We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (3089 )
5 star
 (1792)
4 star
 (942)
3 star
 (265)
2 star
 (56)
1 star
 (34)
Overall
4.4 (2820 )
5 star
 (1662)
4 star
 (814)
3 star
 (247)
2 star
 (56)
1 star
 (41)
Story
4.6 (2809 )
5 star
 (1839)
4 star
 (769)
3 star
 (155)
2 star
 (30)
1 star
 (16)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    AMANDA WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-05-13
    AMANDA WINTER PARK, FL, United States 02-05-13

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book, I could not stop listening to it. The narrator was amazing and she did a great job differentiating voices of the various characters.
    The story built up with perfect synchronicity along side the development of the characters.
    The Story was heart warming and the subject content was interesting and controversial.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Monique Randallstown, MD, United States 02-01-13
    Monique Randallstown, MD, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Touching"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story line and the characters. Different than anything I've ever read. Hope there's a part two.


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

    When Lu and Will were 'dancing' at the wedding.


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

    Lu, of course. It's interesting to learn what people consider 'living'


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

    Both. I found that I was becoming angry at Lu also for not understanding Will and what he wanted. She and others called him selfish, but I found all the characters in this book to be selfish.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope there's a continuation. I'd like to see what Lu makes of her new life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kristin Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-28-13
    kristin Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good story. Worth my credit."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the character development was excellent. The topic was complex and the author did not shy away from it.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Well, she has a fabulous voice and does a great job with voices. I really liked Lou's (the protagonist's) voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 11-26-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    99
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    475
    153
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story with social agenda"

    This book started out with 1-star, and by the time I was finished it was pushing 4-stars, so due to the slow start, it lands at 3.

    Lost-in-herself Louisa lands a peculiar job as a companion to quadriplegic Will, who has given his parents six months before he goes to Switzerland for assisted suicide. "Me before you" is the tale of those six months.

    Let's be honest, there is nothing surprising in the major themes of the story. There are quirks along the way...Louisa's younger single-mom sister wants to return to college, dad is out of work, mom is a busy body, grandpa is struggling after a stroke, boyfriend is running man, and what will become of the Trainer's marriage? Oh wait, you'll figure that last one out quickly.

    This book is the telling of loved ones coming to grips with a person's choice of assisted suicide and the (predictable) emotions embedded in such a choice. Clearly, the author is pro-assisted suicide and is hopeful this novel helps change peoples' minds on the topic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alexandria Milton New York 08-19-13
    Alexandria Milton New York 08-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Alexandria

    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A question of life or death"

    I almost did not purchase this book because of the awful title, but the customer reviews persuaded me, to my benefit in this case! This is a surprisingly unpredictable story of love and loss, life and death, and of the human capacity for change.

    The publisher and other reviewers have provided more than sufficient plot descriptions, so rather than add to those, I'd like to comment a bit on the debates raised and the quality of the production.

    The main debate presented in this audiobook concerns a person's right to die through euthanasia. It is not a straightforward debate at any rate, and the book does it's best to present the major sides, with all of their complexities. This is the first such work of fiction I've read on the topic, and so I have to say that overall, the author did a good job of really bringing out the arguments, however at times she did so abruptly.

    A few other secondary debates presented in the book concern issues of unemployment and government assistance; class struggle (the most poorly handled in the book, which can be forgiven since it's not front-and-center), and; family strife and familial obligations.

    By far the best (in my opinion) idea presented in this book concerned love, and the human capacity to change in the face of love - and not just romantic love, but familial love. The picture of Will's mother and her struggle to remain stoic in the face of both her son's tragedy and her husband's philandering is perhaps the best in the entire story. She served as the rock of the story, the stable anchor against which much strife and drama takes place. Many times, despite her coldness and harshness, I found myself siding with her against Luisa, who was so painfully oblivious to everything at all times.

    A few critical notes on the heroine, Luisa. I found her to be the least likable character of the book. She was implausibly naive, the least insightful and one-dimensional character of the book, and as such she was the greatest weakness of the story. In fact I think it would have better served the story had it been told through the perspective of her sister or even Will's father, both of whom seemed to possess more human characteristics than Luisa.

    Worst of all was the narration of Luisa, which at times made it difficult for me to distinguish whether I disliked her so much because of the narrator, or because of the writing of her character; I could not distinguish between the two. The narrator is not bad per se, but she was miscast. The voice sounds like that of a 50 or 60 year old woman, when in fact Luisa is supposed to be 26. Perhaps this sounds petty, but I was unable to adjust my perception to anything other than that a 60 year old woman telling the story of how she fell in love with a 35 year old man. Further, because I suspect the narrator is far older than the main character, her telling of many of the jokes and younger figures of speech were presented wrongly, sounding rigid, with incorrect intonation and lacking a young carefree spirit. It sounded a bit the way my grandmother sounds when mocking "young people these days."

    I'm aware that these criticisms sound harsh, and yet it's a credit to the rest of the story that I still enjoyed it overall, and gladly listened to it on my daily walks. I waited a few days before writing my review in order to see if it had a lasting impact on me, if it was a story I'd remember, and indeed it is. I've thought about it since, and therefore I think it's a book worthy of a positive review, with only a few hesitations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-28-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-28-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    155
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    205
    199
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A love story with substance"
    What did you love best about Me Before You?

    I loved the fact that it was a love story without being a romance... in the traditional sense. The characters were well-done, believable, flawed and realistic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could relate to the characters, and while I came along with Lou in her journey, I came to love Will in his cantankerous moods. We all need a friend like Will - one who will tell us the truth and - sometimes because of and sometimes in spite of themselves - push us to live life fully, love strongly, and embrace all that the world has to offer.


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

    I have not heard her performances before, but I will definitely seek some of them out. The other narrators in this book did a good job as well, though I am not sure how this primary 1st-person style works with one character, thhen switches.


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

    The last 90 minutes made me laugh, cry, and caused me to think... it was beautifully ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! It caused me to think, to laugh, to cry, to take a second look at myself, my life, and my presuppositions. Good job, Jojo Moyes!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Poodytat California 03-16-13
    Poodytat California 03-16-13 Member Since 2011

    poodytat

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thank heavens, it's not a romance novel!"
    What made the experience of listening to Me Before You the most enjoyable?

    I was concerned this would be a romance novel (ick!), and I'm glad it wasn't. There eere no easy answers in this book, and the story was not predictable.

    The story involves two people with limitations---one due to a SCI (spinal cord injury) that leaves him paralyzed from the neck down. The other is limited by a bad experience that has left her limited to a circumscribed life in a small town. They meet when she becomes his caregiver. Each person realizes the limitations the othrr is living with and tries to expand the other's horizons. The result is a unique love story, which examines the extent of love, and when it isn't enough.

    This was a book that made me think, and made me wonder what I would do.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth N. Rush Welaka, Florida 03-12-13
    Elizabeth N. Rush Welaka, Florida 03-12-13 Member Since 2003

    Eliza

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    324
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great read, not "predictable" at all."
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Ordinary life, in extraordinary circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The End


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

    Her narration of this book was excellent, don't know about others.


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

    I did. I was very judgmental of all the characters. Once I got past that I was able to laugh and cry. How could this situation not be a source of humor and of tears.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Mont Vernon, NH, United States 10-08-13
    Susan Mont Vernon, NH, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2013

    lilly

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a wonderful book!"

    I highly recommend this for all ages. Three generations read this and all of us loved it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 241-249 of 249 results PREVIOUS12425NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.