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In the Unlikely Event Audiobook

In the Unlikely Event

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, June 2015 - What could be better than a Judy Bloom book to kick-off the summer? In the Unlikely Event is accessible historical fiction for adults. At its center is a real-life event that occurred in Blume's hometown of Elizabeth NJ in the early 1950's, when not one, but three planes fell from the sky over a three-month period. This is the common thread that ties together a large cast of characters whose stories span generations – each helping to paint a picture of a distinct time and place and of the long-term effect this shared experience has on an entire community. Personal, informative, and heart-warming all at once – In the Unlikely Event is exactly what I hoped from the renowned Judy Bloom! —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sara 07-01-15
    Sara 07-01-15

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    "Teen Writing & Narration"

    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.

    37 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy P. VA, USA 09-21-15
    Tracy P. VA, USA 09-21-15

    Married 23yrs to kindest father & husband:) I am an MSW, w/ A+ friends Son 2nd yr @ Harvard. 16yodaughter in drama & a phenom photographer!

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    "New meaning to term:"HOPE FOR BEST,PLAN FOR WORST""
    Would you consider the audio edition of In the Unlikely Event to be better than the print version?

    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!


    What other book might you compare In the Unlikely Event to and why?

    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


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen McInerney – was your favorite?

    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


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

    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne miami, FL, United States 07-05-15
    Joanne miami, FL, United States 07-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "In the unlikely event that you are considering reading this . . ."

    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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Silverman Bedminster, NJ United States 06-20-15
    Ellen Silverman Bedminster, NJ United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "In the unlikely event you read this...."
    What would have made In the Unlikely Event better?

    An adult plot; adult descriptions and comments. This is a young innocent teen book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Detailing the plane crashes in Elizabeth NJ in 1951-52.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    LTR Boston 06-27-15
    LTR Boston 06-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Very adolescent"
    Would you try another book from Judy Blume and/or Kathleen McInerney?

    No


    What could Judy Blume have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I feel this book belongs in the "young adult reader" category.


    What didn’t you like about Kathleen McInerney’s performance?

    The intonation of the characters was as adolescent as the story line.


    What character would you cut from In the Unlikely Event?

    Any of them


    Any additional comments?

    If you love watching Lifetime and Hallmark movies you will enjoy this book.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    redman413 06-01-17
    redman413 06-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Could have been several Chapters shorter"

    Felt a bit drawn out... some characters too flat for all the writing. Glad I used Audible instead of reading.

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    M. Boyer 12-28-16
    M. Boyer 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Happy for another Blume Y/A book."

    In the Unlikely Event is Judy Blume’s highly anticipated new novel, and only one of four aimed at an older audience in Blume’s career. In the vein of Summer Sisters, this novel is told through the many eyes of a town. In the Unlikely Event takes place in the 1950s in Elizabeth New Jersey where three planes fell from the sky in less than sixty days. Pulling from the backdrop of her own experience living through these actual events, at 77 years old, Blume depicts a time when Elizabeth Taylor haircuts and A-bomb hysteria were very real.

    I know that a lot of people found tracking the various characters difficult, the biggest complaint about this book, however I didn’t find it to be anything new. One of my favorite books is Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters and it was written in a similar fashion. I found it refreshing and ultimately unique story telling device that enriched the narrative.

    While the crashes are at the center of the story manipulating the lives of each character, this narrative is really a coming of age story. The reader experiences these events from three generations of families, friends, and strangers.

    Blume successfully honors the real victims of these tragic events by bringing to life the facts surrounding the plane crashes in New Jersey. In the Unlikely Event is an enchanting story of life’s ordinary and extraordinary events.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay McKinley Dallas, TX 10-12-16
    Jay McKinley Dallas, TX 10-12-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Judy Blume for grown ups."

    Struggled to finish, but I did. I'm notNot a fan of this Judy Blume work.

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    Chris Marsh Marsh 08-27-16
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    "Good brainless read"

    Great little story. You become involved with the characters and how the events of their life effect them and possibly you as a reader. Prompted me to learn about actual events the book is based around.

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    Amazon Customer 06-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    I am so impressed with the narrator. Amazing job! Great story. I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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