In a Perfect World

  • by Laura Kasischke
  • Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers
  • 8 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends....
It was a fairy tale come true when Mark Dorn - handsome pilot, widower, tragic father of three - chose Jiselle to be his wife. The other flight attendants were jealous: She could quit now, leaving behind the million daily irritations of the job. (Since the outbreak of the Phoenix flu, passengers had become even more difficult and nervous, and a life of constant travel had grown harder.) She could move into Mark Dorn's precious log cabin and help him raise his three beautiful children. But fairy tales aren't like marriage. Or motherhood.
With Mark almost always gone, Jiselle finds herself alone, and lonely. She suspects that Mark's daughters hate her. And the Phoenix flu, which Jiselle had thought of as a passing hysteria (when she had thought of it at all), turns out that the Phoenix flu will change everything for Jiselle, for her new family, and for the life she thought she had chosen.


What the Critics Say

"Kasischke's penchant for disconcerting but absorbing fiction is on display, as is her facility with language. Startling, sometimes violent images combine with strikingly dispassionate narration to create a fictional world where terror, beauty and chaos walk hand in hand." (Publishers Weekly)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A dull, droning, factually flawed bore.

The narrator enunciates her words so precisely that she makes a one syllable word into three syllables and causes the reading to be twice as long as it would be if someone had read it in a manner that did not make the listener feel like a hearing impaired senior. The characters are not developed so we could not care less what happens to them and in all cases do not find out. The premise and facts are plain ridiculous. In an apocolypse they do not even group together with the town or nor are given any instructions by government to handle things. They merely sit at home and bake bread and stoke the fire? They run out of writing paper and consider writing on the walls before the bank in town even closes up? A six year old is teaching chess or designing a grilling tripod and coming up with a recipe for mint toothpaste? COME ON!
Read full review

- criticalbuyer

I was promised an apocalypse novel!

A saintly stepmother begins caring for her husband's 3 rotten teenager children right before a slow apocalypse begins. Her one-dimensional, Mother-Theresa-like good nature lasts and lasts for the entire book, despite having a nasty crone mother, her neighbor's wife being a cheating slut, and her new husband basically abandoning her with his 3 spoiled children to raise.

The apocalypse details that I read for were not there until maybe the last 1/10th of this novel, and it was in no way worth reading through the rest of this unrealistic tale of the Mother Theresa of the Apocalypse who never did one selfish thing ever in her whole life to get to them.
Read full review

- Rebecca

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-15-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios