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  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Patti Murin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

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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Thought provoking

Thought provoking. I found myself torn between the two men. I suspect that my choices would have been different to Dawn's. But Jodie always makes you consider the options which is good.

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Book of 2 ways

I enjoyed this
Always love Jodi’s books

Perhaps Brian was too accepting
Not sure if the end was quite right

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Beautiful story

A wonderful story even for someone who knows nothing about Egyptology!
I agree with some other reviews that the English accent is not great, but it didn’t detract from a fabulous listen.

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The Narrator ruined it!

The American was ‘too American’ her English accent irritating to the extreme. It was hard to get past the narration to enjoy the plot.
I’m usually a huge fan of Ms Picoults work, but couldn’t really engage in this one. The fact that the main character found two men to love her so completely, when she was so bland and one dimensional was hard to swallow.
I enjoyed the lessons in Egyptology.

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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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Brilliant

I loved this book. The story entwined with archeology and ancient Egypt was highly entertaining and interesting. I enjoyed the suspense and intrigue surrounding the lives of the characters. A lot of hard work and research went into this book and the result is a great story, beautifully written.

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Okay read, much longer than it needs to be

The story is far too drawn out, a couple hours in the middle could've ben condensed - I had to persevere to get to the ending.
Jodi clearly did exceptional amounts of research , but this book was a little too much Egyptology for me. Some was interesting but some didn't seem relevant.
I'm a fan of many of Jodi's other novels, but I think this one was missing a gritty issue to really think over. I thought the conclusion was a little too easy on the character too!

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Disappointing ending

A great story which was really interesting, with strong characters. Sadly the ending was rather disappointing as it did not give you a conclusion, rather tried to leave it up to the reader to decide. It tried to be clever using the title as 'One of two ways' for the book to end. I would much preferred to see the end relationships develop and conclude. Otherwise an extremely well researched and interesting book.

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Not as enjoyable as most Jodi Picoult novels

I enjoyed this in parts, but usually find Jodi Picoult novels enjoyable easy listening with an interesting twist. I didn’t find this quite up to her usual standard. Possibly in part due to the narrators terrible attempt at an English accent for one of the main characters which was really off putting

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Disappointed

Stuck it out but found it quite tedious. Would have stopped if actually reading

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