State of Wonder

State of Wonder

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Ann Patchett raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past. Once found, Dr. Swenson is as imperious and uncompromising as ever. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina. State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2011]
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9780062072474
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Patch
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (12 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Davis, Hope 1967-- Actor


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Feb 12, 2019

I just love her writing so much. It was an exciting adventure.

Aug 27, 2018

Although this book starts kind of slow, once the main character leaves Minnesota it becomes very riveting. I enjoyed this story very much.

samdog123 Jun 19, 2017

My first book by Ann Patchett--wow what a story and so beautifully written too. I listened to this in the audio book format. The reader was excellent and really brought the story alive for me. When Pharmacologist, Dr. Marina Singh, is sent off to the jungles of Brazil to check on the progress of her drug firm's research team, she is continually amazed by everything she encounters. From the native tribes, the intense Dr. Swenson and the jungle itself, it is a state of wonder. Also key to the plot is the mysterious death of the previous researcher sent to check on the team. The story unfolds in such a compelling way. I really loved this book.

Dec 03, 2014

It took a very long time for anything whatsoever to happen in this book, but eventually it caught my interest and I loved the ending. Good reader.

Apr 02, 2014

I enjoy Ann Patchett's writing very much, and this was no exception. As other reviewers have pointed out, the narration of the audiobook was also top-notch. The story keeps the reader guessing up until the very end, and the plot is so interesting that it does leave one in a "state of wonder." The redemption of the protagonist, would-be surgeon Marina Singh, is also very powerful.

bnotash70 Oct 07, 2012

A doctor working for a drug company is sent down to the Brazilian Rainforest to see why her coworker died when he had been sent down before her. Her previous clinical instructor in her internship year, was a tough lady doctor/professor and now a senior investigator in the same drug company. She had been sent down to Brazil years ago on an expense account to do research but has not sent any reports back up.

Aug 30, 2012

Interesting, but not spell binding. 5 of 10 for me.

Jul 29, 2012

I've loved other Ann Patchett books but was only luke-warm about this one. It has some good ideas but is a bit far out.

smc01 Jun 26, 2012

An amazing story with well-developed characters. The narration is terrific and compelling. The ending is unforgettable and also makes you wonder...

May 05, 2012

While the writing is wonderful, the author tells the story in such a way that the reader has to think, too. Lovely.

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mill01pj Apr 05, 2012

Without revealing too much and running the risk of implying the book is one-dimensional, let's just say the book is about an extensive research project into a new, potentially earth-shattering drug.


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