How Did I Like The Wondering?

Mira Bartok’s book, The Wonderling, is relatively good. Is it my favorite? No. Does it rise to say, the level of Redwall in my esteem? No. However, it did provide a few hours of entertainment. Although, it did leave me feeling a little sad. However, that should be expected for books that are Dickensian in nature. This book, FYI, is TOTALLY Dickensian. I think that middle grade children who like books that are a touch melancholy will get something out of this one. Also, the art within is fantastic. It feels vintage and wonderful and I loved seeing the few illustrations that I did (while trying to correlate my audiobook with page).

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook is narrated by Simon Vance. I know that he is a big deal narrator. Personally, it is probably not the narrating style for me for the most part. Like, I wish I had listened to this via an app so I could speed it up. The narration is very slow and serious. I do not know much much actual middle graders would like it. Still, to each their own. I didn’t love the narration, but other people will enjoy it.

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