I loved the way I could almost feel like I was present at the their book club meetings.
The compassionate way he describes his mother's life and achievements - along with her illness.
No - but he is good!
At the end when he summarises what his mother taught him in life.
I loved listening to Jeff Harding. My sister recommended the book, but I bought the audiobook instead and I don't regret it for one minute.
It's real and touching at the same time. It makes you laugh, cry and think. Also makes you want to read more.
So hard to pick, but I guess when he summarizes his mother's advice for life.
What would YOU like to remember about your mother?
A fantastic book about life and a reading addiction. Wonderfully narrated too.
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. Will Schwalbe writes in a very accessible manner that is refreshing. He’s a book publisher from a well-educated and influential family. His world is changed however when it is learned that his mother, the cog in the family is diagnosed with cancer and is given roughly six months to live. They are a family of readers, so it isn’t a shock that he asks her “what are you reading?” This begins a strange book club, with only two members, a son and his mother. The books they read are fantastic to be sure, but it’s how the books help them cope that inspires me. It gives them an avenue to approach difficult conversations.
My mother has Muscular Dystrophy and it is very hard to watch her muscles deteriorate and pain increase. I don’t know how many more years she has left. A difference between Schwalbe and I is that I’ve had 17 years to prepare mentally. But you really can’t prepare for it. This book helps. It shows that just being there as a family is most important, to make them feel special. I love my mom so much and hope she lives many more years, but this book helped me realize I’m less alone and showed me things to say…
A sad book to be sure, but less sad than I’ve probably made it out to be. It’s really a story of love. A love of family and a love of books. Is there a better combination?
I listened to it several times. Sometimes to just the parts I found particularly moving.
He is an excellent reader.
This book made me laugh and cry. It made me remember all the books that meant so much to me growing up.
I enjoyed the speaker and the story, but it could be a little sad/depressing at times. This may or may not be a good book for someone who is going through a similar experience with cancer or has a loved one with cancer.
Don't let the title dissuade you from reading this book! The author will take you on a wonderful journey through some of the best works of literature available to Audible listeners as Wil Schwalbe and his mother share their love of reading with each other. After finishing this selection, I listened to two more outstanding books that the author and his mother had discussed: Pillars of the Earth and Crossing to Safety.
The mother was performed so well by this male! It made me smile thinking how well the author wrote the many "Mom" phrases in this book and how well he and the narrator had me so clearly imagining her in my mind. She held so many positions in her life and was a tireless humanitarian...yet she always had time to read a great book!...and although most of her jobs would have impressed any dinner guest, she remained humble and always said her most important job was being a mother.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
Since I am not close to my mother, I really envy those who are! This book is a tribute to the love of a son to his mother. It's absolutely beautifully written, and I kept hoping the ending would be different.
Because the book really covers so many life events it's difficult to pinpoint a favorite. I just loved getting to know the mother through the eyes of her loving son.
This was my first.
The mother's ability to so articulately describe her feelings toward death. I hope I am that graceful if ever faced with such a life event.
This is a fantastic book. Don't let the "death" topic discourage you. It's really a book about a fantastic life.
i liked the book suggestions but really it was just like listening to a whole lot of book reviews.
i would have liked to hear more about his mothers life it sounded like she was a very inspirational lady
more about his mothers life
Here is a heart warming story of a wonderful relationship of a mother and her son. The relationship is strengthened during the time of the mom's treatments. Not only do we get an inside look at a very personal time but we are led into a world of literature that we can share with others. The message is clear: Share books with loved ones NOW and reap the benefits for a long time to come.
Will Schwalbe tells a story of human experience, life, love, family, and terminal illness that is compelling and heartwarming an not a lick depressing. Books give us so much understanding of the human condition, and I enjoyed hearing his and his mother's perspectives on stories I have read and those now on my to-read list!