Written By: Judy Blume

Narrated By: Kathleen McInerney

Date: June 2015

Duration: 14 hours 5 minutes


In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.

Early reviewers have already weighed in: “Like many family stories, this one is not without its life-changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting—the early 1950s—is especially well realized through period references and incidents.” —Booklist (starred review) and “In Blume’s latest adult novel . . . young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming and always deeply human.” —Publishers Weekly


  • Heather C.

    I enjoyed this book very much. True Judy Blume and the narration was quite good.

  • Karmen Palmer

    I rather enjoyed this book, and remained engaged throughout the story.

  • Willo Balfrey

    It was hard to keep track of who the people were as more kept being added. I felt it was more for a teen but kept listening as I thought it might progress into their adulthood halfway through the book rather than the end.

  • susan kliesen

    Interesting book premise. So many characters you have to make sure you're paying close attention. The narrator did a great job with the voices to help keep things clear

  • patricia vitale

    I know that Judy Blume usually writes for young readers ( teens ). I think she should continue to do so. This book would have been better suited for a young reader. As an adult I found it to be lacking ing content suited for adults. I think ms Blume used some four letter words

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