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Summary

Romantic, poignant and endearingly honest throughout, Me Before You is the bittersweet tale of an unusual but powerful love. Often funny, sometimes bitterly sad, it won't leave you the same person you were when you began.

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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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.

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 24-01-12

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.

74 of 79 people found this review helpful

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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.

39 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
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  • 17-11-16

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • sharon
  • castleford, United Kingdom
  • 10-06-12

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
  • Horsham, United Kingdom
  • 03-02-12

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
  • Boston, United Kingdom
  • 25-06-12

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
  • Peterborough, United Kingdom
  • 16-04-12

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.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • sue
  • fordingbridge, United Kingdom
  • 13-05-12

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Roberto
  • 29-06-12

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
  • 12-11-12

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

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  • tammy
  • 03-10-18

PTT

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

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  • Tine Evald
  • 18-06-18

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
  • 11-04-18

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
  • 18-02-18

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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  • Yuko
  • 04-10-17

beautiful!

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

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  • Bailey
  • 08-09-17

So many tears

I listened to this audiobook as a experiment. What is better the book or the movie?

I usually find that the book is better, this was the case as well. While there were some modifications the movie made that I enjoyed, I found myself connecting to the characters in a way I didn't in the film. Learning the backstories and delving deeper into them, I came to think of them as people in my own life. I was supporting them through out there journey, and was happy to know that they arrived at the end with some peace.

A great story, I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-17

Fantastic

Loved it narrated beautifully engaging thought provoking. Funny Sad Romantic hooked me from the start

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-17

What the Dr Ordered

It was just as expected, fantastic.
The narration was spot on, and he length of the read was great as well- couldn't take the headphones out!