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The Future of Us Audiobook
The Future of Us
Written by: 
Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
Narrated by: 
Steven Kaplan, Mary Ellen Cravens
The Future of Us Audiobook

The Future of Us

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1996, and less than half of all American high-school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on - and discover themselves on Facebook, 15 years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

©2011 Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler (P)2011 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"A clever, timely story that will attract any teen with a Facebook account." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Cheryl Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-29-12
    Cheryl Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-29-12
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    "Fascinating concept, entertaining story"

    This was weirdly unbelievable, but a lot of fun to listen to. The basic idea is that a boy gives a girl a free AOL CD In 1996 and when she logs on, she finds herself looking at FaceBook 15 years into the future. She sees her own profile and believes that her future self is unhappy so she changes current decisions and then logs on again to see if her future is any better. Her friend Josh likes what his future looks like, so he keeps trying to stop Emma from changing things.

    The story was fun and unique. I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite scenes was when they read a Facebook comment that said something like "Looking at the planets....poor Pluto" and Josh says "What the hell happened to Pluto?" Funny.

    I bumped off one star for just a couple of quirks that weren't quite right. For example, in 1996, the GUI Internet was a little further developed worldwide than the AOL-only version in the book. The characters acted like the Internet was new. Also, there were a few times when the author led the characters toward unnatural decisions that I had a hard time swallowing. Nothing huge, just like when they realized they could see their futures, rather than diving into everything in the short online time that they had, they suddenly decide "Let's not look anymore today." It wasn't realistic. If you could see into the future and you're not sure if the web page will be there the next time you log on, are you going to just turn it off? It's not a huge thing, but enough that I couldn't justify a full five stars.

    I'd definitely recommend the book, even for adults who were around 15 years ago and remember the time period.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten 02-01-12
    Kirsten 02-01-12
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    "Enjoyable Book!"
    What did you love best about The Future of Us?

    The innovative concept of two teenagers in the 90's accessing Facebook in 2010.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future of Us?

    When Josh first brings over the AOL CD-ROM was such a fun flashback to what so many of us experienced 15 years ago.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the first time Emma and Josh start to explore Facebook together.


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

    I was moved by the scene in which Emma first discovers that Josh is no longer her Facebook friend in 15 years due to actions she has taken trying to change her future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-16-16
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    "Good"

    It was a good story and my only problem was with the characters. Don't get me wrong I loved them but they would exasperate me sometimes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crash 02-08-16
    Crash 02-08-16
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    "Amazing "

    This book has been one of the best books I have ever read and I highly recommend it..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JustStop 12-16-15
    JustStop 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Could have been great"

    This plot line had so much potential to be cool. Think butterfly effect! And the possibilities were endless of what the author could have done with these characters and the plot line. But by the end it was so boring and basic. I wanted some more twists! I will say I like that the two main characters got together in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Max 08-10-15
    Max 08-10-15
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    "Much different than expected"
    What did you love best about The Future of Us?

    Well, I liked everything from it, the fact that it is about good old AOL and then it mixes with Facebook is pretty unexpected, but very interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Emma, only because she has more information about what's going on.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Kaplan and Mary Ellen Cravens – was your favorite?

    Emma, but Josh's voice is very professional sounding.


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

    You would love this book, something horribly cheesy...


    Any additional comments?

    I was assigned this book over the summer until I get back to school, I was so mad they were totally taking our summer away and making us stress about this... But I seriously loved it, I expected to not even remotely like it, but it's my favorite book now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Irene 06-25-14
    Irene 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Jay Asher has done it again!"
    Any additional comments?

    Jay Asher never fails to amaze me. This idea is good, the story is good, and the performance is good. I'd recommend this to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 02-09-14
    Tracy 02-09-14 Member Since 2011

    Fifth Grade Teacher

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    "Their future, our past"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Future of Us to be better than the print version?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Steven Kaplan and Mary Ellen Cravens. Their vocal performances brought nuances to the characters that one might not catch if reading the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Future of Us to and why?

    The Future of Us is unique in it's premise and execution. Reading it was like a journey back to my teens and college years, when Internet access was new and exciting. How would I have reacted to my current Facebook profile back then? Would I be happy with my life to come or try to change it? How would seeing the future change my eventual outcome?


    Which character – as performed by Steven Kaplan and Mary Ellen Cravens – was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick a favorite character. Both performances were outstanding, and it was easy to get carried away with them on their journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian DAYTON, OH, United States 12-23-13
    Brian DAYTON, OH, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 14 year old girl. I love reading but i have a reading disorder so reading is very hard for me. I love listening to books so much!

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    "Best book I've read in a long time!"
    Would you listen to The Future of Us again? Why?

    Yes! I have listened to this book about four times. It is so good and it makes me very happy.


    What other book might you compare The Future of Us to and why?

    I can't compare this to anything else I have read because The Future of Us is nothing like anything else.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Kaplan and Mary Ellen Cravens ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to any of Steven Kaplan or Mary Ellen Craven's other performances.


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

    I laughed so much while reading this. It is so funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon K. Rigby Austin, TX 10-11-12
    Shannon K. Rigby Austin, TX 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    poigirl

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    "Clever Imagination of the Future"
    Would you listen to The Future of Us again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen to it again, but I enjoyed it the first time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future of Us?

    When the boy and girl discover Facebook for the first time.


    What about Steven Kaplan and Mary Ellen Cravens ’s performance did you like?

    They were likeable. They were vulnerable.


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

    There were a couple of parts that make me chuckle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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