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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 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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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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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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Good book, tragically annoying narrator

The book was good. I liked where the author took the story. The story, however, was the only thing that kept me listening. The main narrator was awful. I've listened to over 60 audiobooks and haven't listened to one that made me want to pull my hair out like she did. She actually made the character sound almost mentally challenged. It was infuriating. If you can get past that, then it's worth the listen, or maybe just worth the read.

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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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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

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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Good Story - narration didn't quite hit the spot.

The story was well told and the subject matter was different but I felt the story teller spoke to softly and slowly.

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  • Lia
  • 14-08-20

Amazing Book

I watched the film first, and loved it so much that I watched it a few more times. I watched interviews of the two lead actors and their take on the characters journeys... and that's when I learned it was a book adaptation. Normally I don't like to listen to books after I've seen the film, but this one, I had to- and I'm so glad I did. It filled in so much more of the emotion the film could barely touch on. It painted a far more realistic picture and timeline, of things that went on outside the relationship between Lou and Will, with her family, with Pat... and though this is a book review and not a film review, I have to say you won't be disappointed in either, if you had read it first or seen the film first.

I couldn't put the book down, despite having watched the film several times, despite knowing the outcome... getting a little more insight into everyone's world was addictive. I only wish we could've heard a little more from Will's prospective.
All the narrators were fantastic with the delivery of the story

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-20

A good story

I read the book first but on the whole I think I preferred the film - mainly because Lou’s character isn’t in her bedroom, moaning or crying so much.
The different readers of the book are all excellent and it’s great to get other points of view of the story besides Louisa.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-20

first time listening to this genre

As i am someone who predominantly reads fantasy i found the awkward parts very awkward and some parts to move quite slowly but over all a lovely book that i am glad to have read and thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Kigordid
  • 06-10-20

Amazing

Beautifully crafted. It was amazing. The self awareness is significant and the writing is elegant.

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  • Jeanette Maree
  • 24-09-19

wonderful book

great storyline. It was quite inspiring to get out of your comfort zone. Brilliantly done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-19

Excellent delivery of a beautiful story

I loved it although the story haunted me for a long time after. Gorgeous performances of a moving tale.

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  • Gabrielle H.
  • 16-03-19

What is Not to Love? (spoiler)

This story has it all. Depth, readability, reality, poignancy, the best heart felt tear- jerker...but it was too sad. (Albeit even this factor was handled so well - with grace and dignity. It speaks profoundly to the right to choose - but that's what leaves me a bit disenchanted...This could have been the most magnificent happy-ending love story...and why not, yes?

Jojo...you are really good; your characters are magnificent and the story equally as well...and I even get the fact that this is the entire premise of the book portrayed exactly through the words of Will to the final end...but...Louisa's mum has it right *winks*

I am not sure I will watch the movie because visually (the characters are so vibrant) it would bring to life the entire fantastic element of this story that I want to end differently. Watching their connection and knowing how it ends...meh, not my cuppa.

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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. 🗼