The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker audiobook

The Age of Miracles: A Novel

By Karen Thompson Walker
Read by Emily Janice Card

Random House Audio
9.05 Hours Unabridged
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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 From the Hardcover edition.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2013 Audie Award for Science Fiction

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Finalist for the 2012 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction

One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction

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

Selected for the July 2012 Indie Next List

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


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Marianne 9/13/2017
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A Haunting, Subtle Novel

Though doomsday fiction is so often marked by its drama, The Age of Miracles, in comparison, is defined by its subtleties. The death of magnolia trees, the beaching of whales, the mysterious, debilitating gravity sickness—these are the events of a world whose rotation has gradually begun to slow. What I loved about this novel was all-too real tone it set and the slow, building dread as the characters’ lives become unchangeably altered. The story is haunting and heartbreaking, but there are brief moments of beauty, particularly between the protagonist, fourteen-year-old Julia, and her friend Seth. These moments define the story and make it unforgettable.

If the story has one weakness, it's the protagonist herself. Though billed as an adult novel, her story can sometimes slip into angst-ridden, self-obsessed YA fiction. Ultimately, though, the scope of the author’s vision and the breezy, effortless narration by Emily Janice Card, more than make up for these shortcomings.

Author

Author Bio: Karen Thompson Walker

Author Bio: Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program and a recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship, as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. A former editor at Simon & Schuster, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. Born and raised in San Diego, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English