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Life as We Knew It Audiobook

Life as We Knew It: A Novel

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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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    D. Larussa Louisiana 11-05-16
    D. Larussa Louisiana 11-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "he said, she said, I said"

    I wanted to read this because my 13 old was reading it. The girls were passing it around school bc they all enjoyed it. I went crazy listening to that voice, who talks like that? If I heard another, I said, when she really asked, I was going to throw this recording out the window. I think you've got to be 13 to enjoy this, maybe it's better in book form.

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    Amazon Customer 10-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Concept For A Series"
    Would you try another book from Susan Beth Pfeffer and/or Emily Bauer?

    I enjoyed the book, but not enough to pick up another one in the series.


    If you’ve listened to books by Susan Beth Pfeffer before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


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    C. Reither columbus, oh 06-03-16
    C. Reither columbus, oh 06-03-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Better for teens"

    The female narrators voice was high-pitched and annoying. It had an accurate teenage girl writing perspective but it times that got old and trite. I have heard this series gets better past the first book. I don't know if I will actually try it out. The concept is interesting but at the same time it's another post apocalyptic story.

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    Kathryn 07-12-15
    Kathryn 07-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book but teen narrator got annoying"

    This is the story of an terrible event that affects the earth told from the viewpoint of a self involved teen. As an adult it was hard to relate to the whiny main character, but the book was very well narrated and was paced well and an interesting story.

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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 03-24-15
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    "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.

    1 of 2 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.

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    serialnumber55 02-16-13

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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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    Sharon Tucson, AZ, United States 01-06-13
    Sharon Tucson, AZ, United States 01-06-13
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    "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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    Gary Seeley Lake, MT, USA 07-02-07
    Gary Seeley Lake, MT, USA 07-02-07
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    "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.

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