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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Currie, Jr. Ron Currie Narrator: Abby Craden, Mark Deakins, Lincoln Hoppe, Hillary Huber, Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781101079355
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In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in thirty-six years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: “Does anything I do matter?”

While the voice that has accompanied him since conception appraises his choices, Junior’s loved ones emerge with parallel stories—his anxious mother; his brother, a cocaine addict turned pro-baseball phenomenon; his exalted father, whose own mortality summons Junior’s best and worst instincts; and Amy, the love of Junior’s life and a North Star to his journey through romance and heartbreak, drug-addled despair, and superheroic feats that could save humanity.

While our recognizable world is transformed into a bizarre nation at endgame, where government agents conspire in subterranean bunkers, preparing citizens for emigration from a doomed planet, Junior’s final triumph confounds all expectation, building to an astonishing and deeply moving resolution.

Ron Currie, Jr., gets to the heart of character, and the voices who narrate this uniquely American tour de force leave an indelible, exhilarating impression.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Currie is a startlingly talented writer whose book will pay no heed to ordinary narrative conventions…He survives the inevitable, apt comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice of his own…Throughout the story there is the sheer delight of Mr. Currie’s fresh, joltingly funny imagery…Above all Everything Matters! radiates writerly confidence. The excitement that drives the reader from page to page is not about the characters. It’s about seeing what Mr. Currie will try next.”

    New York Times

  • “Like Kurt Vonnegut, Currie understands that…humor is a more powerful salt than screed.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2010 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rawa | 2/18/2014

    " I checked out this book from the library, intrigued by the description, and further interested by the thirty pages I was able to read before I left. I had high hopes for this novel, as it had an interesting premise - a man knowing the precise moment the world is going to end - but it fell short and disappointed me. It lagged, and I found myself avoiding actually sitting down to finish reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandifer | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent read. A difficult life to watch and not everybody will like the end, but the book was unputdownable. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent book that started a bit slow but then picked up quickly once the development of the characters becomes more substantial. The book would have been perfect if not for the strange path the author takes about half way through. He does a fantastic job of focusing on the real characters and real problems in the novel despite the science-fiction-like impending doomsday, but then the tone changes dramatically to seem like some quickly produced 24 ripoff. Luckily the secret agents and government conspiracies end quickly, and the novel returns to the real characters that you enjoyed previously. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roxy | 2/5/2014

    " As much as I wanted to read this and even gave it a try twice, I just couldn't get past the first few pages both times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy Hawkins | 1/29/2014

    " Wow. Just... Wow. Read quicker and quicker, and with awe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 1/20/2014

    " I wasn't so excited about it at the beginning but it just kept getting better and better. And the ending is fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/16/2014

    " After I finished this book I was thinking about it for days. It stays with you and forces you to ask yourself about your life and what's important to you. Currie's writing is vivid and his characters are complex. Probably the best book I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 12/24/2013

    " Meh. That's all I got. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina Drozenski | 7/21/2013

    " This book goes on my shelf as one of my favorite books I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Price | 6/24/2012

    " Favorite Book of all time. Hands down. Dark and powerful and very interestingly written. A good mix of sci-fi, fate, love, life, adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 5/3/2012

    " This was really great--it's a fascinating premise, with interesting, engaging characters. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianna | 4/28/2012

    " to say i "read" this is a bit deceiving as about halfway through i got bored and began to skip ahead, reading a sentence or two from every chapter to get a general idea of what happened, and then reading the last page. the description of the book sounded really good, but the book itself was tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Ferguson | 3/21/2012

    " K this is a good book for anyone with a dysfunctional upbringing. You think YOUR life was screwed up? Reading it was like watching a train wreck, almost painful to watch/read but very compelling. I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/11/2010

    " This was really interesting and I wished I could have read it all but it had too much drug stuff and too many F words. I skipped to the end and liked what I did read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Schepps | 5/24/2010

    " Great. From the first page you're sucked in. I sped through this book, wanting to simultaneously read every word and skip ahead so I could see what would happen next. The way Currie tells the story is brilliant. "

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About the Author

Ron Currie Jr. is a native of Waterville, Maine, and his fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Sun, Other Voices, and Night Train. His stories have won prizes in The World’s Best Short Story competition and have been shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story award and Swink magazine’s Emerging Writer Award.

About the Narrators

Abby Craden has been a professional actress and voice artist for over sixteen years and can be heard in numerous television and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. She has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.