Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.
Unique story. It's been a long time since an audio book choked me up (last time was The Fault in Our Stars)
Protagonist. I found myself rooting for her.
Yes - I finished this one quickly and found myself looking forward to the time I could plug it back in.
As much as my sentimental self was rooting for the sappy ending, this ending was perfect.
It was quickly obvious where this novel was headed. The author could hardly deal with such a serious subject cutely. There could not be a "riding off into the sunset" HEA. I've read other reviews that called it a romance, a love story. I saw it more as a life story. Any romance was really just a potential. A potential that could never develop. About the only part of the book that rang untrue to me was Clark's declaration of love. If I had been on the receiving end of that declaration, right after hearing that the person giving it knew my secret, I would have thought it just another attempt to try and get me to change my mind, a ploy and a ruse.
But life is real and rarely if ever cute. I thought the author did a good job of presenting the dilemma of this particular life in an upfront, even handed way. There was very little preachiness and even after finishing the book, while I am relatively certain where I stand on the issue, the author did a very good job of not passing judgment. I expected her personal opinion on the issue to be evident at the end. It wasn't. At least not to me.
This is one of those novels that deals with an issue that needs to be discussed. As long as we continue to place more value on the quantity of life rather than the quality of it, this issue will not go away. And sometimes it is an issue that simply can't be raised on its own - discussing the plot of a novel is a more benign way to start the conversation.
Several other reviewers I read admitted to weeping through the last hour of the book. I can cry over a sad story, as much as the next guy, but I didn't cry over this one. I think that was partially because I knew where we were headed, so I wasn't caught off guard by the inevitable conclusion. I also don't think of it as a weepy read, because the real sadness, the accident that left Will a quadriplegic, was dealt with quickly in the first 3 minutes of the book. That was the tragedy, not the inevitable after-effects of it. And the tragedy was presented fairly clinically and abruptly at the beginning, before I was emotionally invested in the characters. So it didn't have the emotional punch to start the tears.
This was a better book than I expected it to be. I lost patience with Clark several times. She started out too immaturely. So much so it was a stretch to believe she came so far in such a short amount of time. And her complete lack of relationship skills, with her boyfriend, her family, or anyone else seemed a little extreme. That might be my only character-related complaint. I appreciated that the author didn't make Will a tragic figure. He wasn't a saint before the accident, as a matter of fact, he did not sound particularly likable. Nor was his family. That made it more believable than if he was portrayed as heroic, generous,compassionate or kind.
I usually don't like multiple narrators. Instead of clarifying perspective, they tend to just confuse me. I thought they all did a very good job on this and the periodic switch was helpful.
This was not an easy book to read. I had to put it down several times. I had a lighter, easier read going at the same time. That distraction helped me get through this. But I highly recommend it. It made me pause, made me think, made me dig deeper. And for a novel, that is saying a lot.
The Fault in Our Stars Deals with loving someone who is physically challenged and about to die.
Louisa was simply an amazing person. She starts out as someone who can serve others and enjoy waitressing. When she looks for a job, (parts that are done with absolutely terrific writing and British humor) it becomes obvious that the color of her parachute is one that really just longs to selflessly serve someone else.
Her ability to love someone in a way didn’t fit the cultural romantic norms. She loved the quadriplegic, impotent Will in a way that was much more focused on little ordinary everyday things. The way that she loved him had a very important lesson as we love someone who is aging or sick or injured: physical attractiveness in the Hollywood sense falls away. What’s left? Louisa showed me that a whole lot is left!
Luisa’s character is one that doesn’t treat someone with kid gloves-- she dishes it right back! Gradually, her motives for her choices moved away from just needing a job. She allows herself to become changed powerfully by serving and gradually loving Will.
This type of literature is changing me. I know, I know: chick lit. But as a man with a wife and three daughters at home, and many hurting people around me, I need this insight and sensitivity to human emotion. I’d like to thank the author for that. For example, this book gave insight as to why my wife and daughters want my shirts to sleep with when I’m gone.
Being a Christian minister, I had to take away a star for some ethical and worldview issues. Just the other day my dad (74) and his friend Ralph, both of whom are physically struggling with disability and aging had robust joy in the consideration of the resurrection and heaven. They are laughing and confident facing death. That perspective is lacking here. At least it’s not considered.
I found the author’s writing style to be entertaining and definitely engrossing. Her description of facial expressions and gestures was exquisite.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I am normally not one for romances or love stories, however I kept getting 'Me Before You, A Novel' recommended to me. It seemed as though every time I turned around another friend was telling my how touching the novel is and how it should be on my 'must read' list. I took advantage of the holiday sale and bought the book at audible, as well as the kindle book. I am the type that likes to listen and read along.
