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Me Before You

By: Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Jo Hall,Anna Bentinck,Steve Crossley,Alex Tregear,Owen Lindsay,Andrew Wincott
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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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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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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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    4 out of 5 stars

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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    1 out of 5 stars

Quite a long slog

This is first audiobook I have considered giving up on, I only made it to the end because I had nothing else to listen to. I found the plot pretty obvious the characters dull and the writing basic. I found the internal narrative of central character repetitive and irritating rather poignant and in all seems far too long.

Sorry not for me

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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

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