The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood audiobook

The One-in-a-Million Boy

By Monica Wood
Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla

Dreamscape
10.46 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781520003801

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“The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?” So says the one-hundred-four-year-old Ona to the eleven-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades. One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.

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Summary

Summary

“The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?”

So says the one-hundred-four-year-old Ona to the eleven-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.

One Saturday, the boy doesn’t show up. Ona starts to think he’s not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son’s good deed. The boy’s mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A must-read book … Whimsical and bittersweet.” Good Housekeeping
“This may be my favorite audiobook narration ever. Ciulla gives voice to an amazing relationship…The book is heartwarming without being overly sentimental, and Ciulla is the consummate actor to tell the story.” BookRiot (audio review)
“Ona Vitkus is 104 years old and something of a loner. Narrator Chris Ciulla adopts a slight accent to illustrate her Lithuanian roots and adds a slight tremulousness to his timbre so that Ona sounds old but still spry and spirited…Ciulla’s open performance and slightly hurried pacing for the boy perfectly translate his unfiltered but sweet nature..Ciulla makes his fundamental decency and kindness clear to the listener.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Monica Wood

Author Bio: Monica Wood

Monica Wood is the author of When We Were the Kennedys and several novels, including Any Bitter Thing, a national bestseller. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; and many other publications.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English