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The Book of Two Ways

A Novel
Written by: Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Patti Murin
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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From the number one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She's on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw 15 years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. 

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients. 

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways - the first known map of the afterlife.

As the story unfolds, Dawn's two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she's never truly asked: What does a life well-lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices...or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn't turned out to be the person you are right now?

©2020 Jodi Picoult (P)2020 Random House Audio

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amazing

loved it So interesting the narrator was excellent learned s lot about a subject of which I had little knowledge

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  • McSusie
  • 2020-09-22

SO BORING!

I’m four very boring hours into this much anticipated book & it’s been a chore to listen to. The main character is not likable nor sympathetic for a “Death Dula”. The narration is flat & it’s like listening to a very dry text book. Much of the story is taken from text books. I cannot finish this book.

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  • Catrina D.
  • 2020-09-22

A bore!

This is like an educational book about Egypt..., it’s like a history book of boredom. FAIL! Returning

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2020-09-23

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Well this book seriously touched a lot of buttons for me having lost someone close to me last year. The idea of a Death Doula was completely foreign to me until this book but after this book I think it's an amazing thing someone can do for someone who is dying. There was so many things said and explained in this book that really opened my eyes to death. This book will be one I remember always.

The Egyptology part of this book was very interesting if a little hard to follow at times. I guess I never thought much about Egypt before this book or that they are still finding tombs today, it is fascinating.

The "real" life part of this book was hard for me also because I wanted everyone to win and be happy but in these situations someone will always lose.

I will also say that this book contains a LOT of information about a LOT of different subjects. It was almost overwhelming at times but I was able to compartmentalize the information that I felt was most relevant to my take on this story.

The narration was also something I wasn't sure about when I started but by the end I thought she was perfect. For the type of character Dawn is, this narrator had the perfect tone and pace.

This quote stuck to me... "Life asked death, 'Why do people love me but hate you? Death responded, because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth." -Unknown

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  • RioPuerco
  • 2020-09-24

I’m so torn

This was not a great book. I love her writing usually, but this was not my favorite. That being said, the ending was one of my favorite endings I have read due to the way it was written. The message was there, hiding in the boredom of just getting through another chapter, but the message *was* there and I enjoyed that aspect. This is a book about past vs present with a lot of Egyptian stuff in the middle. Also, I didn’t like the main character AT ALL. She’s selfish, but maybe that was the point.

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  • Cindy
  • 2020-09-27

Zzz...

Snooze fest. This is NOT the Jodi Picoult books I know and love. This was like sitting at a college course I was forced to take because nothing else was open. The main character is not enjoyable at all, she isn’t kind and mostly thinks of herself throughout the part I listened to. I couldn’t finish, I tried but nope.

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  • Heather
  • 2020-09-28

Who wrote this book?

I pre-ordered The Book of two Ways based on Picoult's previous books -and I am disappointed. Had I waited, I might have paid attention to some of the reviews and left the book on your shelf. I have just thrown in the towel, after four tedious hours which included never-ending painful lessons about Egypt. A few reviews said that the ending is good - but I just cannot take another eleven hours and forty-five minutes so perhaps I'll just skip to the last few minutes of the last chapter. Could be my last pre-order.

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  • Wendi
  • 2020-09-28

Biggest Disappointment This Year- Awful

I don't know what happened to Jody Picoult. Before I had audible, I would pre-order every one of her books and devour it the day it came out. I pre-ordered The Book of Two Ways as well, hoping it was better than her last novel, and looking forward to another 'Storyteller' or 'Tenth Circle.' I am so disappointed that I am almost mad at Jodi. What is she thinking? The Book of Two ways is nothing but a professorial lecture on Ancient Egypt, with little or no story in between. I tried listening to it 4 times, and I decided to give up. I am returning this credit. To be honest, I don't think that Jodi Picoult even wrote this. Either that or she is having a writer crisis where she wants to change her normal formula with rich characters and take notes from Rutherford or Follet on historical fiction. The Storyteller, set in Nazi Germany, was great historical fiction with rich characters and an excellent story. The Book of Two Ways is just boring and disjointed with zero character development. If you want a lesson on Ancient Egypt, choose a non-fiction book or google specifics on the internet. This book is the most disappointing read for me of the year. So disappointed. -Wendi

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  • Sheila K.
  • 2020-09-23

Outstanding! Compelling! A page- turner!

This book grabbed me by the fictional “lapels” and never let me go! I was engaged with every character. Picoult does a terrific job of weaving in all the research she did without losing an ounce of family and love story! Kudos! It was a pleasure to read such a good book!

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  • Mary
  • 2020-09-28

Superb

The most fulfilling book I have read in quit some time. Intellectually and emotionally stimulating. I felt as the words pressed into me at point, something physical. I will read this again.

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  • Sam and Hayley
  • 2020-09-28

My new favorite book

Unlike other reviews, this book had the entirety of my attention for the few days it took me to read it. The love story between Dawn and Wyatt was incredibly moving. I will read again and again and again.