Beautiful writing, incredibly compelling story, very well read.
Emotionally engaging, smart, and also so funny at times that I laughed out loud. Explores important and difficult issues of life and love.
I inhaled this book and am still feeling the after shock.
Listened to it for my book club, we get it; quadriplegics have a tough life. I just didn't need every detail. This story could have been told in half the time.
To much detail of medical needs, took to long to find out what the heroins deal was and once we did took forever for anything to happen and then the ending was not rewarding.
The narrator was okay, I prefer recordings with different voices for different characters.
half of the time , the other half was wasted
Because I am an artiist, I much prefer to save my eyes for my work and listen while I work. It gives me pleasure to be able to multitask, and I find I work better when I have a book that captures my imagination. It is a win, win.
When I realized that there was a romantic spark.
At the wedding of the ex when they danced in a wheelchair. It was such a sweet and tender scene. Yes I can imagine that this has happened in real life.
I found both of the principles were strong and showed tremendous growth, plus I loved the strong colorful personalities shared with the reader.
This was such a delightful haunting story that gave so many insights into the life of a paraplegic and the struggles they face to find meaning life. .I love the profound effect that they had on one another, This will be a story not easily forgotten, and I want to remember
the insights gathered. .
A quiet story about tragedy and loss without the sappy romanticism of "Love Story." Jojo's ability to keep the story taut by not allowing her characters to 'gush" is very refreshing. Kept me straining against the narrative for a break through that never came. The ending brought me to the surface a bit fast...kinda got the bends...but the characters hung around in my head for several days afterward.
I loved the way the story grew and I loved the ending. It's not the ending that I would want, but it's the right ending for these characters.
Enjoyed the accents. Multiple narrators made it easy to listen. Often times, a single narrator, especially a man doing a woman's voice, can detract. These voices were perfect.
Love the title! It works both ways, for both Lou and Will. They each had a profound impact on the other.
Our loves don't always come in convenient, perfect packages.
Realistic, compassionate, well-written
The protagonist, Louisa
Excellent narration by all readers
I kept passing this book by as I thought it a chic-lit type book....it is anything but, and I think one of the best books of the year. Don't miss it if you like heart-wrenchers.
When I first started listening, I thought the plot would be predictable. Naive small town girl meets and falls in love with bitter quadriplegic and they live happily ever after, the end. Adding in the moral dilemma of an indviduals right to choose really made this good book better. I also appreciated the well balanced humor with tenderness. The only criticism is the random chapters narrated by different characters. Not sure what they lent to the storyline.
genuine, compelling, discovery
I knew I would love this book at the end, regardless of the ending, and I was right.
I loved the dancing scene at the wedding; it made me happy for the characters. I also appreciated the dinner scene at home.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book, but I definitely had a hard time getting out of my car (I listened on my daily commute.) I actually found myself following the speed limit so as to make my ride last longer! :)
One thing I didn't like was a shift that one of the characters makes in thinking that I didn't really undestand. All things considered, though, I loved the book, deciding even before I knew the ending that it deserved the highest praise. I love the way it ended, and I especially appreciate the way the theme played out.
I am pretty picky as to what I enjoy reading. This book was a delight. The writing, story-line and narration were all excellent. I could not put it down and was very sad to have it end. It was funny, sad, insightful and thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommend.
I was well into this book before I even realized that it was a study on "right to die" politics. That is how engaging and believable Moyes' characters are, and how intimately she helps you to grapple such an intense subject. This is not merely a book about what inspires us to live our lives fully, it's about two people who help each other live, love and grow. I became very attached to both main characters, and celebrated their relationship - flawed as it was.
The narration was pitch perfect. Specific accents were used to denote class and mood. Even when a new narrator would occasionally enter the story with their own chapter, it served to remind you that there were REAL other people affected by the actions of the two leads.
Take a chance on this one. I was glad I did.. . .