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Hey Nostradamus! Audiobook

Hey Nostradamus!

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Publisher's Summary

Pregnant and secretly married, Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria. Overrun with paranoia, teenage angst, and religious zeal in the massacre's wake, this sleepy suburban neighborhood declares its saints, brands its demons, and moves on.

But, for a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains permanently derailed. Four dramatically different characters tell their stories: Cheryl, who calmly narrates her own death; Jason, the boy no one knew was her husband, still marooned ten years later by his loss; Heather, the woman trying to love the shattered Jason; and Jason's father, Reg, whose rigid religiosity has separated him from nearly everyone he loves.

©2003 Douglas Coupland; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"[Coupland]'s best novel to date." (LA Weekly)
"It's an extraordinarily well-written novel with characters you know you shouldn't be liking but do. So real." (Whoopi Goldberg)

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    Morning Star Baltimore, MD, USA 10-17-05
    Morning Star Baltimore, MD, USA 10-17-05
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    "Hey Coupland, ya did it again!"

    As usual, Coupland has tapped into the "gen-x" mind and produced a rugged, honest and engaging tale of living in this crazy world. The story just works and it is told with unusual honesty and frankness. The narrators actually do justice to the telling of the tale, and this is something I don't often say. Some narrators take away from an otherwise good story but these folks enhance an already terrific listen. Two thumbs way up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro LondonUnited Kingdom 12-05-04
    Pedro LondonUnited Kingdom 12-05-04
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    "as always excelent"

    My crit may be biased. I am one of those coupland junkies, yes there are plenty out there, almost religious preechers of his novels. Hey Nostradamus is not just a moving and compelling story, it is the kind of book that will change your life for ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James McGillivray CA United States 01-11-04
    James McGillivray CA United States 01-11-04 Listener Since 2002

    Blueskier

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    "Surprisingly Enjoyable"

    Great Readers - each of the four really fit the parts they read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Hansen 11-14-03
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    "A lot of fun, a bit uneven"

    The topic -- playing off the concept of school shootings, the most disturbing of which was, naturally, Columbine -- was what caught me, but kind of in the way one gets their attention grabbed by a car wreck; you know maybe you shouldn't be looking, but you can't help but look.

    This book's topic is a bit like that, but fortunately the novel inside is pretty darn good. For me, the most likeable character was Cheryl Anway, the easiest to like, naturally. From there, the novel is a bit uneven; the sections dedicated to each of the four leads are unequal in length, which is troublesome in that some characters feel more two-dimensional as a result, most notably in the last part.

    I did appreciate the way the whole truth of circumstances involved only become clear after reading the whole book; it's a time-honored trick but nicely pulled off here. Well done, overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Lake Worth, FL, USA 03-26-04
    Ryan Lake Worth, FL, USA 03-26-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Things need a little explaining..."

    This book starts out really weak, almost annoying. Stick with it, it does get a little more interesting. It's depressing though, and will leave you asking questions; mostly about instances in the story I felt the author should have expounded upon.

    The four separate readers definitely does this book a favor and really identifies the characters well for you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 11-27-16
    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 11-27-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm in my 18th year teaching Spanish and English Literature and Composition. I love to travel and learn about different cultures! I❤Audible!

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    "Half way there..."

    I may have to listen to this one again. I guess I thought this book was more about the events of a school shooting, rather than the lives of those affected years after it occurred. I feel like I really have no idea what happened with the 4 characters/narrators. The first and third narrators really held my interest (they were both females). I'm hoping I'm more engaged with the second and fourth narrators (both guys) during the 2nd listen, since I have a better understanding now who they are. I would probably give this a 3.5 rating because even though I listened the entire way through, I could have stopped at any point beyond narrator #1 and been fine with it. I didn't score it lower because the opening was outstanding (narrator #1), and the story with narrator #3 kept me wanting to hear more. It just seems like there should have been a little more to the story...

    I'm not sure if I would recommend this book....I'll update after I listen to it again.

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    Tasha 08-17-16
    Tasha 08-17-16
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    "I don't understand why this book is rated highly."

    What did I just hear?! 5% interesting story, 95% whining and loose plot. I feel like an Olympian after the hours of forcing myself to finish this book. Maybe I should have read it. The voice actors were of noticeably varying levels of skill and were either annoying or bad casts.

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    Charlyne Phoenix, Azerbaijan 02-04-13
    Charlyne Phoenix, Azerbaijan 02-04-13

    avid reader, love nature

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    "Great story, but too short, where is the sequel?"
    Would you listen to Hey Nostradamus! again? Why?

    Yes, it kept me interested, the ending was not what I expected


    What did you like best about this story?

    4 different views....each unique!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    wonderful


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    yes, yes and yes


    Any additional comments?

    Is there going to be a sequel

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    brett Eureka, US, Canada 12-19-09
    brett Eureka, US, Canada 12-19-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Coupland is a genius"

    Awesome book. great choice of narrators. one of my absolute favorites, and ive read and listened to close to 500 works of literature. Wish someone would do more Coupland works. "Generation X" for example. "Life After God" hint hint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 04-22-08
    S new york, NY, United States 04-22-08
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    "great listen!"

    Authentic characters and smartly written. I wish I could read more from this author!

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    4/23/07
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    "Genius"

    This is my favourite Douglas Coupland novel, brilliantly read by 4 very talented actors. Like most Coupland books this one deals with feelings of isolation in the midst of the buzziness of modern life. It starts with a high school shooting, very sensetively handled, and shows how the tradegic events cause ripples in the lives of two of the families concerned over a period of 20 years. As is common with a Coupland novel, the events and characters are a means to ask some very searching questions about faith, God and the value of individuals. This is a moving and thought provoking work but one that maintains the authors characteristic wit and warmth throughout. One of the best books availible on Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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