Hey Nostradamus!

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: July 2003

Duration: 6 hours 54 minutes


In 1988, a catastrophic episode of teen violence shatters a suburban community. Hey Nostradamus follows the aftermath in various voices across two decades: the teenage victims whose ordinary preoccupations with sex and spirituality will never evolve past that moment; the parents whose exposure to their children's underground world threatens their deepest convictions; and those who come to know the survivors only later in life, unable to fully realize what really transpired. Hey Nostradamus wrestles with religion and nihilism, sorrow and acceptance. It will take you to a place you didn't know existed.


  • mp

    Was this a true story? If it was, I wish for the parties involved that they had better chronicled their troubles and trials of survivors guilt and aftermath. I suspect this was not a true story. I thought it was poorly written. I thought it lacked a storyline, motivation, and drive. I kept thinking there would be a conclusion to the quasi-storyline that was in place, but the author just kept supplying details, and lacked substance. For me, it was not a winner.

  • Anonymous

    Liked it so much, I bought my own copy. Warning: You have to be able to live without a pretty ending all tied up in a nice bow.

  • Anonymous

    Anybook that manages to get zygote into it has to be a good one! Seriously though, this book is a good read. The author has a bunch of good one liners.

  • Anonymous

    All this book is about people complaining and feeling sorry for themselves. If you want to hear 5 people complaing then this is your book. The voices are good though.

  • Anonymous

    I found this book very compelling - it had Coupland's dry view of the world, but it seems as though he is growing up. The main characters were so interesting, we really got to know them and (almost) understand them. The story was a complex inter-twining of weird family dynamics, faith and pop culture that worked for me. I was incredibly moved at the very end -- but the rest of the book was funny enough to not pull a cheap shot on my emotions. I discussed this with a friend and I liked it much better than she did -- I think I was just in the right frame of mind for it.

  • Lucy

    Wow! Fell upon this selection by chance, and am I glad I did! Compelling story from the point of view of the victims of a school massacre, reminiscent of Columbine, and of some of the loved ones left behind. Deeply psychological and religious, where is God in all this? Nowhere, now here. Beautifully read by the narrators in the 4 voices of the main characters. Anything else from this unusual author?

  • Anonymous

    This book was a real find....I'm astounded that it is not better known. Authentic, well-written, and thought provoking, it is a veritable "diamond in the rough." I am a high school counselor, and can verify that the author has certainly captured the teen age thought process....

Hey Nostradamus!

by Douglas Coupland

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