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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,141 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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