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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780739336847
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 5 mobrien | 1/4/2017

    " A story set out in a diary fashion of a young woman's struggles with her family after an asteroid hits the moon. The story is quite slow moving with very little story progression or character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/2/2014

    " Life as we Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer is about a girl named Miranda and her family. They try to make it through catastrophes caused by the an asteroid hitting the moon and making it come closer to earth. They survive world wide tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and much more. I personally, did not like this book very much. One reason is because it is a diary, and because of that it says every think that happened to her in the entire day. For example, it says what she had for breakfast if she had it, lunch if she had it, and dinner, every single day. I also thought the ending did not answer very many questions, but i guess that is what the other books are for. I recommend this book to anyone who likes diary books, or apocalyptic books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carla Hanson | 1/26/2014

    " I only got through the 3rd chapter. I am good at suspending my disbelief but this was too much. The science concerning the moon, and there should be some science, was off, way off. After taking my concerns to my science geek daughter, she has the geology degree, I just couldn't keep reading. There are so many things this author could have done to make the 'event' more plausible. Moving on... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/26/2014

    " This book is written for teens. It was a bit hard to sit and listen through the teeny bopper parts, especially at the begining. This would be a good book to try and make teens aware of some of the problems associated with a collapse of our infrastructure. It did have a happy ending . . . well, as happy as could be expected. The story was too predictable. But it was written for kids... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Ward | 1/26/2014

    " I read it becasue so many of my students were reading it, it was written in a journal format, an interesting concept - what woould happen if a huge asteroid hit the moon, what woud happen to us. It was alittle sad and not very well developed in places, but not too bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 7nikolas | 1/15/2014

    " Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is about a girl named Amanda in a somewhat post apocalyptic earth where the moon has became increasingly close to the earth. The story is told through the use of Amanda's journal, in her journal she gives an insight on how difficult it would be to live a normal life in her situation. Throughout the story you learn about her struggles and how the rest of her family deal with them. I enjoyed this book and i thought that the use of her journal to tell the story was beneficial. I would recommend this book to someone who was looking for a good science fiction book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cattyme | 1/14/2014

    " I loved it. It was just lying there for the whole summer and I decided to pick it up and read it. I don't regret that decision. The story feels so real. Every time I looked up, I expected my mom to come and ask me to go cut some wood or tell me that we were running outta food.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara St | 1/11/2014

    " Great book! Makes you feel like you are really there! Was on the edge a lot if the time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/5/2014

    " Really great she is by far my favorite author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/3/2014

    " Really excellent book. The dystopian future theme is really interested, especially how they encourage you to watch the slide into a different type of life. I really enjoyed reading this - I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe | 12/15/2013

    " This book gave me the chills. It's totally realistic, and the events that happen make you pray that the moon never gets close to earth. Really great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/5/2013

    " I loved the perspective of this book. I loved Miranda and my heart broke for her and at times shecould make me laugh. This book is thought provoking, heart breaking and emotional. Well written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Booboofever | 11/17/2013

    " I thought this book was okay. My teacher really likes this book though. I thought it was pretty slow, and I realized I don't really like books like that... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy L. Campbell | 9/26/2013

    " If you're thinking of reading this anyway, DO NOT get the audiobook. The narrator used that "I'm happy about everything" tone of voice even when it was least appropriate. Because apparently teenage girls don't know how to modulate their voices for other kinds of emotions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Schooler | 8/15/2013

    " This young adult novel was quite wonderful....too bad the subsequent novels did not live up to the promise of the first book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle McComb | 8/14/2013

    " I feel the need to stock the pantry now. :) Good book, but I doubt I'll get much sleep tonight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rylan | 6/29/2013

    " This book was okay. It made me think a lot though about what I would do in some of these situations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mlb | 4/26/2013

    " A little strange a parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skyra Blanchard | 2/1/2013

    " I did like this story. It did feel real and I could see this, or something like it, happening. I also enjoyed Miranda's relationship with her family--very true-to-life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/21/2013

    " This book made me want to run out and triple my food storage! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephy-jay | 11/12/2012

    " I was attracted to this book by my interest in real scenario's that could change the face of this world! This book did not disappoint! The story was truly gripping, The characters were so easy to like, never have I wished so much that certain characters could survive! A must read for anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/27/2011

    " Loved this book. It's one of the best ones I've read in awhile. Looking forward to the next two in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/23/2011

    " The ending got me mad but I was glad when I found out there was not one but two more books after this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/19/2011

    " Let's just say that this book scared me enough to buy some more food storage, and every time there is a natural disaster, I think about this book. Frightening! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 5/18/2011

    " ITS AWESOME ITS SO GOOD I RECOMEND IT TO EVERYONE ITS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/16/2011

    " Not bad. I didn't realize when I read it that it was part of a series. I will go ahead and read the rest of the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/15/2011

    " I am looking at 'provident living' in a different way now. What if there was a world-wide disaster and there would be no expectation of returning to "normal"? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 5/15/2011

    " This book was ok. I thought it went on and on with no point to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skyler | 5/15/2011

    " One of the best books I have ever read....


    Very intence want to read the next 2... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 5/14/2011

    " Interesting and was hard to put down. The apocolyptic events and family struggles and emotions made me really appreciate what I have and to always stay by your family. Great read for someone who likes end of the world type books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/11/2011

    " It was extremely good. I like the third person view. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Beth Pfeffer

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s first two apocalyptic novels, Life As We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone, received numerous awards and were widely praised by reviewers as action-packed, thrilling, and utterly terrifying. Both novels are also available on audio from Listening Library. In This World We Live In, the main characters from each of the previous audiobooks—Miranda Evans and Alex Morales—come together in a world where courage and faith blend seamlessly in the struggle to survive mass devastation.

About the Narrator

Emily Bauer is an accomplished actor and voice-over artist who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Her film credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Long Distance and her theater credits include the thirty-fifth anniversary production of Hair and Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America.