When Adriana, a brilliant young archaeologist, accepts a position at the Museum of Archaeology in her hometown of Santander, Spain, she never imagines that her new boss has lived through the history she can only study. Iago, the charismatic technical director of the museum, is more than 10,000 years old but appears to be only 35. Iago and his family are longevos - people who never seem to age after reaching adulthood. The ancient family is divided: Iago's brother and sister seek the source of their longevity in hopes of creating more like themselves, while Iago and his father fear the repercussions of the true Fountain of Youth.
A dangerous game of power and knowledge that has played out over eons becomes even more complicated when Adriana attracts both brothers' attention - and learns their secret. Filled with science, history, and passion, The Immortal Collection transports the listener through time and space, from the days of cavemen, through the Roaring Twenties, to the charming plazas of contemporary Spain. Ancient history meets cutting-edge research in this modern love story and sweeping historical saga.
©2012 Eva García Sáenz. English translation © 2014 by Lilit Žekulin Thwaites. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I am a Wife, a Mum and a Grandma. I am also strong willed and wilfil at times. I have worked all my life and drempt for wining the lottery
This book was outstanding - and the story was like nothing I have read before. Will definately read again and again
Lago was my personal favourite and I could understand the way he held back. I enjoyed the way the relationship built with the main female character, Adriana. There was enough depth in the portrayal of the characters to provide interest.
I like the use of two narrators providing the voice for the main male and female characters. Good jobs well done
Not all the living history in a museum is on show.
I will watch for more books and there was opening story lines left for sequels.
Engaging, predictable, enjoyable
Jeff cummings was fine, but I think a softer voice was needed for the female narration. Angela Dawe seemed to be 'reading in capitals' , with the tonal ebb and flow all wrong!
it kept me interested!
"Wow, wow, wow...such a good read!"
Definitely would read many times.
All the characters are interesting, but of course Adriana and Iago are my fave.
Jeff and Angela bring the personalities of the characters to life that enjoy with the audio book that I wouldn't have if I just read the book and I so looking forward to the 2nd installment in this saga in audio form as well.
Probably Hector/Lur because he would have such a wealth of knowledge of human histories and experience more so than any of the other character, even Iago
Wow, wow, wow...such a good read. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story. Such rich characters and story. Well written both in structure and content. So glad I took the time to read this book. Can't wait for the 2nd installment of this story.
"Best Book I've Listened To In A While!"
I have to say that I was sooo pleasantly suprised by this book. The narration was excellent. Especially considering that it was translated from spanish and there was a lot of Spanish places that had to pronounced correctly.
A book about immortals that aren't vampires was also refreshing. You get a deep insight into the characters and their family connections.
For the romance junkies there's enough of that without it being porn.
So worth the money for this one.
I will still give an adult rating.
I have to admit I could not put it down it had me hooked right from the beginning and the ending OMG I hope it was not a cliffhanger because if it is they have to be another book that continues to explain
I normally love Angela Dawe because she has a lovely voice but her voice just seemed to make the book even more dry and uninteresting. I just noticed Jeff Cummings was the male voice. Another normally great narrator! There was just no saving this book.
"Could have been shorter"
Yes and no. The plot was interesting, as were the characters, but it just seemed to drag in places. Since this was an interpreted book I felt lost at times with all the foreign places and names. The history lesson was interesting, but again too long at times.
A lot of questions were left unanswered. It does end with a cliffhanger so maybe some of them will be answered in the next book but I didn't like it enough to continue with the series.
Both narrators did an excellent job with the foreign names and places.
"Great story but narration could have been better"
Wish narrators had a Spanish accent, since most of the story takes place in Spain. I also wish that the male & female narrators had interacted instead of switching back & forth by chapters, etc.
however, the story was entirely captivating
"this book started out fantastic!"
then, Angela dawe started narrating. she has only one voice. oh my god! every sentence! the world is ending! ruins so many stories... it isn't the tone of her voice. it is the way she narrates.
"this story is a slow start but worth waiting"
I struggled to get through the slow start but i am glad I listened all the way to the end definitely worth the read. although harder to listen to
I don't think I've enjoyed a book as much except for when I got hooked on the Outlander series.
I love history and this book fed into all my historical desires. It tells of an Immortal Family & how they survived from prehistoric times until today. It is based around Iago [Immortal] & Adriana [Modern Archaeologist]. How do you fall in love with a Prehistoric Man who has lived centuries and cope with the family baggage they bring to the table? The book is chock full of historical references & you can almost feel like you lived it when Iago describes his life. The book keeps you on edge just trying to figure out what will happen next with his family. They have all been affected by the events in their lives. Imagine how life events form and change you and then multiply it by living for thousands of years.
If you want a quick book...this one isn't for you because it is 17 hrs. & 41 min. of pure pleasure and left me wanting more. This Spanish author is truly talented.
As soon as the book's last sentence. "Hello Dad" was uttered I immediately looked for the 2nd book in the series. Sadly, it isn't available in audio format yet. I can't wait for the translation of book 2 to become available. Brilliance Audio please HURRY UP!
It makes me wonder what other books I am missing because they haven't been translated to English.
The story is complex, compelling and poignant. I liked that there were both male and female voice narrators, however I found the female narrator far less proficient than the male. When reading the story she had an annoying habit of making her tone uptick at the end of almost every sentence which made it sound as if every sentence was an interrogative. It was so distracting that I almost gave up on the story, but the plot was so interesting that I managed to put up with her.
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