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State of Wonder

Patchett, Ann (Audiobook CD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
State of Wonder


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Researcher Marina Singh is sent by her boss at Vogel, a drug manufacturer, to the jungles of Brazil following the death of a co-worker. It is there that the company is looking into a miracle drug based on a tree bark used by a native tribe. Upon her arrival, Marina must find out the circumstances of her colleague's death, as well as find out why work has slowed to a crawl on the drug. That means dealing with Annick Swenson, a determined researcher who Marina has a complicated relationship with.
Authors: Patchett, Ann
Title: State of wonder
[sound recording]
Publisher: [New York] :, HarperAudio,, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
Notes: Compact discs
Summary: Researcher Marina Singh is sent by her boss at Vogel, a drug manufacturer, to the jungles of Brazil following the death of a co-worker. It is there that the company is looking into a miracle drug based on a tree bark used by a native tribe. Upon her arrival, Marina must find out the circumstances of her colleague's death, as well as find out why work has slowed to a crawl on the drug. That means dealing with Annick Swenson, a determined researcher who Marina has a complicated relationship with.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Orange Prize Longlist 2012", "
Orange Prize Shortlist 2012"]
Local Note: 40.00 c.1-2 06/11 br; c.3 08/11 br
Additional Contributors: Davis, Hope - 1967-
ISBN: 9780062072474
Branch Call Number: CD F PAT
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Comment by: librarylizzard Report This Apr 03, 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.


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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • librarylizzard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jan 27, 2013
  • bnotash70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jul 29, 2012
  • mcschroeder rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jul 26, 2012
  • ITC rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think if I was reading this book I would have put it down and not picked it up again. I am glad that I stuck with it. The narration was terrific.

Report This Jun 26, 2012
  • smc01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This May 05, 2012
  • Jordan63 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Apr 14, 2012
  • kgillo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've liked all Ann Patchett's books. Listening to this one was a pleasure.

Report This Apr 05, 2012
  • mill01pj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In an interesting and exciting story, this book covers several important ethical issues facing our world today. Playaway Narration was excellent.

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  • mill01pj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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  • mill01pj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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