This books strays from the usual and vividly describes a situation that many are unaccustomed to. Having had a close friend in the position of Will, this book gave me insight into the daily struggle to adapt to the "new normal" of daily life but also those shed remarkable light on those that cared for him. The contrast of life before and after is stark and supports the mood of its main character. At the very core, is the fact that no matter Will's circumstances, he still had the ability to touch lives, hearts and reap the benefits himself. A worthy listen, for sure!
Good plot and character development, but I dislike the vulgar language. Is this a cultural phenomenon in England? And to think the English once had command of the English language.
This novel grabbed me from the start, and I loved it right to the end. A working class 20-something English woman becomes caretaker for a wealthy quadriplegic young man. This story is filled with interesting and believable characters, and touches your heart throughout. There are small twists and turns which I won't say too much about, for fear of being a spoiler. While this feels like a story that will draw more female listeners and readers, I think men and women will both like this. It is both a feel-good and sad story. I liked Moyes's One Plus One, yet liked this even more. This was my favorite audio-novel in quite a while.
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.
Assisted suicide is wrong, the same way killing puppies and abusing children is wrong. However, if you listen to Moyes book then you can immerse yourself in a love story that paints a touching picture of something morally corrupt. Killing puppies isn't touching, abusing children isn't touching, and assisted suicide isn't touching - it is wrong.
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 :-(