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If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children - four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness - sneak out to hear their fortunes.
Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.
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By jaylee on 01-09-18
Would you try another book from Chloe Benjamin and/or Maggie Hoffman?
From Chloe Hoffman yes, but from Maggie Hoffman no.
How could the performance have been better?
The performance is read in such a monotone - like Ms Hoffman is a somnambulist sleepreading the script.
Any additional comments?
So many amazing performers on Audible bring even tough pithy books alive. Was so excited to hear this selection but will delete it and go back to reading the text version.
118 of 132 people found this review helpful
By E. Longe on 01-19-18
This book is good but . . .
I really enjoyed this book until the end. It kept me interested and surprised and I finished it in 3 days. The ending doesn’t really resolve anything, it just ends. It could use a prologue or something, I felt like it was in the middle of a chapter and just stopped, but nope that was it.
29 of 32 people found this review helpful