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The Immortalists

Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (301 ratings)

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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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  • Kathst
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  • 21-01-18

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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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

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Absolutely must read

Best book I have read in the last couple of years. Loved the different eras, perspectives, family narratives and especially the theme of loss processed and understood by each sibling in such distinct way!

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absolutely fantastic

I'd highly recommend this book. it was an unusual story involving 4 children being told the day they will die.

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Disappointing

I kept hoping something would happen, but nothing happened. Such a waste of my time.

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Disappointing

I was very disappointed with this book in fact ended up sending it back. It started ok and was very intriguing but lost its way !!

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Good read

Recommend this book. Really enjoyed ready each section of the different characters. Planned out well.