• The Measure

  • A Novel
  • By: Nikki Erlick
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (708 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Perfect for book clubs."Marie Claire 

The Midnight Library meets The Immortalists in this spirit-lifting, high-concept blockbuster debut.

Would you choose to know how long you’ll live?

It seems like any other day. You wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and head out. 

But today, when you open your front door, waiting for you is a small wooden box. This box holds your fate inside: the answer to the exact number of years you will live. 

From suburban doorsteps to desert tents, every person on every continent receives the same box. In an instant, the world is thrust into a collective frenzy. Where did these boxes come from? What do they mean? Is there truth to what they promise?

As society comes together and pulls apart, everyone faces the same shocking choice: Do they wish to know how long they’ll live? And, if so, what will they do with that knowledge?

The Measure charts the dawn of this new world through an unforgettable cast of characters whose decisions and fates interweave with one another: best friends whose dreams are forever entwined, pen pals finding refuge in the unknown, a couple who thought they didn’t have to rush, a doctor who cannot save himself, and a politician whose box becomes the powder keg that ultimately changes everything.

Enchanting and deeply uplifting, The Measure is a sweeping, ambitious, invigorating story about family, friendship, hope, and destiny that encourages us to live life to the fullest.

©2022 Nikki Erlick (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Definite Top Choice for 2022

Sooo good!! Excellent narration and so much to think about. Perfect for bookclub!! Highly recommended

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An interesting story but feels like an allegory

It’s enjoyable and the performance is good. But all I can think of hearing the whole story is the strings are just an allegory for COVID-19. Arriving around the world in mid March of an election year and no one knows what to do. Makes people re-examine their lives and how they live. Maybe short strings being people at high risk for Covid and long ones people less likely to be really sick? Not sure there but really it feels like a Covid inspired tale. It’s interesting but very familiar with what everyone has been through the past few years.

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In love!

This book is amazing. I’m hoping for another from this talented writer. You have to hear this. Live like your string is short …🥰

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liked it

I liked the book, didn't love. It kinda dragged in some places. I didn't like the amount of politics in it. I do like the back fourth between characters.

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Awesome book & narration

I loved this book, it was great! Very interesting plot. Julia Whelan makes every audiobook better.

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Must Read

How appropriate is this book in the times we are living in. I see this being taught in high schools everywhere.

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Not sci-fi or dystopian but so good!

I expected something different based on the description. Once I settled into the rhythm of the story, I really enjoyed it. It is thought provoking and I understand why so many recommend as a book club read- I’m waiting on a friend to finish and excited to discuss. I was easily able to follow all of the characters which can be difficult for me with audiobooks. That speaks to the author’s skill in character development and my favorite narrator doing an excellent job as she always does.

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Interesting premise

This is the 2nd book I've listened to recently that had an interesting idea but just didn't engage me. It was fairly readable, but too melodramatic. That is, when the author was pushing me to feel moved, I wasn't. Also, note that in the table of contents the subtitle "several years later" was in some cases a couple decades later.
I'm sure many people will love this & it will become a bestseller. This is one reason I always look at the Audible reviews.

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Interesting premise, lacks anything else.

The idea of receiving a string showing the length of your life is interesting, but the author just used it as a fictional issue that plays out like any other divisive issue in todays world. There was nothing thought provoking and the characters were stereotypical of different subcultures. There wasn’t anything wrong with the writing style or flow of the story, just very lacking.

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Too political

If I had known this was going to turn political, I would have skipped it. Narrator was excellent.

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