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This is my first book ever by Jojo Moyes and I believe it was a good introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I mainly listen to audiobooks while walking, this book had me talking out loud to the characters, smiling at the world and discreetly wiping away some tears.
This is probably the first time I have listened to a book with four narrators, the book tells the story from the point of view of four characters- Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and Ed. After a few moments of discomfort these narrators became the characters, and I am sure that they totally enhanced this book for me. I give them all top marks for bringing these characters alive in my imagination.
Jess is an amazing woman, she has a husband who has deserted any sense of responsibility and disappeared, she has little money but works hard to support her small mismatched family. Money problems dog her much of the way, at one point she makes an error of judgement, however the way she handles that had me applauding her. She is a great mother and Nicky and Tanzie are very fortunate to have her.
I also loved how the children Nicky and Tanzie were very much part of this story with their challenges of growing up and being their true selves. Norman the dog completes the family, and does he come to the party when it really matters - you bet! Big and slobbery but well loved and included in the family.
Ed is almost against his will in the beginning sucked up into this family when he joins them to help them take a step to help Tanzie achieve a dream. They take a car journey together across country which turns out to be no picnic but all the same things happen! Loved the way Ed helped Nicky and Tanzie.
A heart warming emotional read, where honesty, family, personal growth and change and small kindnesses stand out.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved all of them but my Favorite would be Nikki
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I had a few but I don't want to give anything that happens in the book away. I did laugh and cry though
Any additional comments?
This is my second Jojo Moyers book and I wasn't disappointed! I listened to "Me before you" and this one was just as good. You sort of knew what was going to happen but that didn't matter! It was just lovely and I can't wait to get stuck into another one of her books
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I absolutely loved this book and although the listener knows from the beginning where it is going this did not detract from my enjoyment. The multiple narrators really brought the story and characters to life and added to the listening experience. This is so much more than your average chick lit and I was so involved with all of the characters and their stories that I felt rather bereft when it was over! I am a huge fan of Jojo Moyes earlier novels but found 'Me Before You' a disappointing listen - primarily due to the appalling narration. This was a welcome return to form and a compelling, uplifting listen.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
This is the second JoJo Moyles booked I have listened to and unlike the first book I listened to - Me Before You - in this book you absolutely knew what was going to happen almost from the beginning of the book. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. The interest was in the detail that led to the end result. I loved the way that each chapter was narrated by one of the main characters in the book. This was great for an audible book as it made it very easy to follow. The story was like a good old fashioned romantic movie, road movie and good triumphs over bad movie. If you want a book to take your mind off your everyday trials and tribulations download this one.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
This book surprised me. I didn't have high expectations, so perhaps that's what helped this book lighten my week. The author crafted well rounded child characters, which I find doesn't often happen in this sort of fiction (the focus is always on the adults). I was rooting for Jess and her family to succeed, and despite the publisher's description of Geeky Ed being obnoxious, I didn't find that at all. I think Authors sometimes find it hard to write characters that do have deficient personalities but don't totally alienate those around them, just like people in real life, but Moyes really managed that here with all the characters. The performance was great, I loved the readers for the kids and appreciated the change of actor for each character, it made it much easier to follow as an AudioBook.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved the humanity of this book. The story was never slow or boring. Every now and again you need to read something that gives you hope for the human race and this book does.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful