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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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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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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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The Immortalists

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

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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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Long!

If I had read this physically, I doubt I would have carried on. Empty... and too detailed without purpose to be meaningful.

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Unsure

So I must start this with the fact that I bought this completely by accident. I had thought it was something else.

It is written beautifully and I like the four different stories that are broken down within the chapters.

Sadly by the end I was a little bored and just wanting it to finish.

Not for me but I know that a lot of people will find joy in the words within.

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Disappointed and didn't get further than chapter 4

I gave up this book at chapter 4 due to the graphic descriptions of sex which I wasn't expecting. I'd liked the idea of the book but have no desire to listen to that while cooking dinner!

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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.