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Me Before You

Series: Me Before You, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
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Shortlisted for: Popular Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

©2012 Jojo Moyes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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👌🏻 would recommend

Beautiful story, well written and narrated. Good duration. A book you can get lost in, if you've been looking for a good read start here

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Very Moving

What did you like most about Me Before You?

That I couldn't get enough of the book, the story was very moving and I felt so upset for ages after it ended.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definatley.

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Very touching, everyone should read...

What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

I could relate my life to Lou and made me open my eyes to how big the world is, also
Also putting yourself in wills shoes it touched me deeply and have found myself thinking about this story long after I have finished it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

When Lou read the letter from will, I had tears running down my face to have a good touch me this way I won't forget

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I liked listening to Nathan, and Katrina the best.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes very my pillow was soaking wet as I lay in bed listening trying to hind the tears from my partner as he try's to sleep

Any additional comments?

Recommend This to everyone to read

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Exquisite

I cannot even try putting into words how incredible this story is/was to listen to. I honestly felt as though I were living every moment too. Just brilliant and Thank You Jojo Moyes

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A Weepie

Weepie Chick Lit with a fairly predictable storyline but enjoyable nonetheless.
Annoying main female character narrator. A 'working class' British accent and singsong intonation don't do this character justice.
Easy, light listening.

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Nothing makes me cry...

Nothing! EXCEPT THIS BOOK! Exemplary storytelling, factual, funny, quirky and inspirational. The narration was first class.

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couldnt stop listening

loved it and all readers were fantastic from laughter tears and tears of happiness.

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Couldn't stop listening

I smiled lots, laughed lots and even cried. Look forward to the movie coming out in June. Great story.

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Wow book!

Started out reading this thinking it was just light fiction, easy read. It is so much more, I was drawn in by the story and its characters. Fantastic!

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Loved it!

A beautiful story. Couldn't stop listening to it. The voices are easy to listen to.

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  • Roberto
  • 29-06-2012

Simply beautiful

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 have 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!

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  • Barbara
  • 12-11-2012

Excellent read

Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A book that continually is on my mind, and gave me a very different perpective in to a very touchy subject.

What did you like best about this story?

Trying to understand two completely opposed views which were so well presented, that at times you weren't sure what your own views were on the subject.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

It was well read with understanding and feeling

Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

All of them in their own way were memorable.

Any additional comments?

A book that tests your perceptions of the right to die with dignity, and the effect it has on those close to you, when they have to struggle with loss and face condemnation from others who knew nothing of the person concerned. A reality check.

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  • Jeanette Maree
  • 24-09-2019

wonderful book

great storyline. It was quite inspiring to get out of your comfort zone. Brilliantly done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-2019

Excellent delivery of a beautiful story

I loved it although the story haunted me for a long time after. Gorgeous performances of a moving tale.

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  • Gabrielle Madsen
  • 16-03-2019

What is Not to Love? (spoiler)

This story has it all. Depth, readability, reality, poignancy, the best heart felt tear- jerker...but it was too sad. (Albeit even this factor was handled so well - with grace and dignity. It speaks profoundly to the right to choose - but that's what leaves me a bit disenchanted...This could have been the most magnificent happy-ending love story...and why not, yes?

Jojo...you are really good; your characters are magnificent and the story equally as well...and I even get the fact that this is the entire premise of the book portrayed exactly through the words of Will to the final end...but...Louisa's mum has it right *winks*

I am not sure I will watch the movie because visually (the characters are so vibrant) it would bring to life the entire fantastic element of this story that I want to end differently. Watching their connection and knowing how it ends...meh, not my cuppa.

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  • Tammy
  • 03-10-2018

PTT

Much better than the movie and l thoroughly enjoyed it.Good Narrative and edge. true life. 🗼

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  • Tine Evald
  • 18-06-2018

Brilliant story and brilliant audio book.

Very well read audio book, the readers are brilliant and it is all consuming, can't put it down when you've started.

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  • A. Buchinsky
  • 11-04-2018

excellent

this was an excellent book that I could not stop listening to, very impressed with JoJo Moyes as it is the first book I have had of hers, will definitely read more

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  • Sundaram Chauhan
  • 18-02-2018

A moving story that will stay with you long after.

I loved the story and the narrative was so professional that I felt the intense emotions that this book was about.

