A rewrite with a new female lead not written to be so lame and pathetic.
The complete lack of any backbone or intelligence of the lead character, Louisa. How readers (or listeners) can like this book with such a disappointing character is beyond me. The most obvious things she can't figure out, anticipate or wrap her head around? Please. And the description of the book and some reviewers comment on how close her family is. All that was mentioned is how often her family makes fun of her, calls her stupid and has absolutely no expectations of her beyond getting a new job at a cafe, if she's lucky. In my world, that's not a close or supportive family. I feel like the author expects readers themselves to be a bit clueless to accept anything in this story.
Maybe. She wasn't great, but she didn't make the story any worse, that's for sure.
Don't waste a credit or your $. There are SO many better stories out there!!! If a tear jerker is what you're after, listen to something beautiful like The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - an amazing story that will make your heart break at times.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
I found this book to be a solid good read; I really enjoyed it thoroughly. The story held my interest. The writing style was quite good, the narration great. An A+ book overall.
This book was creative, funny and thoughtful. The ending was a huge disappointment. Will chose to die, and didn't care one wit about others around him. It seems like his attitude wasn't much of a departure from his life before the accident. He was an ass before and was an ass after as well. The final dialogue between he and Clark is a perfect example of his selfishness. He chooses how his life should be and how he would live it no matter who was hurt. Mother, father, sister, girlfriend. None of them mattered. Ugh! Just completely frustrating...
Change the ending to reflect a less selfish and pushy man.
No, The narrators were wonderful.
I wish I had done more research on this book before I read it. I would not have spent my time listening if I had.
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.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
By now I am sure you know what this story is about so I won't spend too much time discussing it.
Our main character, Louisa Clark is thrown into Will's life and is forced to confront the moral dilemma of whether a person has the right, under extreme circumstances, to take his or her own life.
I must confess that until I read Me Before You, euthanasia and suicide in general, were issues that I never put too much though into.
Like most people raised in the west, I grew up with a pretty typical religious understanding that just like abortion, suicide was immoral, and that by committing it you were spitting in God's face.
After reading this book I have a more open mind, and although I don't necessarily agree with suicide (assisted or otherwise), as the best way to solve our problems, I have much more empathy towards those that might decide that is this an option for them.
At this end, this is why I love reading and getting exposed to new points of view.
There's plenty of reviews on this books out there, but I wanted to put my two cents. i would advise anybody with an interest in social and moral issues to give this book a try.
I realize that my review might give you the idea that this is book is boring and sad, but it is in fact a wonderful, charming love story, it has great characters, witty dialogue and a few unexpected twists that will held your attention.
On a final note, with very few exceptions I usually don't enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators, but the full cast of narrators both male and female on this book were superb.
I think most audiobooks listeners will enjoy it!
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 :-(
I don't remember who recommended this book to me but I should have read a bit before downloading. Not my type of story.
Yes -- the narration was strong.
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.