This book dealt with a number of issues. It is the story of how a son and his mother deal with her terminal illness in a very loving, gentle, and respectful way. It is a story about the power of stories and books. And it is a story about a woman who chose to use the money and influence she had to make the world a better place, while keep a strong focus on her family who had great love and respect for her. It's a lovely and thoughtful book.
I've been through this with my mother - everyone's story is different - we didn't read books, for example. But I think it's important to look at end of life stories as a combination of happy and sad, and to know that while it's frightening, it is something you can get through. So the relevance.
Would depend on the subject.
I'm on the fence about him as narrator. I thought Mary Ann's voice was a bit falsetto.
I thought the book lacked emotion. As I said, we're all different, but I didn't get a sense of how he really felt. It was all very calm, clean, upper class white Protestant people (sorry, I don't mean to offend), and yet, this was a woman who spent a lot of time in refugee camps. I was looking for more feeling.
But, given that it was a book about books, I did think of reading some of these books.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
There are no spoilers here. When a book is called "The end of your life book club," you know exactly what is going to happen in the end. Schwalbe walks you through about two years of his life as he and his mother discuss books during her cancer treatments and until her eventual death.
This book is touching--a son who loves his mother re-adjusts his life to be by her side for much of her ilness and a mother who inspired the love of reading not only in her own family, but it others around the world.
This book is a review of dozens of books out there waiting to be read. You may find yourself agreewith with Schwalbe's view of some books you've already written, while other books may be added to your reading list.
This book is inspiring. You will want to find purpose, grace and understanding like Schwalbe's mother, Mary Anne, displayed. If only the world were full of more people like her.
I enjoyed my time with this book, and I think you will, too.
More about the people. Found that the only connection she had with people was stories (books) other people's adventure rather then their own
Only connection was books
Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.
A little bit more morbid than I was lead to believe, the son is way too obssessed with his fears instead of just enjoying the time he has with his mother. Having said that it is a great book, well written and well read. And best of all I have a great list of books I want to read from it.
The household guide to dying, only it was about Mother and Daughters, but still an excellent read and a little more light hearted and fun.
You really believe he is talking about his own mother, an excellent performance.
I was excited to hear about so many wonderful new book to discover and I enjoyed hearing their differing views about the books they read.
Easy listen and worth the time.
I like both the audio and the print the same.
I loved connecting with the characters -- I felt like I knew them!
He portrays the personality of the story well.
I told everyone around me that they MUST read the book, and told of how precious the storyline is.
This book is a definite stocking stuffer. I want to have this kind of relationship with my own children in my waning years. I also now want to read all the books from Mary Anne and Will's booklist.
Yes. I really enjoyed this book. It was a great review of some of the books I had read.
I am not sure.
No. But I will look for other books performed by him.
The discussion of the The Bite of Mango was very compelling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jeff did a great job in his performance.
Addicted to Audible!
Being a book lover who shares that love with her mother and children I was excited to listen to this book. I was very disappointed. It was a beautiful testimony to Will's mother ,who seemed to be a remarkable woman and was truly loved by her family. That said, the book wasn't interesting, it was "background noise" during my daily chores and workout. Only once or twice did anything resound with me. I think that perhaps in the hands of a great writer this story might have been outstanding but it neither gave me insight into the books they read or much about their relationship. There was very intertwining of the trauma they were experiencing with the books and how it affected them or what great insights came from the conversations they had. I feel like my monthly book club ladies dissect each book and discuss more personal insights relating to the subject matter each month.
A son's love story written for his mom, complete with a book-lover's dream wish list. I wish I had been where I could have written down some of the books' names, instead of driving down the road. Beautiful story, inspiring mother and son.
This is a book no one should miss. Mary Ann Schwalbe was a remarkable woman. There's probably a little bit of her in each of us and this book could help us discover it. I will definitely listen to this book again and again and will try to read as many of the books she and her son Will read.