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  • Broosch
  • 04-10-2017

beautiful!

couldn't stop listening. the beautifully told story did not have the ending that i was expecting.

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  • Rachel
  • 24-01-2012

Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

I have loved this book. There have been lines which made me laugh out loud, I've been absolutely compelled to keep playing this for hours at a time to find out what happens next, it has also made me cry like a baby. The final one and a half hours had me gasping and choking like a mad-thing. I don't think a book has ransacked my emotions like this one has for years, possibly since Love Story in the nineties. This is probably 'Love Story- the 21st Century version' in fact.
Me Before You reminds you to appreciate life and try to Live a Bold Life, while tackling a very difficult subject in a very real way with characters you grow to love. Few books touch me like this one. I'm so glad I bought it.
Once I got used to the main narrator's voice as Lou, and decided it fit the character, I really liked it. She was very good at switching between Lou, Will and particularly Mrs Trayor's voices.

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  • Robyn
  • 17-11-2016

A beautiful story

One of those stories I just couldn't put down.

Yes, I sobbed. It is such a beautiful story - a love story with a difference.

Like the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it will stay with me. I am aware of how blessed I am to be able bodied, but life can change in the blink of any eye. It's too easy to overlook / forget how challenging little tasks would be to anybody in a wheelchair, let along a quadriplegic : just look at the tube map the next time you're on the London Underground and see how few stations are wheelchair friendly, or look at the access to shops or buildings.....I am reminded of the need to do my bit on this front.

This book delivers so many emotions. A great way to spend a credit, and worthy of all the plaudits it's received. I hope the movie is as wonderful.

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  • R. Dang
  • 08-06-2012

A great book but it did make me cry!

Initially I was daunted by so many actors narrating on this audio book and wondered if I would get confused with all of the different voices, but I didn't it was fine. It took me an hour or more of listening before I really engaged with the story and then I couldn't stop playing it and finished it in 2 days.
I did cry, which is unusual and if you don't like books that will make you cry then this one might not be a good idea. It did teach me a life lesson though, leading a full life takes self discipline and effort inorder to get the most out of it.
If you want pure escapist entertainment, this is not the book for you.

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  • Kirstine
  • 09-05-2012

An unusal love story

Most of the book is worthy of five stars as the author sensitively and realistically handles the difficult topic of a vigorous, successful man, Will, rendered quadriplegic by a motor-cycle accident. Lou, a young waitress is employed by the man's parents to cheer him up and take his mind off his desire for assisted suicide. Lou is a great character: sparky, funny and down to earth. Her plans to entertain him lead to many humorous scenes and romance blossoms. I felt the romantic fiction element of the book got too sugary towards the latter part of the book, but realism prevailed by the end.
The reader was excellent and though essentially a love story it certainly made me think about difficult issues relating to severe disablement.

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  • sharon
  • 10-06-2012

lovely book

i really enjoyed this book, it was so enthralling that i even had to stop listening to parts of it in public as it was making me cry- like a looney

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgina
  • 03-02-2012

Could not put this down

Oh what a journey! A beautiful, sensitive book about a quadraplegic and his carer and family. As a nurse myself, I felt that Jojo was really in tune with the difficulties faced by those who are quadraplegic. She fills the story with humour and sensitivity all at the same time and I applaud her ability for that. Well written and narrated. Great read and will listen again in the future.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • 25-06-2012

Me Before You

This is probably the best book that I have had read to me on Audible. The narrator was believable and made my laugh and cry! I listened to this at every opportunity I could, in the car, shower, bed, eating dinner and hoping that the traffic-jam continued!

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • 16-04-2012

Me before you

I loved this book , I've seen reviews describing it as breath taking and it did this. It literally took my breath away in places. I yearned to know how it ended half of me wishing for a happy ending the other half feeling that this would let the story down.
It's beautiful and thought provoking , well written snd well narrated.

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  • sue
  • 13-05-2012

brilliant

I loved this book, I thought it was going in a predicatable path but it caught me out, love the charactors I felt like I got to know them all well.

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  • A.G.Raynor-Krill
  • 09-03-2012

A serious subject wrapped up in a good story

I really liked the narrator of this book, she has quite a jolly style considering the subject matter. It is a good story, both sad and uplifting. It gave me a greater understanding of quadriplegics and their carers. But basically it is a really good story with believable characters.

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