In a peaceful, verdant valley on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion
This is an inventive and original story about the unfolding calamities that follow a nearly imperceptible slowing of the earth’s rotation. Things go from odd to uncomfortable to cataclysmic over a period of a few years, as society unwinds in ways that wouldn’t occur to most people who weren't writing a novel about it. The plot is wrapped around the coming of age of a pre-teen California girl.
Narrators are a matter of personal taste, but this one, for me, was too much of a thin, little-girl voice for a memoir written from the perspective of an older character. It was too slow, too wistful, and too sad to be applied to every single situation.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Beautiful and heartbreaking.
Julia's time with Seth. She deserved some happiness!
No. I couldn't handle it. It made me so sad at times, I couldn't take it.
Oh man, this was beautifully written. What a terrible concept, scary, because can't you see this happening? Eerie. The deterioration of crops, animals, etc throughout the novel was so sad. What a hard age to be in the first place, and then to be at that "tweener" age and live in a world falling apart, terrible! For Julia to find Seth and then to lose him at the end broke me! Even worse, so many questions unanswered, i.e. did he ever get her letter? Did he die first? Did he ever try to contact her? And the fact that even as an adult she still hopes he'll find her breaks my heart. I cannot even imagine living in that world, with so much darkness for extended periods. But good for her to continue on, going to Med school and everything. I have to say, the ending was so lovely and it made me cry! The words "We were here" sums up the essence of life, doesn't it? We live, we made a contribution to the world. Wow. This book was so beautiful. So good.
It's science fiction but isn't to technical.
While something extraordinary happens the book doesn't get all wrapped up in it. Instead the story focuses on how the event effects the characters.
The performance was done well and the characters are easily differentiated from one another.
Once I started this book I couldn't put it down till I'd finished it.
The melancholy beauty of the entire novel was so enhanced by the emotional, appropriate and so perfect performance that it felt more like a play than a book. Very wonderful, I have listened many times!
It was really the story line...it really affected me.
There were several moments...the piano teacher....the relationship with the boy...the relationship with the grandfather.
I did like the ending - but I didn't like the title of the book.
The world's spin is slowing down, and gravity is affected, but only a little bit and only at the beginning. OK, so it's fantasy and I am supposed to go with the flow of it, but the scientific basis is so weak that I just cannot get into this one. Besides, the characters are supeficial, the story dull and pointless.
Who gave this book a good enough review to have motivated me to try it. I kept waiting for some redemption at the end, but the writer also ran out of steam by then too.
This read is engrossing and original. When the earth slows its spinning, the unexpected effects on human life become almost a character in the story. The premise is very imaginative and well-described.
The point of view of the young girl is exquisite and satisfying. I recommend this listen if you can suspend disbelief as you might do to enjoy science fiction. The characters are beautifully detailed and believable. The writing is terrific. My only small gripe: I don't understand the title, though -- it didn't seem to fit or relate to the story. Highly recommended for something readable and different.
I found it very thought provoking. A good read that sticks in your mind.
It's a possible future a long, long time from now.
I enjoyed the reader a lot!
I never consider audio editions better. Just different.
A complete upset of the normal pace of day and night changes everything in the environment and society. It is well thought-out and narrated from the point of view of a young girl.
When they discovered what had really happened to the girl's missing grandfather.
A little happiness anywhere in the story. This book was so depressing it got boring very quickly. It is only the second or third book I have not been able to make myself finish.
It was boring.
It was not her performance that was at fault. It was the material she was reading.
I would have cut the whole book.
Most good authors can take any subject and make it interesting. This book was so boring, it couldn't hold my interest. The Characters are flat and boring, the story is boring. The title of this book should be, "Depressing."