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Life as we Knew It

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Narrated By: Emily Bauer

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: September 2006

Duration: 9 hours 2 minutes

Summary:

When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon, they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments. But her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the earth's climate.

Everything else in Miranda's life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than ten dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely. But what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come.

Told in Miranda's diary entries, this is a heart-pounding account of her struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all, hope, in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.

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  • Cheryl F

    Read this book so I could keep up with my students' novel study. I thought I'd "force" myself to read it and ended up longing for the next time I could listen! Great story and highly recommend!

  • Araceli Urbieta

    Love it! I've read this book well over 10 times and still not tired of it.

  • Jennifer Kiper

    I love this website. I use it for reading novels in my classroom. The narrator of this book is fantastic. She is engaging and realistic enough to the protagonist of the story to make it seem like you hear Miranda herself, speaking. The book itself has a good plot line, but does tend to drag on in parts. The author uses a lot of " I said" , "matt said" etc. And gets very repetitive. She definitely needed to vary her use of "said" a lot more. I definitely recommend this recording- it is very well done.

  • Nancy R

    If I can't wait to find an opportunity to pick up or resume listening to a book, I know I'm lucky enough to have stumbled on a good one. This is definitely one of the good ones! The narrator is 15-year-old Miranda, a teenager interested in teenage things: friends, boyfriends, skating, school. An asteroid hits the moon, knocks it out of orbit, and the result is earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, and the end of life as we know it on earth. Miranda and her little family hunker down and start the business of survival. The truth is, nothing much in the way of plot happens in the book. It's written as entries in Miranda's journal, so it's sort of an apocalyptic Anne Frank. Miranda gradually grows from self-absorbed kid to valiant young woman as her family faces deprivation, illness, death, and uncertainty. I also have to commend the narrator, who captures the voice of a young girl perfectly, hinting at her emotions without over-doing it.