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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Garth - past-life Murmillo
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.
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.
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
I am a regular busy 50 something woman who really loves being able to listen to great stories while I am walking the dog or working at home.
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.
retired active 60 year old living in Mallorca
What a story, JoJo Moyles manages to bring warmth and interest to a story about disability. Her characters are whitty, humorus clever and totally believable. More than a book with so many different people reading, the book apppears more like a play and is very well read.
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!
A book that continually is on my mind, and gave me a very different perpective in to a very touchy subject.
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.
It was well read with understanding and feeling
All of them in their own way were memorable.
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.
Lovely..just lovely..this is just the best, touching book ever!
The story touched me,I'm sure it would to You. :😊😊
Best narration I have heard in a book so far. Beautiful story and great storytellers.
"don't love romance but this is the exception."
amazing I don't like romance novels but I loved this. for different chapter point of views it had different voices and it really helped with the story.
Overwrought and overwritten. The whiny central character is not believable. A tearjerker without substance. The only redeeming feature is the sympathetic treatment of assisted dying.
One of the best, maybe even the best, listen since I started listening to audiobooks. Great narrating, you believe the voices. Usually I'm not to fond of several voices in a title, but it suits this story! Definitely recommended!
"A Beautiful Story"
The way the story developed and the twist and turns it took and the awakening
Louisa, she thought she was helping Will to only discover that in turn he was helping her
In the end where they spent time alone and were just with each other it was so beautiful
Definitely Louisa as she is so quirky and bubbly and always thinks of something to say, she is a conversation starter. I would also like to see what she would wear, I would hope that its those bee tights lol
Even though you knew what needed to happen you hope that maybe it would not and when it finally did it was so beautiful and you felt the pain the joy, the freedom and the love in the characters
"Loved it. Looking forward to read more..."
Loved it. So many tears :-( It usually takes me longer to finish an audible but I just couldn't put this one down...
"Too often put our needs in front of others"
Brings you to a place of realization;
What we think is right for someone to what they really want for their life.
Quality of life.
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