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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Last Survivors Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739363690
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Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated listeners with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 2/16/2014

    " Great series, read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 2/15/2014

    " I like that there is hope at the end of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 2/8/2014

    " I finished reading this book some six weeks ago, and it still haunts me daily. The premise of this book (an asteroid hits the Moon and knocks it closer to the earth) might be unlikely scientifically. But if this event really happened, I think the aftermath depicted by Ms. Pfeffer is totally believable. Seventeen year old Alex Morales, living in upper Manhattan in an apartment building where is father is the super, is left responsible for himself and his two younger sisters after his parents do not return home after the event, and must be presumed dead. Alex must make some very hard choices in a world where conditions are worsening daily. What sustains him and his sisters is the devout Catholic faith they were raised in, along with the help of one of Alex's classmates. The religious touch was one I don't find in many dystopian novels, and it added an extra dimension to this beautiful, and at times horrific, story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 2/4/2014

    " So I read this one last and that gave a few things away. I knew something would happen to the one sister. The thing I took from this book was even though people were fending for themselves, I was impressed with how much they were helping others as well. I hope to never live through something like this. Especially to have to watch my children suffer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Lim | 1/30/2014

    " Hmm...going downhill from the first book. Maybe because it's not as intense as the first installment, or maybe because I can't relate much with the main character, Alex. But I'm still excited to read the last book, when Alex and Miranda will finally meet =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/19/2014

    " I read this one before LAWKI, so this one had the scare factor at the beginning whereas I was more comfortable by the idea in LAWKI. To be honest, this book creeped the hell out of me. It's amazing how realistic Pfeffer can make things be. And to be honest I enjoyed this perspective much more than Miranda's. It's a brilliant apocalyptic read. There were times when I had to set it down in order to fully process what was going. At times I even felt as if I were going through the same thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 1/18/2014

    " It was a really good book. I kind of guested at the fact that the main character would leave New York but I never guessed how. I was also very supriced with the death of one of the main character's deaths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Gabridge | 1/1/2014

    " Liked the first book in the series a LOT more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 12/18/2013

    " Interesting read, but really depressing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 12/4/2013

    " Liked the story , just a little too much God in it for my taste ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aastha | 12/3/2013

    " Equal parts depressing and engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenn | 11/27/2013

    " I just got the book but so far I think its getting pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katlynbowman | 11/10/2013

    " i am half way through this book and i already love it. it is the second book of life as we knew it. this book is even better that the first. i cant wait to read the third one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 11/2/2013

    " Like this book just as much, if not more than, the first...hoping the characters come together with the first books characters in the third book....kinda like they did in The Giver series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/29/2013

    " I really, really liked the first one of this series. Although I did like this one, I didn't like it as much and couldn't connect with the main characters at all. I hope that the next one ties them together nicely! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 9/26/2013

    " Another excellent book. Took sometime to get to know the new characters but the world ending events held the similarities together. I look forward to book 3 and completing this great set of books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juan Tello | 4/11/2013

    " Worst book of the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 8/18/2012

    " I only finished it to see how it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 5/19/2012

    " This book is a lot better once I got farther into it... I really love it and I don't want to stop reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaleh | 4/6/2012

    " I like this series, if only to help me think of ways to better prepare my family for an emergency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 2/2/2012

    " I think this one is just a bit better than the first one. I really enjoyed reading about the same event from a totally different character's (and city's) perspective. Very anxious to read the third. "

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

    " Two and a half stars. Too similar to the first book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 5/19/2011

    " I only finished it to see how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/14/2011

    " After reading the first two books, I'm curious to see what hope is offered and if/how the characters from each book are brought together in the third. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanet | 5/13/2011

    " I think it was a great book because is’t about the moon falling to earth and it’s kind of sad at first because the children were alone because their parents disappear. Also because they figured out the ways to survive by themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C9G7 | 5/11/2011

    " Ever since I read this book, I started perparing for something like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 5/11/2011

    " These books are so sad, but oh so good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 YA Sweet Escape | 5/7/2011

    " I have to admit, as a fan of Life as We Knew It, I was very disappointed in this book. The story was somewhat engaging, but after a third of the way through, I wanted to stop reading. I don't think this should have been a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/5/2011

    " I didn't like it as much as the first one, but I did like the city version of things. It made it more realistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brianne | 5/3/2011

    " Didn't like the first one...didn't like this one either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shella | 5/1/2011

    " I think that this is a scary, dark book. When a disaster came to New York city, Alex Morales finds himself fighting to stay alive... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 4/29/2011

    " It was a really good book. I kind of guested at the fact that the main character would leave New York but I never guessed how. I was also very supriced with the death of one of the main character's deaths. "

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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

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.