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Dawn thinks she knows everything there is to know about dying. As a death doula, she helps her clients fix what is left undone so they can peacefully make the final transition. But when her plane plummets from the sky and she thinks she is experiencing the last moments of her life, she is shocked to find that she isn't thinking of her husband or teenage daughter - but of a road she strayed from 15 years earlier, when she turned her back on her PhD studies.  

Against all odds, Dawn survives, and the airline gives her a free ticket to wherever she needs to get to. In alternating chapters, we see possible choices: land - returning to her husband, a quantum physicist who studies the possibilities of parallel universes, she is faced with a test to her marriage and a daughter who is struggling with self-image issues. And water: returning to her studies and the archaeological site she worked on 15 years earlier, where the man she abandoned is about to make the discovery of a lifetime.  

But time may not be as straightforward as we think. As Dawn explores her possible futures, she is finding out what a well-lived life means, what we leave behind of ourselves when we leave the earth, and who she might have been.... 

©2020 Jodi Picoult (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

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I really really wanted to like it...

I was so excited when I heard about this book. I love everything to do with ancient Egypt and have even studied to be a death doulla. I've also listened to & enjoyed many Jodi Picoult novels but this was my least favourite. However I did enjoy some snippets of thoughts about death and dying. They seemed to be the most thought through ideas in the story. On the negative side : The main protagonist was extremely annoying and self-centred, the love story was unbelievable, the choppy timeline and the way the story was told was confusing but I'm afraid the worst part for this version was the narration. If all the characters were American it would have been ok..but her English accent was really bad and well just shouldn't have been attempted :( Sorry

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Soooooooo boring!!

Usually Jodi Picoult’s books are a safe bet but this one is unreadable. So boring! If I’d wanted a text book on Ancient Egypt I would have bought one.

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Good story but very heavy references to Egyptology and some quantum physics

I liked the book but also didn’t stop listening as it had very heavy reference to Egyptology and quantum physics. If you can look past those it’s a good story.

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  • tj
  • 26-01-2021

Sensitive and beautiful

Loved this book the sensitive way it deals with love and death. Interwoven with interesting Egypt. Enjoy

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Loved!

The main character, Dawn, who was an ancient Egyptian archaeologist, before becoming a death doula, has a near death experience. This causes her to question her life path. The characters in this story were real and raw and the research that has gone into it is unbelievable. Jodi Picoult is amazing!

Loved the performance. Accents were perfect and it was really easy to listen to.

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Beautiful! I didn't want it to end

I really liked the narrator. could listen to her all day. What a beautiful story

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  • MJB
  • 05-11-2020

Great Indepth Storyline

Excited to get into this book because of the concept. Didn't disappoint in this aspect but felt it was a little too heavy on the Egyptology. At the beginning considered giving up because of this but glad I didn't because the plot itself was excellent.

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Great story

Loved this story and how Picoult researches her topics. The make British accent though, 😩 was incredibly annoying and unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2020

Different from her other work; but worth reading.

A beautiful journey and lovely characterization. The structure of this book took me a while to wrap my mind around-very cleverly done. As always the subject matter was sensitivity handled.

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  • ERROL
  • 10-04-2021

Upsetting

It irritates me the way tthe book jumps back and forth between decades. Youre listening to one story line and then the next sentence is a different story line

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  • Roxydog
  • 08-11-2020

Boring

Normally I love Jodi Picout but this book was more like a guide to Egyptology. Much too factual unless you are really into Eygptology Gave up about a third into the book as no real story was developing. Bored to the stage where I kept falling asleep. I expect better from this author

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  • Lauren
  • 24-11-2020

Reminded Me How Much I Love Egyptology

I loved this from start to finish. The factual information not only about Egyptology, but also about Quantum Physics & the role of a Death Doula. It was an insight into something I have always avoided thinking about.

Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and this book has made its way to the top end of my favourites list.

Whilst some found the parallel timelines confusing I revelled in them - I may have found it easier to follow because I listened to the audio most of the time rather than reading the hardback I also bought (because it was too beautiful not too).

This book has made me think about where I could have been if the choices I made were different and where I may be in the future.

I don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

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  • H. Wright
  • 04-11-2020

Two confusing ways...

I loved and hated this in equal measure. The overall premise is really interesting and a lot of the detail is too (and there is a LOT of detail). The narrator was ok when she was doing most of the voices but her faux English accent was excruciating (and somebody really should have told her how to pronounce Marquess). I found the whole book very long and drawn out and while I kept going until the end I would never listen to it again. Not sure whether to try other books by this author.

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  • Mrs R G
  • 23-05-2021

Excellent listen

This was well written, well narrated and I really loved that the story went beyond where most writers would see a conclusion. I often did ah books and still have questions but tbh is one satisfied me. All of the historical discussion around Egypt was really interesting. Excellent life questions in this book. An easy but enjoyable listen

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  • Miss V M Mercer
  • 01-05-2021

Slow burn but wonderful book

Slow starter but have spent years reading Jodi and she always does amazingly well with characters and life. Sparked my interest in Egypt again, thank you

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  • V Findlay
  • 02-03-2021

Painful

I haven’t read a book by this author before and was struggling to get into it. Foolishly I decided to use one of my credits so I could listen whilst I was walking. I find the narrator difficult and the detail on Quantum Physics is ridiculous. It gets so much worse when the narrator does the British accent of the main love interest. It was laughable but this just carried on and on. She’s meant to read the story not to do accents. I can’t believe the team that put this together allowed this to happen. I can not listen it.

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  • Kathie Williams
  • 01-03-2021

The Epitome of First World Problems

I’ve never read any Jodi Picoult books before; this story will not persuade me to try one of her novels again. The main character is unsympathetic and selfish, the dialogue and plot cliche heavy and the fascinating subject of Ancient Egypt is recounted in mind-numbingly dull detail. Added to this mix is a narrator who’s English accent is laughable - at least that provided some entertainment!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2021

Couldn’t put it down

Loved the narrator on this one and as always Jodi picoult brings so much knowledge into her books. Really enjoyed this one

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  • Gemma
  • 22-02-2021

simply beautiful

loved it, one of the best I've listened to for a while, story about life and death with a bit of quantum physics in and Egyptology. Beautifully narrated also. I was sad when it finished

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2021

Not great

I usually love Jodi's stories.
I couldn't get into this one. It kept jumping back & forward between times.
Didn't really enjoy this book.

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