Another first in my library. I wish for a different ending but then it would be classified as nothing new. the provocative decision of Will Traynor is something I cannot reconcile with.
A very good listen and no credit regrets.
This was a really good but tragic story that gives a glimpse of what it may be like to have once had it all and then no longer having the desire to go on living if you can't do it on your own terms. This is a rich, warm, yet sad story that draws you in and makes you pray for a miracle.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
Reading/listening to this book was a very "satisfying, engaging experience". The characters, although somewhat cliche, are realistic and well developed. The way they relate to each other is very believable. The story follows an interestingly complex course. The author handles issues such as quadriplegia, care giving and assisted suicide, which are integral to the story, with the taste and respect they deserve. The story is thought provoking as well as utterly entertaining.
The different narrators add to the characterizations. I really enjoyed the narrator who lends her voice to plucky Louise.
Louise is exactly as Will describes her on his final letter to her; she carries her feelings on her sleeve. Although she would certainly be fun to go out with, it is Will Trainer who I would love to have a chat with. The reason why he makes the choice he makes in the novel would be the topic of our discussion.
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I am not big on "romance" but, although this book is about a relationship between two people that develops into a romance, there are enough equally important elements in the story to engage our brains as well as our hearts.
I'm so angry this book made me feel so horrible. Life is full of ups and downs and there are plenty of situations in this world to feel sad about... I don't want to read a gut-wrenching tale of whoa that brings forth tears to the point of a stuffy nose!
I prefer uplifting happy tales to entertain me. Had I realized what I was getting into I would have never have even started this book :-(
This story provokes thought, long after the Audible credits are over.
The narrators were all EXCELLENT!
The author did a wonderful job of letting me feel like I was right in the middle of the story with the characters. There weren't any boring spots and I didn't want the story to end.
I loved Lou's quirky character interacting with Will and his grumpiness. On the surface Will's Mum appears to be rather cold and critical of Lou's efforts to change Will's attitude. At first, I didn't really like her. Later, I was able to see she was hiding behind that gruff exterior to shield people from seeing the pain of, her son's diminishing life and, a failing marriage. It made me think about other people that I've just met that seem rude or unreasonable and wonder what they have hidden behind their own shields. One never knows what cards other people have been dealt!
I'm not even sure how this book found its way into my Audible library. Did someone recommend it, was it on sale, maybe there was something about it on Facebook? All I know is, this book touched me in places I never knew existed.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
The synopsis of this book's plot might cause you to assume a dreary medical procedural, with lots of discussion of treatments. Almost none of that occurs. The male protagonist is a quadriplegic, but the story is about what happens when people from completely different walks of life are thrust together in co-dependence. The story is told variously from the points of view of several of the primary and secondary characters, weaving together a plot that is driven by need, desire and deep emotional development. It contains every element a memorable book requires: pain, humor, love, fear, selfishness and kindness. A little bigotry and understanding thrown in, too. I am telling everyone to read or listen to this book. One of the best ever.
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
Like another reviewer, I listened to this book very quickly -- I could barely put it down. The characters were engaging, the performance was great, and the story line was interesting. I wept through parts -- all the makings of a 5 star book. However, at the end I felt a little manipulated emotionally and felt that some parts were not terribly believable, or weren't written with the depth required to make them so. So in the end, I really enjoyed it, but was left a little dissatisfied all the same.
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 love books!
This is my second book by English author JoJo Moyes. This is her most popular and crtically accaimed book while all but one of her books are rated above 4.0 on the audible 5.0 scale, so a lot of people like her writing. This book is set outside of London and has a 26 year old gal whose job of 6 years as a waitress just ended when the cafe she worked in closed. She gets hired on to be a caregriver to a quadriplegic accident6 victim who has a death wish. Very well written, and as you might imagine this book really pulls on the heart strings. It was easy to keep reading. This book brings to mind the 1981 movie, "Whose Life is it Anyway", starrinig Richard Dreyfuss for anyone who remembers it. This one is well worth the effort.