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Life as We Knew It: A Novel | [Susan Beth Pfeffer]

Life as We Knew It: A Novel

Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the Moon closer to the Earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun?
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Publisher's Summary

Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the Moon closer to the Earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun?

As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all, hope, in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

©2006 Susan Beth Pfeffer; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    Jessica Guelph, ON, Canada 02-14-15
    Jessica Guelph, ON, Canada 02-14-15
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    "Enjoyable listen!"

    Good story; interesting take on a possible apocalypse scenario! The narrator drove me a bit nuts. She's young and peppy-sounding, which... I suppose fits once I realized this is actually considered a teen novel, but... I enjoyed it nonetheless. :)

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    jamie Springield, MO, United States 11-06-14
    jamie Springield, MO, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "How could I have made such a mistake?"
    What would have made Life as We Knew It better?

    SO.......... I did not know this was for kids 11-13! lol... I just heard it was good... it's probably good for 11-13 year olds. It was lame and anticlimactic. It was a "it's the Apocalypse, but that's okay" type book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    MORE DEATH AND SUFFERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (but it's for kids...)


    What about Emily Bauer’s performance did you like?

    Standard teenage girl vocal fluctuation. like, seriously. ;)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm curious about what happens in the series... but I really don't care that much. If you're a pre teen girl, its a good sci fi book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect too much if you're an apocalypse-junkie!

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    LetMo 09-29-14
    LetMo 09-29-14
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    "GREAT BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life as We Knew It to be better than the print version?

    YES!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I HAVE READ QUITE A FEW "END OF THE WORLD" TYPE BOOK... THEY ALL SEEM THE SAME BUT THIS ONE HAS A UNIQUE FEEL ABOUT IT! AND IT MAKES YOU THINK... HOW WOULD YOU SURVIOR


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!! I DID IT IN 3 SITTING (AT WORK LOL)


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN TO THIS ONE GUYS ITS WORTH IT!! CANT WAIT TO START BOOK 2

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    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 05-20-13
    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 05-20-13 Member Since 2001
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    "The authors political agenda is beyond obvious."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I got this book to listen along with my 13 year old niece who is reading the book. And end of the world style book does not need the authors political views boldly shown to tell the story . The jabs at Fox News, George Bush and Christians felt like a petulant child had written them during a temper tantrum .


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-10-13
    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A little too idealistic"
    Would you try another book from Susan Beth Pfeffer and/or Emily Bauer?

    I finished the book and I enjoyed it. It was sort of pleasant to only have tow or three jarring moments in what could have been tragic. On the other hand, it was a bit idealistic.Wish they had someone else reading it, her voice was a bit much.

    I am going to buy the other two books in the series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    eh.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voice a little too 16ish for me.


    Do you think Life as We Knew It needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has two and I will buy them.


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    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 03-29-13
    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 03-29-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent story and very well thought out"
    What made the experience of listening to Life as We Knew It the most enjoyable?

    Partly the narration. Emily Bauer did a great job of putting just the right amount of emotion into the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miranda


    Have you listened to any of Emily Bauer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, I haven't


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It would give too much away, so I can't say. I don't like spoiler alerts.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. It was very refreshing.

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    serialnumber55 Alaska 02-16-13
    serialnumber55 Alaska 02-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you want a post-apocalyptic YA novel, this may be one to try. The science is wrong (an asteroid pushes the moon into a close orbit) and the social science is wrong (the fact that an asteroid was going to hit the moon was greeted with a rather muted response, no doomsayers or predictions of disaster), but much of the narrative is a fairly realistic depiction of adjusting to a world that is not the same.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Beth Pfeffer again?

    Sure.


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    Arlene Roswell, GA, United States 02-01-13
    Arlene Roswell, GA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Youth selection for book club"
    Where does Life as We Knew It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I got hooked on the story within 20 minutes. Excellent performance. I could feel the fear and bleakness in this new world that Ms. Pfeffer wrote and Ms. Bauer performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice of Ms. Bauer.


    What does Emily Bauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could feel her helplessness.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it for a book club looking for youth selection. It was not as violent as One Second After.

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    Sharon Tucson, AZ, United States 01-06-13
    Sharon Tucson, AZ, United States 01-06-13
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    "Life as We Knew It!"
    What did you love best about Life as We Knew It?

    I liked the strong personalities of this book. I couldn't help but care about them!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was some time since I read this book, however the teenage high school student was wonderful! As was her very strong and loving mother.


    What about Emily Bauer’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to give each person their own voice made it more fun to listen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did both. I really liked these people and was so happy and relieved they all survived.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for the big bad evil people to come along and get them as is what happens in most stories. I was deligjhted that did not happen!

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    Gary Seeley Lake, MT, USA 07-02-07
    Gary Seeley Lake, MT, USA 07-02-07
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    "Leave out the politics"

    While an outstanding disaster novel the story suffers from the author's need to inject her political views into the narrative. Referring to the President as an "idiot" and "evil jerk" and portraying the only Christian in the story as menally imablanced is quite distracting. Indeed it seemed to me the author was going to great lengths to imbue her main characters with liberal attitudes (and no I am not a rabid conservative) which took away from the core of her narrative, which is quite entertaining and thought provoking. Do not listen to this book if you are easily offended politicaly.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful

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