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Audiobook Review

Life As We Knew It

Last Survivors, #1
Susan Beth Pfeffer
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average rating is 4 out of 5
average rating is 4 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Sweet Coming of Age Apocalypse


🧡 This is a YA-type apocalypse, and sometimes it feels young. This is to the apocalypse genre what Harry Potter is to fantasy. It has dark moments and people do die, but there’s nothing graphic or scary. But mostly it’s an endearing tale of a family’s experience of a drastic natural event and its immense consequences. So basically, a family listen.

💚 There’s a real sense of the upturning of everyday life, which was strangely comforting at the time I read it in 2020. I mean, I’m not sure what would actually happen if the moon was knocked out of kilter, but this seemed very realistic, dramatic and ultimately, fascinating. There’s so much I hadn’t considered would be affected.

💜 My only major critique is that the writing is clunky at times. I’m putting it as a spoiler not because it will ruin any plot points, but as you might not notice it. But once you know, you KNOW. And then it’s irritating.


🎧 For a world-ending scenario, i found this exceptionally soothing to listen to. And that’s thanks in large part to Emily Bauer’s sweet performance. BUT a note of warning. I’ve read other reviews where people hated the narration so listen to a sample beforehand.


There’s a major overuse of “he said” and “she said”. It’s really distracting. But hey, I enjoyed the story in spite of this.
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Life As We Knew It


Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the Moon closer to the Earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun?

As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all, hope, in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
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