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Me Before You Audiobook

Me Before You: A Novel

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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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    "An enjoyable love story, a bit shallow"

    I enjoyed listening to the story. I found some moments moving and admit that I was drawn in near the end. However, I found the writing, especially the dialogue, to be tiring and somewhat superficial.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Armando Tejeda 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read"

    One of my favorite books, very easy listening. Looking forward to follow up from this author.

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    Jonmontanavega 07-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Tear-jerker worth reading"

    There is a market for tear-jerkers. Me Before You is a tear jerker. That market, for a special book, includes me, a male of the species.

    Implied in the label is the success of an author making readers both treasure and worry to nail-biting about a character(s) and what will happen to him or her next. With successful transport into the tear-jerking tale, the reader disappears into the author's imaginary world, and mundane concerns recede to vanishing. Where the teenagers are, whether or not the bus will come on time, or what to fix for dinner, all become minor problems for later. Much later.

    Good authors in all genres have an ability to make us care about their characters. What makes tear-jerkers special is that the author consciously makes caring about a character the goal of her writing. There are other admirable ways of hooking readers: Gasps of horror, “there but for the grace of God go I" reactions, “wow, how informative” or ‘so hot my panties melted’ panting are all reader reactions an author may legitimately seek. Moyes has sought our tears. She succeeds masterfully.

    There is usually an addition fillip, an additional stimulus, that carries a book above the high water mark set by less original offerings in the genre. Here, Ms. Moyes explores the world of quadriplegia. Her exploration is not so much about how special wheelchairs operate as it is an investigation of how the injured person and those around her respond. Here, the exploration is worth the price of Me Before You even if the story was modest.

    Often there is a formula, a group of tropes, associated with tear jerkers, as with any genre. We the readers can predict the outcome often just from the blurb, or surely from the first few chapters. A well done tear jerkers causes us to question our certainty as to the outcome several times before the end. Reversals happen. Crises are not avoided. Could this be the book in which only the bad guys are left standing? In which there is not "happily" before ever after? I wrote “too predictable” in a note to a friend about a third of the way into Me Before You. There followed several mental “maybe this will end up somewhere unexpected” questions as I kept reading. Whether the story does or doesn’t end up where you (or I) expect, I’ll leave for you to find. Ms. Moyes kept me engrossed to the end.

    Note to Narrators: Good actresses make a stage whisper carry to the back row. Why some narrators can't simulate a whisper while avoiding the necessity of the audience having to pause, rewind and turn up the volume, is beyond me. Surely, if the narrator can't do this, why don't producers fix the problem? Grrrr.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 06-30-16
    Rebecca 06-30-16
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    "Sympathy? Heartbreak? Maybe both."

    Great book!!! So so so good. I was in tears from start to finish.... Amazing author and amazing narrating.

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    Stef 06-27-16
    Stef 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Absolutely amazing! The best book I've read/listened to in a long long time. Very well read.

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    Danielle 06-17-16
    Danielle 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    This was a wonderful story! I would recommend it to anyone! Will be enjoying more books by this author!

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    shivendra 06-17-16
    shivendra 06-17-16
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    "Breathe Taking"

    This book is one of those which you might not find anywhere, the emotions the pain the feelings explained of a disabled man and his love are extraordinary. sometimes you do things which are not logical or discrete in the eyes of the world but you still do. I think once you start and get hang of it after few minutes, you might not want to get out of the car.

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    Nadine 06-17-16
    Nadine 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "tear jerk we but lovely"

    Loved the narrative loved the story loved that it was so raw and made me bawl. Truly a great piece

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    mar (Seattle) 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Offensive language"

    I wish this book had been rated, I would've stayed away has I been warned about the abundance of full language.

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    Reds Mom 06-16-16
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    "Wow!!!"

    This is by far my favorite audiobook so far. I will listen again and again.

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