Someone with more patience than me.
I love books - reading and listening to books. It is rare that I do not finish a book, but I could not finish this one. The storyline was not only boring, but predictable and sooo drawn out! I kept thinking it would eventually go somewhere but it did not! I did not care what happened 40 years later so deleted the book.
Susan Lyons is always a good narrator. Her voice was the only thing pleasant about the book.
Just the narrator
I kept thinking this book would get better and wasted a lot of time listening in hopes that it would. This is my first review - I just felt compelled to give my opinion because it is the opposite of the positive reviews I read before buying this book.
author of books for teens and children
One of the best novels I've listened to in a long time. It's beautifully written, suspenseful and very romantic, featuring star-crossed lovers in the 1960s and in the early 21st century.
This was the most recent book club selection - and the first time that I listened to one rather than read it. And I think this will probably be the last time that I chose to listen to our selection rather than read it. It took me forever to plod through this one. I regret voting for this one, that’s for sure! The performer who narrates this does a good job, but her careful speaking and precise accent adds to slowing down the already glacial pacing. And the alternating time periods would most likely be a lot easier to follow in a printed version. Not to mention that the redundancy of the letters themselves would be a lot easier to skim over on the physical page.
I also think that all of the adultery and sex would be more palatable in print than listening to it in the car (or heavens forbid, at work!). These are the first “love” scenes that I have encountered in an audiobook and I do hope that they are the last - it’s not pleasant to listen to.
As for the story itself, it’s rather underwhelming. The modern angle of the story came as an abrupt shift and quite frankly just takes too long to connect back with the main story between Jennifer and “Boot”. Part of my dislike for this aspect of the plot lies with Ellie herself - she is unlikable and completely unsympathetic. And her romantic entanglements are melodramatic and just too soap-operatic for them to be interesting. Not that the other characters are all that much better - I did not identify or particularly like any of them. And the plot - even with its ridiculous “twists” is actually quite predictable overall.
Perhaps if Ellie’s section had been removed entirely, I would have enjoyed this more, but since it greatly bogs down the book, it really slowed down my ability to muster up the energy or desire to listen to any of it. Frankly, I am surprised that I made it through all 15+ hours. I think I would have stomached the book a bit better in print, but even then, I don’t think it would have redeemed the characters or the plot.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
The only other JoJo Moyes book I had read prior to listening to The Last Letter from your Lover was Me Before You, which I really enjoyed. However, this book took me through a deep range of emotions and I was entranced. Heartbreak and triumph, happiness and sadness. Wonderful characters and wonderful, real relationships. This is a great story and the writing is beautifully and artfully done. Bravo! Can't wait to read One plus One.
Often love stories like this one can be too syrupy sweet, portraying male characters either as egotistical prigs or too sensitive to be credible, single faceted, and women either as in-your-face feminists, capricious, or delicate flowers. (I suspect I share the skepticism of the reviewer who asks, "What's so great about Jennifer?" although I decided that she is just one of those women who embody all that most men found attractive in the 60s, but women may resent or cannot relate to.) I enjoy a story in which the characters are not so easily defined, even the bad ones are sympathetic, even the good guys screw up. A 40-year gap is a stretch, but I know two women, one in her 80s, and one in her 60s, who experienced it. This is my first listen of Jojo Moyes' books. Happy to find there are others. Four stars because, after reading the reviews, I look forward to even better ones by Ms. Moyes. Ms. Lyons' narration was just right for me, neither detracting from nor embellishing the story.
Wonderful...wonderful....great story....great narration...I love this author and plan on listening to ALL her books.
A must listen...!
I liked how JoJo Moyes told the reasoning of everyone's actions of a very complicated story. But it made sense once all of the pieces were revealed.
I love listening to any book Susan Lyon narrates. I like her performance and her pacing. I look for books with her now because she's so easy to listen to.
I wondered throughout the whole book about who really fathered the girl. Will there be a sequel?
Parallel stories with multiple characters.
She is easy to listen to and very likable. As she would say, I would like to go have a drink with her.
Classic love story - well read - great listen! Just as good as "Me Than You" - different, but just as well written and read. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!
Inspiring love story
The ability to relate to the characters. We've all faced crossroads in our lives.
True love is worth the wait