As a clinician I found this novel trite, overly Romantic, inadiquetly researched and Harlequinesque.
The medical aspects; of both the condition and the care, were poorly researched and grossly inaccurate, the primary caregiver; who was never identified as the professional he clearly was; no doubt a “Trained Nurse”, failed to warn our protagonist against the pitfalls of romantic involvements which; for all the wrong reasons, sometimes develop between patient and caregiver; and which almost always end in disaster; which is why medical professionals avoid them like the plague.
But more disturbing than the romantic silliness, was the selfish, overzealous, anti “self-deliverance”, position taken by both the caregivers and the parents. That position was so out of line with current position on self-deliverance and the concept of the “Advanced Directive” as to make this story completely implausible.
I found it very difficult to handle the intensely, selfish, attitudes toward the right of a patient to make an end of life decision without being burdened by the judgment of all those around him!
I did stick with this story to the end. The transparent episode with the visitor from London was exactly what I expected it to be, and the end was exactly what I expected it to be.
This story was very formulaic and delivered no surprises.
My only objection to the reading, which was quite good in general, was the introduction of the primary caregiver, who's voice boomed onto the scene as if out of nowhere; abrupt, too loud, and generally out of sync with the gentle flow of the narrative.
My guess is that, if you’re a woman, and a romantic, with no medically training, and you are oblivious to the current trends on end of life issues, you will probably love this book .
I'm am avid reader who has found I can fit in more books by listening when I drive. I'm a busy mom/grandma who likes to travel and reading is my relaxation so I choose books that keep my interest.
The premise of this story seems ripe for a trite sort of love story, but this story is richer and more realistic. None of the main characters is given an easy way out and the connections between people that are formed are believable and inspiring. If you like stories about real people and how enriching change can be, listen to this story.
I love Harry Potter, Joshlyn Jackson, Kate Morton and just losing myself in a good story.
I loved the banter between Will and Louisa. Their relationship was unique and special, and I felt for both of them.
I loved that I totally empathized with all the characters in the book.
Her performance of Louisa was excellent. She conveyed the words and emotions perfectly of all the characters.
I think when Steven said Will had pneumonia, I realized where the book was headed and it made me bawl.
And, of course, the reading of Will's letter in the end.
This is one of my top five all time favorite books ever.
Unusual and unpredictable story with richly drawn characters. Funny poignant and satisfying. I will definitely put this author on my list of favorites.
Since activities of daily living get in the way of reading - being able to listen to books is the next best thing. Sometimes better.
A realistic view of the life transforming event of permanent paralysis. Specifically for quads. Resonated deeply. An old friend traveled a similar path.
I read this book a year ago and the story haunted me in a way. When I started to listen to audio books I knew that I wanted to re live this one!
You'll love it, will written. Nicely narrated. Simply brilliant.
Touching story about the influence we have on others. It's about selflessness and selfishness. It is set in the UK so the narration has a British accent, which I don't mind at all. It's fairly modern, I think 2009. I really liked the narration and the story itself. It kept my interest, it wasn't slow at all. It's a book I will think about for a long time. It had some deep issues, about things most of us don't ever think about. I like a book that is different and not like others. I highly recommend it.
Such a different book with beautiful, difficult and real content.
The characters were funny and real, totally relatable.
Perfect book sad, funny, true life - Just brilliant.
Jeezus this is a good book. The characters are really camptivating and the dialouge powerful and witty, this is not one of those one dimenstional chick flick romances, but rather true literature, with characters that seem to live on past the page