The new adult novel from the beloved and best-selling author Judy Blume.
When a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, within a three-month period in 1951-1952, Judy Blume was a teenager. "These events have lingered in my mind ever since," says Blume. "It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified." Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who will be profoundly affected by these events, either directly or indirectly. But life goes on, and Blume digs deep into her characters - we see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent's love, a widower's hope, and everything in between.... Most important, In the Unlikely Event is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won Blume the hearts and minds of listeners of all generations.
©2015 Judy Blume (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Characteristically accessible, frequently charming, and always deeply human." (Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Kathleen McInerney creates a vibrant audio version of the interlocked lives, families, and generations in Judy Blume's arresting, sometimes harrowing, new novel.... McInerney's vocal technique is marvelously flexible..." (AudioFile)
I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
I am new to Judy Blume's writing and took a chance with this book. I know she usually writes for a child and/or teen audience. All of the 5 star positive reviews here made me decide to give this "adult" entry a try. That was a mistake. After listening for several hours I found that I could not go on. The book was adolescent and totally geared towards teen listeners. I found the narration childish, cloyingly sweet, sing song and grating. Can't recommend unless you are a fan of teen books and narration.
While there was much detail provided about the events and time period, there was very little story. Moreover, it still had the feel of the young adult book, not a novel for an adult.
The reader read many Jewish phrases incorrectly. Doesn't the director research this before the performance? Took away from the story.
Judy Blume's talent rings as crisp and entertaining as my first read of It's me God Margret read over 40 years ago. Wish I had a tenth of her talent!
I am a social worker, love running & an insatiable reader. Son 2nd year @Harvard. Daughter in 10th grade. A+ husband (23yrs)LIFE=BLESSED!
NO. THIS WAS ONE BOOK THAT I APPRECIATED MORE IN THE WRITTEN VERSION. I PAYED MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION WHEN READING, AND AFTER COMPLETING I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T MISS ANYTHING FROM THIS AMAZING (PART BIO, PART FICTION) TRAIL BLAZER OF A BOOK.! TREMENDOUS PLOT, AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING!
A BOOK THAT COMES IMMEDIATELY TO MIND AS A GREAT EXAMPLE IN WHICH STRONG COMPARISONS CAN EASILY BE MADE TO: "IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT" IS PHILIP ROTH'S: "NEMESIS". IT IS A NOVEL ABOUT THE POLIO EPIDEMIC OUTBREAK, & THE LIMITATIONS CAUSED BY THE FACT THAT NO ONE KNEW WHAT TO DO, (OR IF ANYTHING COULD BE DONE) TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND CHILDREN FROM CONTRACTING THIS KILLER. JEWS BLAMING CATHOLICS AND VICE VERSA. HENCE, THE FINGER POINTING THREAD BETWEEN BOTH NOVELS. PEOPLE DESPERATELY NEEDED/WANTED TO KNOW WHY THIS WAS HAPPENING AND WANT ANSWERS YESTERDAY!!!SAME GOES FOR:"IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT" NO ONE KNEW HOW TO STOP, NOR WHAT WAS CAUSING THE PLAN CRASHES, POINTING FINGERS WAS COMMONPLACE, AS PEOPLE NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND "WHY' IT WAS HAPPENING, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHY IT WAS HAPPENING TO THEIR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, ETCETERA... HUMAN NATURE AT ITS BEST
THE PROTAGONIST LITTLE GIRL, WHO LIVES WITH MOM AND GRAND MOM WAS MY FAV. CHARACTER. SHE IS THE ONE CHARACTER I GOT A SENSE OF REALL AUTHENTICITY
"ONCE BURNED, TWICE SHY' CHOSE THIS BECAUSE IT IS A FAMOUS MANTRA. THE CHARACTERS WOULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM IT'S STRENGTH IN THEY WERE AWARE OF/APPLY TO THEIR DAILY LIVES.
FAVORITE JUDY BLUME BOOK EVER! THIS BOOK IS NOT A PRE-TEEN, TEEN OR RACY ADULT BOOK EASY FOR CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND, YET WRITTEN FOR ADULTS ENJOY AND HOPE OTHERS ENJOY(ED) AS MUCH AS I.
This is a hard question to answer. Book was aimed at teenagers and younger although being marketed as adult fiction.
Book described as her first adult fiction effort. Our first Blume book..and our last. Book full of adjectives in describing the teen agers world.
Narrator read as a child/teenager with with no inflection.
There are way too many characters in this book, which means there isn't enough time to get get invested with the main characters, who should be the most interesting. I still don't feel like I know much about Miri/Rusty/Irene/Mason and their group was supposed to be the focus.
Instead, you get little tangents of side characters that give you a tiny bit of information to get you interested, and then you might never hear from that character again.
This narrator is super generic sounding and uses a horrible baby voice to portray small children.
I grew up with Judy Blume books and have always loved her writing. I loved her foray into adult literature, with Summer Sisters, and have to say that this was a big disappointment. The whole book felt disjointed, long, yet incomplete.
Like all the other reviewers said, this was boring, no story and not for adults. I quit after 2 chapters.
This was my first and last. She should stick to her teen audience.
Good, but the story was too annoying to sit through.
I'd like my money back!
I feel this book belongs in the "young adult reader" category.
The intonation of the characters was as adolescent as the story line.
Any of them
If you love watching Lifetime and Hallmark movies you will enjoy this book.
I was so excited to listen to this book. I hated the first 3/4 and wanted to turn it off several times. I don't know if the last 1/4 got better or it just wore me down. The book was flat and uninspiring. I can not recommend reading this book.
An adult plot; adult descriptions and comments. This is a young innocent teen book.
Detailing the plane crashes in Elizabeth NJ in 1951-52.
I lived in Bayonne NJ just across from Newark Airport and I remember those crashes so I looked forward to this book. But Judy Blume writes for young teens and other than the horror of the plane crashes, this book is a teen story and nothing more. Yet because of the crashes over 50 years ago I wouldn't recommend it to teens. A real disappointment.
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