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.
I am really not sure. This book just did not have enough going on for me. Maybe I'm too old for it? Not sure. Perhaps it was just the pacing...perhaps better read in print, where one can pace themselves. Clearly the subject matter is something that isn't written about often and is extremely important.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was one of the most moving and beautiful stories ever. I guess I was hoping for something as substantive and deeply moving.
Something more intricate and well written. I think I am planning on re-reading Margaret Atwood's Cats Eye.
speed it up girl! Also, her voice was too old for the character. It bothered me a lot. Even tried listening it sped up by 1.25. Worked a bit.
1/2 the book.
I seem to be the minority here. But, all I wanted to do was fast forward to the ending...
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.
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.