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Summary

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes.

We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day.

This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?

©2018 Chloe Benjamin (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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Good concept, but should have been better executed

The last two stories were just plain depressing. The first two stories were interesting. It all became too mundane and sad, and the last story really disturbed me as it's about cruel testing on primates, which is no doubt absolutely accurate. So much more could have been done with this great idea of a storyline to make this book shine. Though it was very well written, I did not enjoy the book, and it left me with just sadness about 4 lives wasted.

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Such an usual story full of love, life and sadness

I found this story intriguing so when it got going i found that the story was in sections and finished in day's. it's an enjoyable listen and I look forward to others from this author. would recommend although can be upsetting in places.

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Loved it ! Best thing I have read in ages

Such an interesting and thought provoking story ! So original and unexpected . It’s simply a brilliant treat

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Lovely listen

I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and enjoyed their stories , hoped & wished for different outcomes. I’d love to read / listen more from Chloe Benjamin.

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Good listen

picked this from the 2 for 1 offer and really enjoyed it, not what I would usually go for but an easy listen with a decent storyline.

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Round the houses

I really struggled with this book. story felt all over the place. I was really interested in what would happen to each person, but lost the will to listen as the story just seemed to be flat and boring.

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The Immortalists

A multi-layered novel with heart. Beautifully written and thought provoking - this book will stay with me.

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surprising

when it first started I thought it wasn't for me. to much personal business. but after about 10 chapters I was hooked as the stories got better and better. I did enjoy it and it was worth waiting for on my wish list.

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trailed off

started off really good but iust got silly and random. really weak characters and plot.

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not bad but nothing special

i was recommended this book but if I'm honest I didn't find it particularly compelling. It wasn't bad by any means but the story just didn't hold me like I wanted it to