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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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a really great novel

i absolutely loved this book. the storyline is written beautifully and the narrator did a fantastic job reading it. i highly recommend it

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Damn you Moyes!

I got this audio book because I wanted to "read" the book before watching the movie. I knew only bits of the story and never imagined how deeply enthralled I would become!
The voices were easily discernable throughout the entire book. the inflections of emotions were done perfectly as well.
Great story! I laughed out loud and caught myself unable to turn off the story at times. My heart hurts after finishing this book.

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Mixed Emotions

Very good read. Enjoyed the character perspectives of each other and did laugh out loud a few times. Not the ending I was expecting.

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  • rlme
  • Indianapolis, IN United States
  • 09-02-16

I Love This Story! I Love This Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I Love this Story! I Love This Book! It's captivating , moving, funny, and sad at times. this book keeps your interest sparked with anticipation of what happens next! I love the Narrator for Louisa! I find myself speaking like her even when I'm not listening to the book! I can hardly wait to finish the book so I can watch the movie, that was based on the book!

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

The moment Will and Louisa discovered they had feelings for one another!

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

The whole dialogue. I'm not English, therefore I wouldn't have read as an English person. That would not give me the mental picture I'm able to grasp by just listening!

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

Well it's pretty hard to say since there is a movie already made; Bugger! Maybe, Timeless Moments With You!

Any additional comments?

I Love This Story! I Love This Book!

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An amazing listen

Very much enjoyed the novel. Found it very moving and touching, I couldn't put it down!!

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Absolute delight

I have never been so transported by a story and reader. I am not sure I can begin another audible for fear of disappointment after this delight

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disappointing

felt obliged to finish but not that enjoyable for such a highly rated audiobook.

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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.

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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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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.

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