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Me Before You

Written by: Jojo Moyes
Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Engaging story with an unpredicatble ending

I enjoyed this story - I binge-listened in about 3 days as I couldn't wait to find out what happens at the end. It was an unpredictable ending, but it added a good twist to the usual type of romance novel. Almost 16 hours long so it is very good value for money.
The only complain about the performance of the narrator was the absolutely terrible New Zealand accent that she adopted for one of the characters. I am from New Zealand and believe me, she did a very bad job. Better to have stuck with her own accent than try to use an accent that she clearly cannot do.
I watched the movie after listening to the audio book and the audio book is so much better than the movie.

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Awesome read

I couldn't stop crying after reading the book . A great read if you're looking for something special. It's like a world full of emotions. Loved it from the whole of my heart.

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Heart-wrenching and vividly engaging

The book is very well written and expertly narrated. The difficulties experienced by a young man in a wheelchair have not only been thoroughly researched, they are totally realistic, without being maudlin or sentimental. Whether or not you agree with the choices made, the book clearly reflects on the one hand our physical limitations and on the other the boundless care and affection that human beings can have for each other in the face of adversity and affliction.

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amazing

great book to hold you for 16 hours.. and moreover the way narrator narrated the story it is mind-blowing...totally loved it

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Great heart touching story!

Completely unexpected story. Definitely worth listening to. Quite different than most other love stories. Be ready for an emotional head shot.

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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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  • 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 Madsen
  • 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. 🗼

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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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  • Broosch
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-16

👌🏻 would recommend

Beautiful story, well written and narrated. Good duration. A book you can get lost in, if you've been looking for a good read start here

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  • Barbara
  • 04-09-14

Very Moving

What did you like most about Me Before You?

That I couldn't get enough of the book, the story was very moving and I felt so upset for ages after it ended.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definatley.

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  • Denee
  • 25-07-14

Very touching, everyone should read...

What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

I could relate my life to Lou and made me open my eyes to how big the world is, also
Also putting yourself in wills shoes it touched me deeply and have found myself thinking about this story long after I have finished it.

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

When Lou read the letter from will, I had tears running down my face to have a good touch me this way I won't forget

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

I liked listening to Nathan, and Katrina the best.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes very my pillow was soaking wet as I lay in bed listening trying to hind the tears from my partner as he try's to sleep

Any additional comments?

Recommend This to everyone to read

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  • Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King
  • 25-07-18

Exquisite

I cannot even try putting into words how incredible this story is/was to listen to. I honestly felt as though I were living every moment too. Just brilliant and Thank You Jojo Moyes

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  • Shane
  • 12-07-17

A Weepie

Weepie Chick Lit with a fairly predictable storyline but enjoyable nonetheless.
Annoying main female character narrator. A 'working class' British accent and singsong intonation don't do this character justice.
Easy, light listening.

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  • Marina
  • 10-06-16

Nothing makes me cry...

Nothing! EXCEPT THIS BOOK! Exemplary storytelling, factual, funny, quirky and inspirational. The narration was first class.

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  • Brrenda
  • 08-06-16

couldnt stop listening

loved it and all readers were fantastic from laughter tears and tears of happiness.

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  • Clare
  • 25-04-16

Couldn't stop listening

I smiled lots, laughed lots and even cried. Look forward to the movie coming out in June. Great story.

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  • Deirdre Glover
  • 07-10-15

Wow book!

Started out reading this thinking it was just light fiction, easy read. It is so much more, I was drawn in by the story and its characters. Fantastic!

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  • Mordsith
  • 29-09-19

I love this series so much

I love the books I loved the movie and it would be awesome if they made two more movie's