The author, Jojo Moyes, introduces us to Louisa, who lives in a small town in England which has one main tourist area which is an old castle. Louisa has been in an fairly stagnant relationship with her long time boyfriend Patrick. He has recently become obsessed with working out and they really have nothing in common anymore. She figures she'll marry him, and have his babies all the while living in the same five mile radius in which she grew up.
Louisa lives with her mom, dad, grandfather, sister and nephew in a tiny home barely built for all of them and her parents rely on her wages at the 'Buttered Bun' to help make ends meet. When Louisa is told that the owner of the 'Buttered Bun' is closing down his restaurant, she is forced to find another job. Surprisingly, she does find a job as a caretaker for the wealthiest family in town.
Louisa is in charge of looking after Will, who was once a very successful business man and a daredevil. He traveled the world and lived life by the seat of his pants. He was miserable in his state of having to be taken care of around the clock, with little control of his movement and bodily function. When Louisa finds out that the job is a contract position for six months, her suspicions arise and she figures out that Will has given his parents six months to try and convince him to continue to live, but after the six months is over, he will go to a clinic in Switzerland where there are legal procedures for people who wish to die.
Louisa and Will develop a very guarded and intimate relationship, and soon Louisa finds that her sole purpose in life is trying to convince Will that he is indeed a person that is loved and needed in this world, despite his body's failure. Does she convince him to live forever? You'll have to have a listen to find out.
Me Before You is definitely a page turner. The characters are all very earthy and I loved them all. The narration was performed by several different voices (people) and they all added their own point of view on the situation. I enjoyed this as I delved further into the characters and what their thoughts were. My heart ached for Will's mother, who of course under no circumstances wanted her son to die. This is a very emotional book and it deserves to be listened to with full attention. There is so much humanity and ultimate love and sacrifice. It provides hope to the reader that people still do care about others, and it also presents things to people who have no physical ailments. Those of us not suffering with debilitating diseases take advantage of our health, which is something we may want to think twice about.
I am rating this novel 5 stars across the board. This is not a typical romance, but instead a gritty, character building novel with a rich story line and a lot of heart.
I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!
Wow! I'm not really sure where to start. This book was my sister's pick, and she did a good job. So, the story starts with a punch in the gut, so pay attention. Then it slows down and builds gradually.
It's so funny bc I thought I knew what turns were going to happen next, and was completely shocked by what turns did happen. Even the cast of readers surprises you as you read along getting used to just the one reader, and boom a different voice. Oh you are going to enjoy this book!
This will be a book I will read again and again! I highly recommend it.
No. But not because I didn't love it. It's just because there is a finite number of books one can read or hear in a lifetime.
Louisa Clark. From being a simple not overly educated, naive to the arts person, she truly is and becomes a multi-layered personality who didn't realize her own scope. Besides, she has a great sense of humor.
Yes. But time constraints did not permit. It's a true page-turner - audibly.
Wonderful book. It started out a bit slowly, but still with some anticipation of where is it going. It will make you laugh out loud. It will make you angry. Tears will flow down your cheeks, your nose will run, and your sinuses will ache. I'd love to meet Louisa Clark in another book. All the characters were portrayed realistically.
I loved this book. Even though the subject could be a bit depressing, some how JoJo Moyes kept it upbeat and one couldn't be sure of the ending. Thus, I found the story rivetting and compelling. The characters definitely came to life.
This is an exceptionally well written book that explores a challenging topic, life as a quadriplegic. I really enjoy books that explore different ways of looking at difficult topics and invite you to really think about an issue. The characters in this story were very believable and well nuanced. I never cry for books, realizing that they are just fictional stories. But if this story doesn't bring a tear to your eyes, nothing will.
Probably, though I'm not one to listen to books again and again. I just loved the characters so much.
Lou, although I really felt for Will's mum. What a heartbreaking position to be in.
The emotions, the pacing. All wonderful.
On one hand, yes, I would have loved to listened to the whole book at once, but once I neared the end, I wanted to slow down so it wouldn't end.
It's kinda pathetic knowing how it was going to progress and end, but still getting sucked in and holding back tears as I drove down the freeway.
In my five best ever
The tackling of a grave subject : euthanasia
Never read her before but am about to read "the last letter from your lover"
Cry... buckets Absolutely brilliant that despite the obvious love between the two main characters, she has not fallen into the sticky sweet trap of a happy ending.
Well researched and well directed, her ideas never fall into easy opinions or too much religion rectitude, the subjects are grave and still the whole story has a certain joy. Joy of living of the girl protagonist. An absolute discovery for me. A book one grieves when it's finished!
Living in a country in which euthanasia is tolerated, i never thought much about the opinion of people in other countries. Interestiing. Nor does it mean it is absolutely the right thing to approve. But in some circumstances it is a right to defend, even if it still constitutes a luxury (costwise). Mind you if your illness has an effect whatsoever on your mental capabilities, your right to terminate your life is immediatly withdrawn.