P.S. I Love You Audio CD – Abridged, Nov 27 2007
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'A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.' Cosmopolitan 'A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.' Company 'Like an Irish Sleepless in Seattle and almost certainly the chick-lit bestseller of the year.' In Style 'A fun, fresh read.' Marie Claire 'A wonderfully warm and witty debut from a terrific new writer!This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting.' Express 'Wild humour and heartbreak tangled up in one great read.' Cathy Kelly 'Insightful and true.' Deirdre Purcell, Irish Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here,Thanks for the Memories and The Gift. PS, I Love You, starring Hilary Swank, is now a major motion picture. Cecelia lives in County Dublin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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UK actress Victoria Smurfitt offers an ultra pleasing delivery of Ahern's debut novel in her classic easy-on-the-ears voice. All in all, this CD is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
What can happen when high school sweethearts marry? Surely they expect to live happily ever after. But, this was not the case for Holly and Gerry. He died too soon; Gerry fell victim to brain cancer at the age of 30.
Desolate, bereft Holly does not know how to cope with such grief. However, Gerry has left her an unusual legacy - a packet of 10 envelopes, one to be opened each month as she works through the painful days of widowhood. She does have friends who offer support, but these letters and her responses to them are the crux of the story.
I shall not go through the whole synopsis as many of the reviewers have done so before me and the book description above is also explanatory. At the risk of sounding unpopular (I see many voted with 5 stars) my own 2 stars refer to what I think was a poorly executed book. The concept of loss and love are interesting and some of the ensuing situations are even described humorously despite the sad main subject. However all the characters, with the exception of Holly perhaps, are underdeveloped, most descriptions repetitive and the storyline predictable at best.
Perhaps my negativity about this book is due to the fact that I was expecting not Shakespeare certainly, but something more maturely written, as it belongs to one of the `adult' categories of Amazon. I think that the age target here is between 15 / 20 year-olds. Nothing wrong with that however. If you are reading me and you fall into that age group, I think you might enjoy it much more than I did.
A few months after Gerry's death, Holly remains grieving and unable to leave her home. Her mom calls to tell her that she has a package addressed to Holly with the word List above her name. A stunned Holly realizes somehow Gerry marshaled his energy to give her ten months of lists to help regain her equilibrium because he loved her so much he wanted her to live. Now Holly begins to follow Gerry's list with one envelop opened per month as he reaches from beyond the grave to help his beloved return to the living.
Title aside even if it is the salutation of each of Gerry's notes, PS, I LOVE YOU is a powerful character study that focuses on grieving and healing. Holly is a fantastic protagonist who begins to mend through the solace provided by Gerry. Her weird family and her best friends provide sympathy, but cannot help her overcome her dread of life without Gerry. The hero is incredible as he knew when he will die and planned accordingly for what he could do to get his cherished Holly out of her depression and mourning and into the light of life. Cecelia Ahern provides a powerful drama that will leave no one dry-eyed.
Holly, the thirty year old heroine, lives in Dublin and loves her life. Then fate delivers a brutal blow: her beloved husband dies and leaves her a very young widow.
The book recounts Holly's first year after her husband's death. His final gift to her is a series of notes to be opened at the beginning of each month. Each note contains one suggestion to help Holly move on with her life. And each note is signed "PS, I love you."
The book is quite moving as it depicts Holly's struggle to follow her husband's suggestions-give away his clothes, take a trip with her friends-and continue living. She realizes that her life had centered almost completely on her husband--not necessarily a good thing-and now, for the first time, she has to create a life for herself.
My only complaint with the book is that I found the writing amateurish at times. The plot, the characters and the ending were all satisfying and fully developed. However, I winced at some of the writing.
Still I would recommend this book to chick lit lovers everywhere.
Though shallow and corny at times, there were moments when I felt for Holly and wanted to cry with her - but other than that I felt it was just a big waste of my time.
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