The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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.

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

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9780307970695
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Card, Emily Janice


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PimaLib_JenM Jun 25, 2016

This one has been recommended by other PCPL audiobook aficionados for a reason. The story has an interesting and thought-provoking premise - what if the earth started rotating slower and slower over time? You might expect an Armageddon-movie-like response, all panic and mayhem, but that's not what is presented here. Instead, you see the slowing through the eyes of a young girl. A girl who has the usual social pains at school, a crush on a boy, and a home life that has ups and downs. It's a more quiet book than I expected, with the events unfolding rather than crashing toward you like in other end-of-the-world narratives. I also loved the narrator's voice which makes it a great listen.

librarylizzard Jul 18, 2015

A wonderful (if disturbing) summer read, this story chronicles the effects of one of the biggest environmental disasters of all time - the gradual slowing of the earth's rotation. What begins as just a few extra minutes in the day turns into seemingly endless spans of blistering light and bone-chilling darkness. Normalcy fades as people attempt to cope with the changes, and the teenage narrator struggles with her adolescence on top of it all. A mild dystopian scenario that bridges the genres of sci-fi, YA, and drama.

Feb 05, 2014

We count on the times of the sun's rising and setting and the length of our days. But what if those constants suddenly changed? Through the eyes of one young girl, The Age of Miracles explores how the world, our lives and our relationships might be catastrophically altered. As the Earth's rotation slows, Julia is about to turn 12, and must navigate not only this unprecedented world change, but also the concerns that plague pre-teens in the most normal of times. The author does a superb job of meshing the ordinary and the extraordinary in a moving and thought-provoking tale.

samdog123 Nov 13, 2013

This is a wonderful book, I can't say enough good things about it. The author captures the experiences through the eyes of a child so very, very well. When the earth's rotation slows, people must adapt to the increases of darkness and light. Through it all the main character, Julia, grows and learns much about life, people and the world around her. The reader on the cd is excellent. Recommended for middle schoolers right up to adults.

mxholmes Sep 22, 2013

I returned this audiotape weeks ago.

Jul 12, 2013

When this book came out last summer, I felt like the general reaction was "Ohmigosh, there's, like, a time warp in this book and it's totally cooooool.” I skipped right past it on the shelves, and SHAME ON ME. The Age of Miracles is like a haiku, deceptively simple and profound in how the story unfolds. Walker writes without many quirks or tricks, adopting a speculative premise to explore the basic human experiences of loss, disillusionment, and coming of age, all while dropping poetry and wisdom into your brain. I cried at the end, and books do not make me cry (unless they’re by Rob Sheffield). Emily Janice Card narrated this one brilliantly, absolutely nailing the tone of wide-eyed teenage Julia -- and her snarky friend Michaela, too. I think this is my favorite audio performance of any novel, ever.

Jun 19, 2013

disappointed. narrated with comments about that was the last time... I never saw ___ again. Doesn't really present an ending, just did a quick summary with the Earth is starving. The End.

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Feb 10, 2014

jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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