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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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    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 02-17-12
    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 02-17-12
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    "Makes You Wonder..."

    I have to agree that the beginning of this recording is hard to sit through. The narrator is whiny and annoying. I think she is trying to make the character sound like your average "not a real care in the world before the disaster" teenager, but it grated on my nerves. Once the story gets going, the narration is much better. I liked that the author took her time showing us what a typical family might endure if something like this were ever to happen.

    I didn't mind the references to the president. I myself have mumbled gripes during certain presidential addresses. However, I do wish the mother had expressed herself a bit more than just saying "jerk" or "idiot". Without more explanation, the anger seemed displaced.

    I didn't mind the religious references at all. I don't think the author was making a judgement call on ALL Christians...just those her character came in contact with.

    Overall, I was pretty invested in the story. I found myself caring for the characters...all of whom are a little flawed...which I loved.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B Daigle Louisiana 04-05-09
    B Daigle Louisiana 04-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book"

    This is a good book, well written with characters that are very believable that you can sympathize with. Not Ann Frank, but not grossly far off. Others have written that politics and religion should have been left out of the book, but I think that these references certainly belong. One of the characters is expressing her opinion...isn't that normal? Don't people do that all of the time? As for the religious references...isn't that believable too? One of the characters uses the shade of religion to fleece the sheep of his congregation. What is the difference between that and television evangelist and others who continue to live the high life on the contributions of their congregations, contributions that they continue to elicit even now as the economy crumbles?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Parajunkee Jefferson, LA, United States 04-27-11
    Parajunkee Jefferson, LA, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Stunning."

    Never an easy read, Post-Apocalyptic dramas are something you should mentally prepare for. Yet, I could have never prepared myself for Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNEW IT. Pfeffer's first Survivor's Novel was a heart-wrenching look into one families decent into their own private Hell. The POV is from Miranda, a sixteen year old girl as if she is writing in her diary, at no point throughout the story did I doubt I was reading Miranda's words. Pfeffer's unique storytelling ability and her gift of portraying real family drama makes LAWKI a tale that resonates in me. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time, in fact I think I might have to listen again. Pfeffer captured the essence of what life would be like in these circumstances and rubbed my nose it, no matter the consequences. I experienced the traumatic experiences with Miranda and hoped that if I was ever faced with trials such as these, that I would respond with as much courage as Miranda and her family did. The novel was touching, full of hope and yet heart-breaking. It hit so close to home as if it could be reality that I truly believed it could be happening. I learned some great life-lessons from this one, definitely put things in perspective. And, I also have to mention, that I listen to these audio books at work and I was literally sobbing at my desk. Made for some awkward at-work moments. After reading LAWKI I immediately downloaded The Dead and the Gone because I couldn't leave this world behind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 10-19-08
    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 10-19-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Almost gave up"

    I almost gave up on this story that I bought for a family car ride. The beginning was terrible, but in the end, it was a pretty good book. Especially for my spoiled rotten preteen who lives for food and has never missed a meal.

    The jabs at incompetent leaders and corrupt church officials are brief and I didn't feel like she was pushing politics.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Schroeder N.E. Wisconsin 03-13-07
    Keith Schroeder N.E. Wisconsin 03-13-07 Member Since 2005

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    "A gripping story"

    This is a gripping story of a family struggling to stay together as everything around them - the entire world - is being torn apart around them.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • caroline davey
    11/6/07
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    "Thought provoking and not a littte scary"

    This book is absorbing and very thought provoking. I am listening avidly but will not let my ten year old hear it yet. I think young adult is definitely the category here. The book is well written and the narration is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    4/5/14
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    "A must read for everyone"
    If you could sum up Life as We Knew It in three words, what would they be?

    Could it happen?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic series of books, but I actually preferred to read these rather than listen to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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