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.
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.
When Louisa takes Will on holiday.
Well I'll tell you what I didn't like and that was the ending. I was so hoping Will would change his mind.
Very well done.
Sad. I even looked up on line. You can actually end your own life in certain cerium-stances.
right up there
the final decisions she had to make
seemed to be more deeply moving toward "their" insight, that reading wouldn't have given me
What decision would you make????
This book is going to be on my recommended list to our book club due to the theme. I think it lends itself to discussion post read with intelligent people.
I love books.
This is a book that was on my TBR list for quite a while. I kept getting strong encouragements to read it, but held back because I knew it would be a book that would get me feeling and sometimes it is hard to go into something knowing it might be a little intense. I am so glad that I finally experienced this book and know these characters.
I don't want to talk much about the plot because I feel like going in with a lot of encouragement, but without much of an idea of what the book was about was really great. Louisa goes into her situation with no idea of what she was getting herself into and it really helped me connect to her since we were experiencing everything together. I became engaged in this story quickly, and one of the things I found completely fascinating was that even during periods where the main character was doing something tedious or experiencing a lot of boredom, all of those feelings were clearly relayed but in a way that never left me feeling disconnected. I like that this book brings up problems that don't have clear solutions and cause the reader (or listener) to examine their own beliefs while learning and understanding the points of view of each character. This book is charming, and witty, and wonderful. I adored the lovable dysfunction of Louisa's family, especially her relationship with her sister who was simultaneously a primary source of her frustration and anger as well as her closest confidant and a strong support. Relationships in real life are challenging, and complex and all of the relationships we experience in this book feel real and easily elicited a strong emotional response from me. I was totally engrossed throughout this entire story and would highly recommend it to everyone I know.
The performance is fantastic and the multiple narrators really bring each character life. Each narrator completely fit with my idea of what that character would sound like, and added to the real feel of the story. I think listening to the audiobook version of this was a wonderful way to experience it.