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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: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307970701
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
People ∙ O: The Oprah Magazine ∙ Financial Times ∙ Kansas City Star ∙ BookPage ∙ Kirkus Reviews ∙ Publishers Weekly ∙ Booklist


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.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“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.

Praise for The Age of Miracles
 
“A stunner.”—Justin Cronin
 
“A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, with impressive fluency and flair.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“Gripping drama . . . flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.”—The Denver Post
 
“If you begin this book, you’ll be loath to set it down until you’ve reached its end.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Provides solace with its wisdom, compassion, and elegance.”—Curtis Sittenfeld


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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 2/3/2014

    " Enjoyed the author's way of telling a coming of age story. Liked the science-fiction undertone. Wished the book expanded on this theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Pucci | 2/1/2014

    " This was a scarily realistic doomsday story about "the slowing." The lives of the young protagonist and her family, friends and neighbors are sent into turmoil when it is discoverd that the rotation of the earth is gradually slowing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shea | 1/31/2014

    " Easy YA book to read. Kept me very engaged bc I wanted to find out what would happen next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Schoenfeld | 1/24/2014

    " This book was described as a "gripping drama". I found it both unsettling and fascinating. Even though it's fictional, there is enough future realism included that at almost every page I found myself asking, "What if...?" I came to care about Julia and Seth as if they were former students of mine that I wanted to protect. A gripping drama, indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Lugo | 1/19/2014

    " Well written, frequently disturbing story about the nearing end of our world. At time provoking, I found this to be one of those stories that I wanted to love, but ultimately did not. Maybe it was my mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Pulford | 1/13/2014

    " Reminded me so much of a Twilight Zone episode I watched (and was traumatized by!) as a child. :-) Loved the originality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolina Petersheim | 1/4/2014

    " This book still makes me think, yet it is so beautifully rendered that I do not feel like it is a process, but a journey similar to what the main character is on. And, honestly, I sure stare at the sunset a bit more closely--watching for the "slowing". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline Paulsen | 12/23/2013

    " Not very good. This is the author's 1st novel. Hopefully she will improve. "

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

    " After a week of finishing this wonderful yet unsettling book, I still find myself thinking about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlamtaylor | 11/22/2013

    " This book was very entertaining and totally made me think about life, in a paranoid way, haha. But still a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikee Huntington | 11/14/2013

    " Boring. The story drags and it's not that exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mildred | 10/14/2013

    " I loved it. Characters were great and I didn't know what to expect. It wasn't like alot of the post-apocalyptic books....since it took you through the apocalypse throughout the book. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colette Riley | 8/19/2013

    " I don't know why I didn't like this book but I guess to each their own. It was depressing the entire time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 6/16/2013

    " It's not a literary masterpiece, but it's the best/most accessible science fiction book I've read in a long time, possibly ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whereismyrobot Purdin | 4/3/2013

    " Walker is amazing at blended the Sci-Fi elements with the emotional turmoil and changing social landscape of a twelve-year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reneasy | 3/14/2013

    " Holy. Crap. Such a great read! If you want a good freak put, start it during daylight savings time like I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 2/22/2013

    " 4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this book. It's a coming of age story set against the backdrop of a fictional cataclysm - the Earth's rotation suddenly and inexplicably starts slowing down. Well written and well paced. Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich Wendt | 12/16/2012

    " A truly fine novel, in voice, tone, and structure. Hard to believe it's a first novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Levin | 10/17/2012

    " I can't believe my book club friends are complaining about this pick. I love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 9/8/2012

    " Liked the futuristic idea, but the plot of the girl was a little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Traverso | 7/27/2012

    " This was a really depressing book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/25/2012

    " This was a fascinating and amazing concept, but too much "telling" rather than "showing" and the ending didn't feel complete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Rosenberg | 6/29/2012

    " Seems like it borders on a coming of age young adult book. Missing some of the science that it really needs so you are forced to suspend disbelief and just focus on the coming of age story that opposes the "is earth ending" story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwynne | 5/30/2012

    " Crystalline and minimalist prose. The plotting suggested a big mystery would be revealed by the novel's end. That was not the case, so if you find yourself turning the pages for the grand finale, you might be a bit disappointed when you finish. "

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About the Author
KAREN THOMPSON WALKER holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and is an editor of fiction and non-fiction at Simon & Schuster. The Age of Miracles is her first book.
About the Narrator

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie® and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall.