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Me Before You: A Novel | [Jojo Moyes]

Me Before You: A Novel

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.
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Publisher's Summary

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common - a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, what do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

©2012 Jojo Moyes (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Elsie Beach Lake, PA, United States 04-01-13
    Elsie Beach Lake, PA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderfully insightful book and excellent narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very great story, insightful and bittersweet.


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

    When she goes to Switzerland.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Lyons – was your favorite?

    Clark. . . she tries so hard.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You think you know what you would do - you don't!


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    Joseph Southlake, TX, United States 04-01-13
    Joseph Southlake, TX, United States 04-01-13
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    "Unjustifiable act in beautiful story remain unjust"
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    Difficult to compare with anything else.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Voice inflections and British accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Powerful, yet delicate.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable even though a different ending would have made it better.

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    03-30-13
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    "Decisions Most Difficult!"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

    This book is very difficult to pause. I wanted to listen to it all the way through in one sitting. The book showed how people live differently depending on job skills, education, and money yet, no one is exempt from struggles and difficult decisions. Your sympathy was with both families. Being unable to make decisions for ourselves is difficult on occasion but for Will it was a constant way of life. Then, he made the most important decision of all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa put so much effort into making life better for Will no matter how uncooperative he was. He definitely was uncooperative. She never gave up.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Lyons – was your favorite?

    Louisa Carter was terrific as the caregiver. I loved the way Will called her "Carter". Susan Lyons did an excellent job of portraying her as well as the other characters. She was spot on with Camilla, Nathan and Louisa's family. Susan brought out all emotions.


    If you could rename Me Before You, what would you call it?

    The Care Giver


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    Ann Golden Valley, MN, United States 03-29-13
    Ann Golden Valley, MN, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unique Love Story"

    Very good narration and is a kind of love story that you don't get to hear everyday.

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    +Suzanne delhi, NY, United States 03-28-13
    +Suzanne delhi, NY, United States 03-28-13
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    "Great listen!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and wish I could find more like it. The storyline was not predictable at all and the readers were wonderful. It is a very heartwarming story.

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    Jeanne Coulson St Charles, IL, US 03-16-13
    Jeanne Coulson St Charles, IL, US 03-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Exceeded expectation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, truly enjoyable to listen to, has everything you want I a story. There is the right amount of quirkiness, humor, seriousness, touching moments and thoughts to ponder.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    Similar to any Mauve Binchey book in that the author really makes you feel like you know the characters intimately.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pivotal moment of change for Clark in the maze and the hospital in Switzerland and the wedding


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The maze, the hospital and the reading of the letter


    Any additional comments?

    The performance of the narrator added to rather than took away from the story

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    Carol LARCHMONT, NY, United States 03-11-13
    Carol LARCHMONT, NY, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderfully Heartwarming"
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most touching books I've listened to s far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most of all I liked the fact that it dealt with a problem that iws often overlooked by both doctors and caregivers. I think that spousesw, caregivers and those in the medical pofession should read this book. I was touched also by the realistic portrayal of these sypathetic, generous characters.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No. I never wanted it to end,.


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    Carol Woodstock, VA, United States 03-04-13
    Carol Woodstock, VA, United States 03-04-13
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    "a real tearjerker!"
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Love is not selfish!


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    The Choice. Both characters making life and death decisions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the horse race


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    the main character, Clark, not sure of the spelling


    Any additional comments?

    The best book I have ever read

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    Robbi United States 03-04-13
    Robbi United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story"
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa, her quirky spirit. I liked Will also, great sense of humor


    What does Susan Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her accent


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

    Both, mainly laugh at Louisa's dry wit and interaction with Will


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Portola Valley, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Kathleen Portola Valley, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story, well written, good narrator."
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    Ann Patchett's Bel Canto or State of Wonder. Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Seamless. I focused on the book; not on the narrator. She brings all characters alive.


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