Life as We Knew It

Version: Unabridged
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Narrator: Emily Bauer
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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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.

Reviews (5)

Written by H Evans on December 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book

Written by Cheryl F on May 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Read this book so I could keep up with my students' novel study. I thought I'd "force" myself to read it and ended up longing for the next time I could listen! Great story and highly recommend!

Life as we Knew It [unabridged audiobook]

Written by Araceli Urbieta on January 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love it! I\'ve read this book well over 10 times and still not tired of it.

Written by Jennifer Kiper on December 17th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love this website. I use it for reading novels in my classroom. The narrator of this book is fantastic. She is engaging and realistic enough to the protagonist of the story to make it seem like you hear Miranda herself, speaking. The book itself has a good plot line, but does tend to drag on in parts. The author uses a lot of " I said" , "matt said" etc. And gets very repetitive. She definitely needed to vary her use of "said" a lot more. I definitely recommend this recording- it is very well done.

Diary of the End of the World

Written by Nancy R from Syracuse, NY on April 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If I can't wait to find an opportunity to pick up or resume listening to a book, I know I'm lucky enough to have stumbled on a good one. This is definitely one of the good ones! The narrator is 15-year-old Miranda, a teenager interested in teenage things: friends, boyfriends, skating, school. An asteroid hits the moon, knocks it out of orbit, and the result is earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, and the end of life as we know it on earth. Miranda and her little family hunker down and start the business of survival. The truth is, nothing much in the way of plot happens in the book. It's written as entries in Miranda's journal, so it's sort of an apocalyptic Anne Frank. Miranda gradually grows from self-absorbed kid to valiant young woman as her family faces deprivation, illness, death, and uncertainty. I also have to commend the narrator, who captures the voice of a young girl perfectly, hinting at her emotions without over-doing it.

Author Details

Author Details

Pfeffer, Susan Beth

SUSAN BETH PFEFFER is the author of many books for teens, including "Life As We Knew It, The Dead and The Gone, "and the bestselling novel "The Year Without Michael". She lives in Middletown, New