Yes. The character development in this book is amazing. Even though there isn't much action or a heavy plot, I was still able to see the characters growing simply through the dialogue.
There may have been some tears...
I am really not sure. This book just did not have enough going on for me. Maybe I'm too old for it? Not sure. Perhaps it was just the pacing...perhaps better read in print, where one can pace themselves. Clearly the subject matter is something that isn't written about often and is extremely important.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was one of the most moving and beautiful stories ever. I guess I was hoping for something as substantive and deeply moving.
Something more intricate and well written. I think I am planning on re-reading Margaret Atwood's Cats Eye.
speed it up girl! Also, her voice was too old for the character. It bothered me a lot. Even tried listening it sped up by 1.25. Worked a bit.
1/2 the book.
I seem to be the minority here. But, all I wanted to do was fast forward to the ending...
It is definitely in the top quarter.
I can't think of anything quite like it. It hits some of the same themes -- illness and death - as other books I've liked, from The Fault in Our Stars to The Magic Mountain.
The principal narrator, who handles Lou's sections, brings her and her milieu to life in a way that I could not have experienced if I read the book. For one thing, the differences in accents said volumes about social standing that cannot be conveyed as well on the page.
Lou. But Will Traynor - and his name is most definitely a meaningful, multilayered pun -- is likewise very hard to forget.
This book taught me a lot about quadriplegia, and it put me inside that experience in a way I found enlightening and saddening. It's also a lovely story of how people who really care about each other can best express their love with relinquishment.
I finished this book about a week ago, but I feel like I'm still living in it. What was most interesting to me was the true-to-life nature of the characters' responses to the situation and its ever-changing nature. Each is affected differently by Wil Trainer's condition -- and each deals with it in his or her own way, some more bravely than others. Then there is the growth of the two main characters -- Louisa and Wil -- and the deep bond that they form that inevitably must give way to their own private needs. Beautifully written and performed -- ultimately a very positive story.
I cannot recall why I purchased this audiobook last summer. I was going through a particularly difficult time and thought I needed something of a literary/love story to pep me up.
I won't say how it ends, but will say that it wasn't exactly Danny Zucco and Sandy riding off into the sky in a convertible; though I believe from the description given on amazon and audible you can tell this one jerks a few tears.
I really liked this book. Especially as an audio. The voice for the female protagonist, Lou, made her so loveable and identifiable (certainly to some of the women in my life), for a character the author had already developed quite well.
It's been over 9 months since I listened to this, but I recall that it made me more grateful for what I have and who I love and who loves me. It serves as a great reminder for how precious are our life and health.
I'll lastly say that it was particularly tough for a guy (at least for me) to listen to the parts where a male's natural urge for contact floated in only to realize how it would be if you couldn't have that human touch (as a quadriplegic). I guess that part may have been difficult for ladies as well.
I give this book as heart*y recommendation, even to guys, since it's a really good story and it's likely you could use some training on sensitivity to the emotions and feelings of the better sex.
This audiobook stands out leaps and bounds ahead of others because it dares to ask the question, What would you do? After jumping a roller coaster, whose destination is the loneliness and isolation experienced by each character, amidst the absolute impossibility of a truly peaceful solution, we are finally thrown into the realm of possibility. The filter of life as seen through multiple pair of eyes promotes a more global perspective, as the story pounds towards what ends up to be a sweet finish. I loved it!
It is a world few of us have to experience first hand, so many things were new. It was a love story, but even more, it was a story about the quality of life, and choosing not to accept what fate has created of your life. Interesting...
Great characters. Important message. The different narrators for different characters works well. The characters grow on you. I found myself nearly in tears (good tears) at the end, which rarely happens with me. Wonderful writing. I hated it to end.
One of my favorite books. I actually did extra housecleaning and longer walks so I could listen to more.
Will Traynor won my heart and broke it, too.
Loved when they went to the wedding. The dance was brilliant.
As an adventure addict myself (skydiving, bungee jumping etc) I can relate to Will's life prior to his accident and understand his frustration with lack of mobility. Imagine having to rely on someone else for every meal, sip of water, bathroom break...of course I'd be pissed about life and all able bodies around me. This is a great read about a woman (Lou) who through this ass of a quadriplegic (Will) finds a passion to live life boldly. To travel. To explore. To want more than what she is accustomed to in her home town.
The moment Will and Lou kiss.
The moment Lou finally ventures off to Paris and reads Will's letter.