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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

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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 Listener 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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    Staci 02-19-15
    Staci 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Jewelia webb"

    I really loved this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read in my whole life.

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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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    Connie 01-11-15
    Connie 01-11-15
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    "Makes you want to start storing provisions"

    This is one of the first audio books I ever listened, and just like the first time, after listening to this book, I felt like I should go to the supermarket and start buying non-perishable foods lol I know there are many novels that deal with surviving zombie apocalypse and other types of catastrophic scenarios, but in these there are no super humans involved, nor supernatural events, just plain people trying to deal. I hear the last novel of the series is really disappointing and I have yet to decide whether to listen to it or not, but having listened to the first 3 novels before, they're all worth the credit.

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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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  • 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.

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