Based on the reviews I read before buying this book, I am apparently in the minority.
And, although I've listened to books before that I didn't really care for, I have never been compelled to write a negative review, until now.
I had to make myself finish this book. I felt I had already invested so much time (and a credit), and surely it would get better. But overall, it really didn't. I felt that it was very slow, and unpleasant in every way.
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.
I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this but I'm so glad I did. The story and the reader very riveting and I couldn't stop listening. I finished about a week ago and keep thinking about the characters. In addition to the great characters, this story is very thought provoking in a very good way. Excellent.
Oh yes!! It brought such an emotional response out in me and made me feel so much! I loved it!! It was hard yet the author did an amazing job of helping you get it.
It didn't have the ending you would expect but I feel like it was the right ending.
No I have not.
Will because the story was based around him but also he opens your eyes. You hate him, and feel sorry for him then hate home a little more all while loving him.
One of the best books I have ever listened to/read. Really makes you think and feel!!
Long Commute Sufferer...Avid Audible Listener
Perhaps I should've waited a day or two to review, perhaps not. This book is an easy read in the sense that you cannot put it down, you simply can't stop reading. This book is, however, heaving on the heart.
I could go into telling you about the characters and each of their unique and endearing traits, but it's best you see for yourselves. It's really that discovery and unlayering of the heart that makes this book special. So, read this book....no, consume and digest it. There will be laughs and there will be tears. There will be anger and there will be joy.
Lovely, lovely book.
Top 10 but not top 5.
Will Trainer, the disabled fellow.
I loved the voices in this one. I'll search for more by this narrator.
Yes. I listened to it everywhere. The shower, walking to work, even in bed with a sleep timer.
I can't offer any suggestions for improvement.
I think you'll like this book if you enjoy rich characterization and people learning about themselves and changing over time.
Oh my gawd... HUGE alligator tears, splotchy face, body shuddering, and gasping bawling breaths.
This book addresses a very deep issue and presents compelling arguments for both possible outcomes. No matter your opinion, you understand Will's perspective and his decision. You also understand the unparalleled heartache this decision creates for Louisa and the Traynor family.
It's a love story - an amazing, deep, transcending all barriers love story.
And. It's beautiful.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Top 5! I really fell in love with this audiobook. While the story deals with a very serious topic the writing was its opposite; it was so light, comical and warm. Because of that, there were times I forgot about Will's affliction and intention. It was such a sweet, tragic, and heart warming story about love and acceptance, even if that means accepting an outcome you don't want. This is a strong story with strong character development and it just pulls at your heartstrings and it totally and completed sucked me in.
My favorite part of this story is the honest friendship that develops between Will and Lou. It felt authentic and I loved how they slowly broke down barriers and bared their souls - for me that's the making of a real love story.
Oh the narration was great. This whole audio was 5+ stars. If I could rate it higher I would.
The love that develops between Will and Lou was.....heartwretchingly wonderful! I loved that they gave each other so much. She gave him back his identity as a man and brought him joy and he gave her friendship, support and a future.
Absolutely worth the credit, the time and the heart pulling.