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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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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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  • Adel
  • Roswell, GA, United States
  • 02-01-13

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

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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  • Lynn
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 03-24-15

2nd time listening

This is my second time listening to this book. The first time I was frustrated with it and kept on waiting for something to happen. This time I listened with more of an open mind and enjoyed it more. There are certain things is like to change, but I've decided to give the 2nd book a try.

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  • Gary
  • Seeley Lake, MT, USA
  • 07-02-07

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.

8 of 24 people found this review helpful

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the first book in an awesome series

this book will have you wanting the next book in the series.
the best book ever

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great story!!

didn't love the narration, it felt too fake and triedd too hard to reflect the character's age, but loved the story!

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It gave me chills!!

Not going to lie, it took me a few chapter for be to get hooked to this book, but when I did, I couldn't stop. I really like the narrators performance, it gave me chills!
Although I can see the scientific flaws with this plot, it was just was exciting anyway!

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Great book

I enjoyed this book and got through it so fast. I'm glad to find out their is several more books to this story..

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NEVER A DULL MOMENT!!!

If anything ever does happen and we need to survive like this I am totally going to use this book as a manual!!!

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