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Summary

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 17-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.

©2008 Susan Beth Pfeffer (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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  • steve
  • 06-09-13

A pretty good book

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The narrator was acceptable. The story was pretty good, however grew a little tired of the excess Catholicism. Perhaps the author felt this was needed to build the main characters. The actions of the characters left that hollow if this was the case.

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  • Sami
  • 05-06-18

Missing gaps but amazing job reading and heartfelt

Loved the story and how well the author got you attached to characters. Amazing job reading felt like I was watching a movie in my mind. Had a few gaps that drove me nuts but good overall

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  • Olga B.
  • 02-01-18

Not the brightest kids.

They are the only ones left in the whole appartment building, and they nearly starve to death, when there are dozens abandoned apartments possibly full of food right there. Ok, they have metal doors, but windows are glass, walls are drywall (most likely)! Were there balconies to climb over possibly? C'mon!
Also, the city is full of chunky rats feeding on all the corpses, but no one even considers catching them for a hearty stew. Ew, they literally would rather die. I mean if it's life or death situation, rat stew sounds pretty damn good!
Electricity is super unreliable - let's risk and take the elevator! What?! Bri doesn't come back - they don't think to check the elevator, find her there dead few days later. After grieving over her and settling her dead body to rest, they TAKE THE ELEVATOR back up! Are you kidding me? Didn't you learn?
And the lack of trouble in NYC was hard to believe. It's not the safest place on a good day, but in time of apocolypsis - there is barely any, main character faces no shooting, no looting, no fights. Mighty peaceful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-17

Great series!

I readily enjoy apocalyptic novels. Scary to think of how these things can really happen, but interesting!

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  • Lulu
  • 22-05-17

another great book

excellent a little turned off by reader, voice too deep for 17 year old boy

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  • Riche Bronson
  • 19-10-16

This must be a setup for a future book..?

Boring and drags horribly in places (pointing directly at the 4-5 day hallucination scene- omg).
Could have told the entire story in a chapter or less.
Excessive religious theme was very annoying.
Combing those last two things I can only guess that it's a character set up for a future book (in which the almost agnostic Miranda meets the very Catholic, Alex?).
Characters are shallow. I didn't feel any emotions for them where I should have. Again hoping that will change later.
Standing alone- it wouldn't.
Narrator did a fine job, imo. You can't blame him for the story, and since it was told from a male perspective, and considering the topic of the series, he was a good fit. Very deep voice. It worked for me.
Like I said, I think the whole thing was written to give a little backstory on the main character Alex. So, read it for the series.. or google it (where I'm certain you'd get as much necessary information, in a lot less time) and save that precious credit. Haha.
Don't expect to be enthralled. You'll find yourself daydreaming, and not missing much.

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  • Tara
  • 11-10-16

sad but good

I read the book before listening to it. but I got more out of it.

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  • Ana M Heerbst
  • 20-04-16

Not as good as the 1st book

I like the overall story line of this book series and its concepts. That being said, this book wasn't was exciting as the 1st book, and I'm sorry to say it the narrator was boring.
I would still highly recommend this book series though :)

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  • Keri G. Griffith
  • 11-12-15

Horrible narrati N

What would have made The Dead and the Gone better?

This guy's voice was driving me crazy. Really distracted from the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Beth Pfeffer again?

Probably not. All of the dialogue...he SAID, she SAID. Blech

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robertson Dean?

Anyone would be better.

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  • Kate
  • 16-04-12

Powerful and Thought Provoking

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead and the Gone to be better than the print version?

I loved this book and I am working on getting it into my curriculum at my school

What other book might you compare The Dead and the Gone to and why?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Others in the series (Life as we Knew it)
The House of the Scorpion
Hunger Games

These are all books about a potential and dark future (different types of dystopian futures)

Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He was great

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Wow, I can't think of a good one, but it is a great book and I think that the movie would be very powerful

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