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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning, critically acclaimed author returns with an ingenious novel about what it would mean to live forever.

Rachel has an unusual problem: she can't die. Her recent troubles - widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son - are only the latest. She's already put up with scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years - ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.

In 2018, as her children and grandchildren develop new technologies for immortality, Rachel knows she must enable her beloved offspring to live fully-without her, but with meaning - by finding a way for herself to die.

Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.

©2018 Dara Horn (P)2018 Recorded Books

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A wholly different sort of story.

I loved this creative and unusual approach to historical fiction/life before death. It was so different and engrossing. As someone who is in my late 60s, and who is thinking more and more about how fast my life has gone, how quickly my grandchildren are growing up, and how much I miss my husband, I appreciated being reminded that it is that life is so transient that makes it so valuable.
It's rare that a narrator is so good that she adds to the overall experience; she was so excellent that I felt like Rachel was talking to me and that I'd know her if I meet her on the street. Overall, a gem.

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Engrossing Listen

Great story, wonderfully performed, engaging from beginning to end. With a little more involvement between the two main characters with a little more detail of how each fit themselves into various historical eras, this could have been a great trilogy.

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Complex characters performed effortlessly.

I have read several books by this artist and she brings the characters to life every time. This is a very detailed story that spans the centuries. Compelling.

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deep, subtle, well done

a deep feeling, history spanning exploration of what it means to be human, and what makes life matter.

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Love this book

This is a book that will stay with you for a long time. A great Jewish novel and a story about what is important in life.

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I initially really enjoyed this book. I just found it to plateau without ever really gaining a stride.

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Absolutely Brilliant!

I purchased this audiobook on a whim, as a 'Dailly Deal'. Those often seem to be hit or miss, usually a miss. But not this one! The story itself is fascinating; focusing on the story of an Israeli woman, whom has inadvertently managed to become immortal. It deals with the many losses in her very long life, and questions her sanity in dealing with said immortality.

So, a very fascinating subject, helped by an outstanding narrative performance. The narration alone could easily carry this audiobook.

I highly suggest listening to this!

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Meh - interesting topic, but doesn't deliver

I like the nod to the power of God (it is only a nod, though), but this story is mainly in the memories of the main character. That would be fine, and is largely expected, but there is no great intrigue, no plot or building to a climax in the story. Without spoiling the story for anyone, it is a light read/listen (well narrated, which is a definite plus) with some mildly interesting Jewish history (I would have liked more of this since it was a theme in the book, and a more accurate representation of the events and culture of those times), with a conclusion that life is about family. Yes, I concur that family love and dedication is a rewarding aspect of living, but I expected more intrigue/insights from someone who lived for thousands of years.

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great story weak ending

the story was really entertaining, and I was enthralled throughout the whole thing. But when the ending came, it felt like it just came to abruptly. before I knew it the story was done.

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Satisfying to the end.

Amazing and original plot.
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Colossal scale and not predictable.
Very focused themes.
Humor, charm and gravity.

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