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.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I loved Ms. Moyes two latest books so assumed I would at least like this one too. It is rare that I find an author I really enjoy then run across a book of theirs that I simply can't finish. Georgette Heyer's Sprig Muslin is my other example.
This book was just entirely too slow. It was full of missed opportunities and miscommunications, and when an author uses those two tools to move her plot along, I am always frustrated.
I felt some sympathy for the primary protagonists, but felt that their actions did nothing but perpetuate their problems. So I never felt attached to them.
Everyone seemed unhappy or depressed all the time. In Ms. Moyes two latest books there are meaningful reasons for the characters to feel this way. The characters face death, war, loss. Valid reasons to be unhappy. In this book the character's troubles are not catastrophic. Outside forces aren't really in control of their lives. And they are in situations they themselves can control.
I am not certain if Ms.Moyes is maturing into her writing skills - this book was written prior to Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind - or if The Last Letter is an aberration. I will definitely try another of her books. Bu I cannot recommend this one.
I loved Me Before You so thought I would try this one. It's basically a romance novel, like a Nicholos Sparks book. It wasn't for me.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
This is another great Jojo Moyes story. It starts in 1960 and finishes in 2003.
It has some wonderful twists in the story that I wasn't expecting. All in all, another lovely story and well worth a listen.
The romance by JoJo is so wonderfully portrayed that you can feel it within yourself....you want it for yourself. I love a good book that literally takes me away! Very sweet.
I had a hard time connecting with the characters at first but see now the necessity of the way the story began. I don't think there is another writer out there right now who can capture the human essence the way this author does I don't have the words to describe how deeply this book affected me and how it has caused me to reexamine the choices we make and the timing of those choices. What if one choice costs years? Absolutely beautiful.
Two star crossed couples, two different time periods, same problems! This story was captivating because the characters were so well developed. I became so engrossed in their lives, I found myself worrying about them when I wasn't listening. Definitely worth listening to/ reading.
I liked how the book forced the reader to imagine what life was like, before the age of computers, texting and gender equality. I imagine this would be an interesting read if you were contemplating an extra marital affair.
Loved the story! It has an intriguing plot, well developed, and humanly, imperfect characters finding their way to happiness, and even love in a world not always kind, and rarely easy.