I have been listening to many audiobooks lately, but this is the first time I feel the need to write a review. This is probably the best audiobook I h..Show More »ave listened to, so far. The story was moving, touching and gripping. At times, I simply couldn’t stop listening. Several times, I found myself laughing out loud or crying. The characters are extremely well-defined, but honestly I believe that what made of this audiobook my favorite, is the main narrator’s performance. I would listen to her voice for hours! She was able to interpret the characters superbly and for me it was always easy to understand which character was speaking. When it was time to choose my next audiobook, I was extremely sad to find out that she has not read many of them yet.
Please forgive my mistakes, English is not my first language… but audiobooks are a lovely way to improve it!
This book starts with a simple bad luck story - in a very class-conscious country a "lower class" woman loses her menial restaurant job, which has hel..Show More »ped support her family, and takes on a position as an "emotional" caregiver for a quadriplegic. His family has substantial economic resources and spares nothing in providing care for their impaired son; the protagonist, Louisa, is hired on, not as a medical care provider, but as a sort of lifestyle assistant, to improve the man's quality of life. This works until she learns that she is to be his babysitter to stop his suicide attempts - of which there has been at least one. She dislikes this premise when she learns of it but continues on to fulfill her contract, and Will's mood, appearance, and enjoyment of life gradually improve. She takes him on outings, to concerts, buys voice recognition software for his computer so that he can be part of the disabled community and form friendships, thus expanding the scope of his life.
At first I thought this would be predictably about how the able-bodied/impaired learn to relate, like each other and then fall in love. In this story, they do form a bond, of sorts, eventually, but it's not enough for Will to want to continue his life.
The story then moves on to considerations of assisted suicide, and asks the tough questions about quality of life and what level of quality is worth preserving. I won't spoil but the resolution of the story is handled with dignity and grace. Along the way, added to the mix are the emotional forces of those around Louisa and Will who have their own opinions and agendas.
Though well-written and full of laugh-out-loud moments, the book is not a front-runner on the audible home page, and I just happened to find it while browsing the "back room". The book truly deserves the 5 stars I've given it.
I would recommend a different title and cover design - both mislead the audible shopper towards the romantic and chick-fic genre and the story is so much more nuanced and complex. (Note: I am not disparaging chick-fic, and think it's a valid genre for entertainment purposes. But there are so many other reasons to read - learning how others live and handle life's challenges, appreciation of beautiful writing, virtual tourism and escape to other environments, handling conflict resolution, the list can go on.)
This is a terrific read, unconventional and unpredictable, and illustrative of larger questions than life in the present moment.
This second book of the "Me Before You" series didn't keep me up late reading. This novel loses the character depth and insight of the ..Show More »first book, and is comprised of a string of "mini" dramas. The intensity that made the first novel exceptional is lacking in book two.
Ms. Moyes brings most of these dramatic relationship issues to closure far before the novel ends. Several times, I thought that the novel over, primarily because there was not enough storyline substance left to the reader's imagination. The book could have been significantly shorter.
There were some medical situations that should have been researched more extensively, and were not very believable.
"After You" tiptoes toward the chick-lit genre, Narration was very good,