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Me Before You | [Jojo Moyes]

Me Before You

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Rachel Oxford, United Kingdom 24/01/2012
    Rachel Oxford, United Kingdom 24/01/2012
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    "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.

    43 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    R. Dang England 08/06/2012
    R. Dang England 08/06/2012
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    "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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David HARROGATE, United Kingdom 08/04/2012
    David HARROGATE, United Kingdom 08/04/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "A great book"

    I read the reviews for this book before deciding to try it. It's not the sort of thing I would normally read or listen to, and the subject did not sound inviting, but I really enjoyed it tremendously. The narration was great, the writing unsentimental but very touching. The characterisations are great, the character development inspiring and believable. I love Jo Jo Moyes, and can't wait to listen to more of her books.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 09/05/2012
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 09/05/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Horsham, United Kingdom 03/02/2012
    Georgina Horsham, United Kingdom 03/02/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Peterborough, United Kingdom 16/04/2012
    Carol Peterborough, United Kingdom 16/04/2012
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    "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.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Boston, United Kingdom 25/06/2012
    Janice Boston, United Kingdom 25/06/2012
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    "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!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Gwyneth Sheffield, United Kingdom 05/03/2012
    Gwyneth Sheffield, United Kingdom 05/03/2012 Member Since 2011

    UK business owner, married living in Mallorca with husband Stephen and dog Charlie. I love "crime & thrillers" also enjoy a softer reader.

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    "Wow - Probably the best read for many a year!"

    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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kaggy 07/02/2013
    Kaggy 07/02/2013 Member Since 2010

    Audible addict. Listens while commuting,walking and any chance possible. Enjoys all genres although is yet to read a sporting biography.

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    "Went far beyond my expectations"



    The only negative criticism I have is that I think the cover and synopsis give the impression that this is a frothy romance. This does not give a true flavour of what the reader/listener should expect from this story. I urge anybody considering this book to look at the other reviews and then buy it - it is that good. This may be a piece of fiction but the characters are real and loveable and I really cared about their story. I finished listening last night and I cannot stop thinking about the themes it covers and the situation faced by Will and Lou. The fact that people in everyday life are dealing with this makes it all the more thought provoking and I know I will be far less judgemental when I read any related news articles in the future.

    My heart is still aching but in the best way possible.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sharon castleford, United Kingdom 10/06/2012
    sharon castleford, United Kingdom 10/06/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "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

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Barbara
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    12/11/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Federica
    Rome, Italy
    29/06/12
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    12/11/14
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    "Heart wrenchingly beautiful"

    I have just discovered Jojo Moyes and this is my third book of hers. She writes beautifully and so far Me Before You is the best! The story line is about a girl who has been retrenched from the little village's café and takes a 6 month contract with a wealthy family to care for their 35 year old quadriplegic son. The story unfolds of two very different lives, upbringings, points of view and the eventual friendship.. which is not what you think it will be boy meets girl, girl hates boy, partings and falling in love.. This is no typical love story and I spent a fair amount of time swallowing the lump in my throat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    24/05/14
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    "fabulous story"
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in my top 3!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story!! Its an emotional roller coaster though


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

    Lou was so lovely and relatable


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best book I have listened to in a long time. I was hooked from the beginning. It really gets you thinking and questioning your thoughts and views on life and death. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I felt it all, happy, sad, angry, confused! This book will stick in my mind for a long time. LISTEN to this fantastic story but have the tissues handy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    DUNSBOROUGH, Australia
    17/11/13
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    "Great "Read""
    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to the book again


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of social issues and perceptions were woven into a realistic story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Lancefield, Australia
    01/10/12
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    "An enjoyable listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Before You to be better than the print version?

    I don't "do" print versions of books. I am studying a degree and have 3 pre-school aged kids including a young baby. If I pick up a book, it's text. My reading for pleasure is all audio as I cook dinner, drive, nurse the baby and other chores.


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

    There was a few laugh out loud moments that surprised the kids.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    OMG, that New Zealand accent of the male nurse. It was soooooo so bad. Has that narrator even heard a NZ accent or was that a guess? Being an Aussie, we have lots of NZ expats living here and many on TV. I am very familiar with the accent and that had not one iota of similarity with it. I could have done much better. I hated that character because of it and just wanted him to shut up and go away. Almost spoiled the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.....have the tissues handy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Frankston, Australia
    27/05/13
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    "There should be a Warning on this story"

    This is a well written, well researched story, but it is sad and very real, I realise this touches a lot of peoples lives!
    I feel there should be some sort of warning so that readers now it is mostly about taking your own life but also about changing another persons belief in themselves.
    Maybe this story is too close to home for me as I have a grandchild with a very serious heart problem!!
    I wish that I had known more of what this story was about before I had purchased it!
    I have to say that I was very reluctant to listen all the way to end but I did, it ended with a bitter sweet note but oh, how I wish I had never bought this story..

    Sandra Colenutt
    Australia

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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