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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
UK business owner, married living in Mallorca with husband Stephen and dog Charlie. I love "crime & thrillers" also enjoy a softer reader.
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.
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.
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!
"Unbearably annoying narrator."
People who enjoyed being read to in pre-school. The female narrator who reads the part of the main character (Louise) does so as if her audience are 5 year-olds listening to a fairytale. That slow, too deliberate, sing-song, patronising tone some people use when addressing small children. I'm halfway through and I don't think I can bear it much longer.
Read to your audience as if they're adults - because they are.
I want a refund!
"Great book in every aspect"
Unfortunately, I have not read the printed version, so I can't say.
There were many, but the two that really touched me, was when Lou and Will are on the beach in Mauritius, and she sits on his lap, and tells him how much she loves him, and the other one is when she is with him in Switzerland, and they have their last intimate moment together.
He accent was perfect, and she could relate to the mood of the moment.
I just loved this book. It made me laugh and cry. I was really sorry when it was finished.
This is one of the best books that I've listened to in a long time. I highly recommend it.
"Brilliant, real and thought provoking"
Wonderfully written. And brilliantly ready .
Thought provoking, and funny.
Subject matter interesting and well researched. Really enjoyed it.
Highly recommend it.
"Three Star Performance"
The book was fairly enjoyable and I am not certain that I would have enjoyed it more had I simple read it.
The narration was good pet character, but I did not feel the need for individual character voices, especially sincere primary narrator did a great job of assigning clear voices and accents to each. By the time the "other character voices" popped in I already had a clear vision of the character and to me the additional voices simply interfered with my mental image already created for each character.
Overall not a bad listen. Unusual, interesting, subject matter added to a standard romance story line.
"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.
Its in my top 3!!
I loved the story!! Its an emotional roller coaster though
Lou was so lovely and relatable
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.
Yes, I have already listened to the book again
Lots of social issues and perceptions were woven into a realistic story.
"An enjoyable listen."
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.
There was a few laugh out loud moments that surprised the kids.
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.
The ending.....have the tissues handy.
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