While I enjoyed this book and like Sittenfeld's work a lot, I really didn't enjoy the performance as read by Denaker. It made me wonder if I would have felt differently about the characters-- particularly the main character-- had I read the book or listened to the Anne Heche version instead.
Consider instead, Life As We Knew It, a YA novel from 2006 with a nearly identical premise and a much better-developed arc in terms of the tension and feeling of impending and realistic peril.
I am almost tempted to reread The Age of Miracles, even though I didn't like it, to see if it was the performance rather than the writing which imparted such a wistful, infuriatingly passive quality to the main character.
Walker relies a lot on descriptive generalizations rather than creating scenes, often referencing the future ("That would be the last time I ate a grape..") which took me out of the story. I also felt she didn't get the age of her character accurately. Julia's concerns did not seem like those of an eleven year old.
I can't recommend this book, at least in its audio book form.
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