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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Thompson Walker Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world. "It still amazes me how little we really knew... Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It's possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much."

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life - the fissures in her parents marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, with impressive fluency and flair.”

    New York Times

  • “If you begin this book, you’ll be loath to set it down until you’ve reached its end.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Gripping drama…Flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.”

    Denver Post

  • “A triumph of vision, language, and terrifying momentum, the story also feels eerily plausible, as if the problems we’ve been worrying about all along pale in comparison to what might actually bring our end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beautifully written and with great appeal for both teens and adults, this combination of an end-of-the-world story line with coming-of-age fiction equals a tour de force.”

    Library Journal

  • “Riveting, heartbreaking, profoundly moving.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Finalist for the 2012 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • Selected for the July 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 People Magazine Best Book
  • A 2012 Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Booklist Best Book
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2013 Audie Award for Science Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisa | 2/20/2014

    " A genre I don't usually go for but so imaginative and intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvonne | 2/16/2014

    " Overall enjoyable read. The details are imaginative and the characters engaging. I would like a more uplifting ending that matches the name of the book but this is probably more realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mortira | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed The Age of Miracles. I loved the story, and its concept: world disaster seen through the lens of adolescence. I found the writing a bit cloying, all similes and pretty phrases, but it did seem to match the slow and sleepy way the story unfolded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keren Fortier | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this creative (some might say too much so) backdrop for this coming of age tale. The erieness worked for me. "

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