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
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!
I laughed out loud and sobbed my heart out. I got angry and then scared. I disagreed and then approved. It was the most emotions I have ever felt during a story. I recommend this series to every one
I cant remember a book I have read or listened to that grabbed me this much.
The heroine was the best. You just have to listen to the series!
Say something about yourself!
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!
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.
Wonderfully written. And brilliantly ready .
Thought provoking, and funny.
Subject matter interesting and well researched. Really enjoyed it.
Highly recommend it.
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.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
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.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
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.
"Will get you thinking"
Well written. All about the difficulties of people living with severe disabilities. Pull at your heart strings and the moral arguments of assisted suicide.
"A very moving story."
The way it dealt with disability
The sensitively written characters
yes very well narrated with various voices
No I needed to hear it in stages partly because of the emotions and because I was enjoying it so much I didn.t want it to end
I would like to hear a sequel but it would be a difficult book to follow up. It has had a lasting impression on me and I would recommend it to others. It is a happy book.
"Tissues at the ready"
One of the best books I have ever read
This affected me for a few days after and I wil be hearing it again
"New century love story"
Looking at life through Louisa's eyes.
The way the author dealt with a difficult subject, with compassion and understanding without being patronising. She really understands human emotions, and It made me laugh and cry out loud.
The narrator for Louisa was exceptional.
Best before 19 march 2007.
The only thing I would have liked the author to add to this book is a chapter from Will's perspective. It is still however a beautiful read.
"Moving story which has been well written"
This is one of the best audio books I have listened to recently
I real love story
I enjoyed the narration of all the characters but in particular Louisa
"One that will stay with me for a long time"
Will, an aggressively successful mid-30s city slicker left a "quad" after an accident, gets - as his carer on a 6-month contract - a put-upon, stay-at-home 27-year-old woman, Louisa, crippled by her past. Against the backdrop of their more (and less) dysfunctional families, they gradually transform each other. Along the way, we are drawn into the moral and emotional maze of Will's desire for a Dignitas death. It sounds gloomy, but actually there is lots of laugh-out-loud humour (the banter between Will and Lou is brilliant) and the ending - in my view - is exquisitely resolved. I have the impression that Jojo Moyes covers the realities of being a quad from just about every angle (although as an AB, I am not qualified to judge), with huge sensitivity and respect. I think perhaps the title "Me before you" is a pointer to the selfishness with which we all act towards others and react to their choices. We listened to this in the car, and my husband drove slower and slower so that we wouldn't get home before the end!
This audiobook is also brilliantly narrated, primarily by Jo Hall, but with other voices coming in on isolated occasions, allowing you to see the situation through their eyes. Hugely thought-provoking, highly recommended.
It was very well done. Like other listeners, I was initially concerned about such a variety of voices but it was really excellent and kept me company during many long hours at the office. Frankly, I finished it at about 1am after a long day in the office and the ending totally had me weeping. I'd not heard of this author before, and normally prefer classic literature but 5 stars for this.
The visit to her parents' house for dinner.
Made it more vivid.
The ending truly 'got me by the throat'.
Would highly recommend this audible book to other listeners.
"Amazing, beautifully written - just remarkable!"
This is beautifully and intelligently written. I was captivated all the way through it. I never knew what was to happen next and was charmed until the last few chapters. After that, rather than being charmed, I was like the proberbial rabbit in the headlights. It made me weep so much that, if it had been the written version, I could not have seen the page to keep reading! I felt wrung-out by the end. That said, the ending was perfect. I defy anyone not to enjoy this book.
The narration was also perfect!
"An Excellent Listen !"
I hadn't read any Jojo Moyes or even heard of her before. I purchased this audible because it was part of an offer along with another of her books. I'm glad I did. It is a great book that I couldn't stop listening to. I will definitely be seeking out more of her work. The narration was great as well
"NOT sentimental trash but a thought provoking book"
Yes I probably would, given enough time between listenings. It is a thought provoking story that has references you would want to refer to. It has life lessons throughout and makes you realise just how luck you are and how quickly and simply everyday activity can change your life at the drop of a hat - the phrase 'There, but for the grace of God go I' rings so true. The book provides a perspective that we probably never consider in everyday life unless we either know someone in this situation or are unfortunate enough to be in the wheelchair.
I had no favourite, the book is written so well that you have a warmth for each of them and an understanding of the dilemma they are presented with.
The wedding, the haircut, the birthday and so many more
As soon as I started to listen I was hooked with believable characters, all of which well narrated. I had problems pausing the book so was really pleased when I had train journeys and a day of gardening to hear this through.
It is long, but you don't realise as you just have to see how it unfolds.
A satisfactory ending made the whole thing even more believable.
Read it/Listen to it, but make time for it.
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