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Me Before You Audiobook

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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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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    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 03-28-13
    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 03-28-13
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    "Contraversal Topic - Ambiguous Feeling With Ending"
    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes, but not too soon. Took me through a lot of emotions. I wanted a different outcome, yet I gained sympathy for Will's feelings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lou because she evolved through the story.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    I could tell who was speaking by her voice changes.


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

    Yes, I stayed home most of the weekend to finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the writer based the book on a similar experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-20-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Not what you would expect"

    I was not sure what to expect with this book,I purchased it based on the reviews here. I was not disappointed at all. I think the subject was explored with dignity and realism. I was happy that the author did not decide to make the story unreal by writing a Hollywood Happy Ending. The character development of Lou was excellent. It was hopeful despite being sad. The reader was excellent. I would highly recommend this audio

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    AtticusAtticus Bronxville, NY, United States 03-17-13
    AtticusAtticus Bronxville, NY, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2015

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    "I didn't want it to end...."

    I simply loved this book. The author does such a good job of helping the reader to understand every aspect of the situation and the love and desperation that the situation brings with it. I loved Louisa and I loved Will and Nathan. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am already missing all of the characters and imagining where they go next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela BARRINGTON, RI, United States 03-07-13
    Pamela BARRINGTON, RI, United States 03-07-13
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    "Couldn't wait to finish. Didn't want it to end."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story was compelling and handled realistically. The narration was also quite good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the topic and the fact that it was handled in a way that avoided being overly sentimental or horribly maudlin.


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

    I have not listened to Susan Lyon before so I can't compare. But I would happily listen to something else she narrates.


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

    Yes, I really was so anxious to learn how the story was going to play out. But at the same time, I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in memory that I simultaneously couldn't wait to finish, yet didn't want to end. The book could have been extremely sappy and sentimental or horribly maudlin, but happily Moyes did a fabulous job of not exploiting all the drama. Had she done that this could have easily turned out to be a very different book. A great story and a wonderful "listen". 5 stars - It was amazing!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Atlanta, GA, USA 02-11-13
    Jennifer Atlanta, GA, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Such an engaging and moving book"
    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    When I first downloaded this book I dismissed it as chick lit, not exactly heavy lifting, and thought it would be something mindless to listen to during my commute.

    Once I got further into it, I realized the book had a lot of depth, and I could not put it down. I brought my iPod in from my car so I could listen to it at home 3 nights. I finished it a week ago, and still can't stop thinking about it. This was a really engrossing book. I can't remember the last time I've been so personally invested in fictional characters, or that I've cried so hard over a book. I just wish I hadn't finished it so I could still be listening to it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teri 10-12-13
    Teri 10-12-13
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    "Most pathetic/clueless female character ever."
    What would have made Me Before You better?

    A rewrite with a new female lead not written to be so lame and pathetic.


    What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

    The complete lack of any backbone or intelligence of the lead character, Louisa. How readers (or listeners) can like this book with such a disappointing character is beyond me. The most obvious things she can't figure out, anticipate or wrap her head around? Please. And the description of the book and some reviewers comment on how close her family is. All that was mentioned is how often her family makes fun of her, calls her stupid and has absolutely no expectations of her beyond getting a new job at a cafe, if she's lucky. In my world, that's not a close or supportive family. I feel like the author expects readers themselves to be a bit clueless to accept anything in this story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Maybe. She wasn't great, but she didn't make the story any worse, that's for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit or your $. There are SO many better stories out there!!! If a tear jerker is what you're after, listen to something beautiful like The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - an amazing story that will make your heart break at times.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-05-13
    Nancy LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "so formulaic, I've heard it all before"

    This book is so unbelievably predicable and formulaic, I found myself knowing what would happen or be said before each and every syllable came out. Surely it is a carbon copy of a dozen other chick flicks. After only a chapter or two in, I wanted to stop listening and it only gets worse. I have never written a review before but feel it necessary to warn others. Save your credits for something else, you've heard this all before.

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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 03-01-15
    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One sided."

    The fact that this is well written hides the fact that this is a bunch of propaganda. And it is just out and out wrong! We have a young man, who is very smart, very articulate who is unhappy because he can't play anymore. He ignores the important things of life and is more concerned that he can't mountain climb any more. And we are expected to feel sorry for him.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 02-28-14
    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 02-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I laughed, I cried"

    This is the first book I've read by Jojo Moyes and I'll be on the look-out for more. The characters sprang vividly to life, their voices and personalities unique to themselves. And they are memorable. It will be a long time before I forget Louisa Clark and Will Trainer. The pacing was intense too. The story grabbed me on page one and never let go.

    The one cautionary note I have to add is that looking at the cover design, this book looks to me like a fairy tale romance. It's not. In my opinion, it's so much more. But I think if you are looking for a formula American romance, you may be disappointed.

    In these reviews, I always try to think of another writer to whom I can compare the style of the work. Moyes reminded me a little of Liane Moriarty, a little of George Elliot and a little of Kurt Vonnegut. But really, she's in a class all her own.

    Recommend.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anne MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 11-01-15
    Anne MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 11-01-15 Member Since 2014

    AnneRob

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    "Forget the silly title, this is the story you must read!"

    This is a story of great depth. The author takes you into a world that you probably do not know. The characters and what they experience will stay with you long long after you have finished the book.
    This is the story of two people who under normal circumstances would never have met. But in their meeting and in their decisions, the lives they live you will experience the moral quandaries that they face.
    You will laugh and you will cry but you will not want to put this book down.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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