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Author: Jojo Moyes Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781101604991
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Louisa Clark is nothing extraordinary, just a simple girl living a simple life. Her boyfriend is steady, her family is close, and she has never ventured much outside of where she grew up. With her new job working for a mister know-it-all and do-it-all, Will Traynor, she could hardly have led a life in bigger contrast to his. Though Will has always lived in grand style -- a world traveler and entrepreneur -- he is now bound to a wheelchair after an accident.

Moody, arrogant, and acidic in his attitude, Will pushes Lou's buttons, but she refuses to coddle him, merely because he is in a wheelchair. Her tough love may change course when she learns that Will has some shocking plans for the future, for his happiness may mean more to her than she realized.

A true contemporary love story, this uncommon couple makes you wonder what you would do if making the person you love the most happy could also mean breaking your heart.

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 in London, England. She was the winner twice of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. For ten years she wrote as a journalist for The Independent newspaper, becoming Assistant News Editor, and then Arts and Media Correspondent. In 2002, she became a full time novelist after her first book Sheltering Rain was published; she still writes articles for The Daily Telegraph. She lives in Essex with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

Discover the love story that captured over 20 million hearts in Me Before YouAfter You, and Still Me.

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 their 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?


Cast of Narrators:
Susan Lyons
Anna Bentink
Steven Crossley
Alex Tregear
Andrew Wincott
Owen Lindsay Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • There are books that you cannot put down. There are also books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience because you don't want the story to end, and that's what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes' latest book, Me Before You. . . . You'll find yourself laughing, smiling, feeling angry and, yes, crying. My only suggestion: Me Before You should be sold with a pack of tissues. The Associated Press
  • Jojo Moyes has written the perfect modern love story.  You will be astonished at what you feel, and what you hope for when you are forced to face the possibility of your own dreams. It's that good. Read it now. Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
  • ME BEFORE YOU is a delicious surprise—funny and hopeful and heartbreaking, the kind of story that will keep you turning pages into the night. Lou Clark and Will Traynor will capture your heart and linger there long after their story has ended. Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters
  • Some books make you stop and think, compel you to examine your own take on life or your position or stand on an issue.  Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You will surprise you—it is impossible not to put yourself in the characters’ shoes and you will find yourself thinking about the choices you might make if life changed in an instant.  I loved it. Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Those We Love Most
  • A lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love People Magazine
  • Masterful . . . a heartbreaker in the best sense . . . Me Before You is achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy. New York Daily News
  • READ IT AND WEEP: Heartbreak collides with humor in Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You. Good Housekeeping
  • Moyes’ twisting, turning, heartbreaking novel raises provocative moral questions while developing a truly unique relationship between two people brought together by chance. With shades of David Nicholls’ beloved One Day, Me Before You is the kind of book you simply can’t put down—even when you realize you don’t want to see it end. . . . A big-hearted, beautifully written story that teaches us it is never too late to truly start living. BookPage
  • Moyes’ latest is made heartwarming, thanks to the vibrancy of its main characters, both of whom will keep readers on their toes with their chemistry and witty repartee. . . .humorous and romantic through and through. Romantic Times
  • “Jojo Moyes has written the perfect modern love story. You will be astonished at what you feel…It’s that good. Read it now.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author

  • A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book. Anne Lamott, People Magazine
  • When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . an affair to remember. New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger
  • An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Funny and moving but never predictable. USA Today (****)
  • Me Before You is a delicious surprise—funny and hopeful and heartbreaking, the kind of story that will keep you turning pages into the night.”

    Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Some books make you stop and think, compel you to examine your own take on life or your position or stand on an issue. Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You will surprise you—it is impossible not to put yourself in the characters’ shoes…You will find yourself thinking about the choices you might make if life changed in an instant. I loved it.”

    Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author

  • “When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it; I wanted to reread it…Moyes disarms the reader with the normalcy of her voice. Her language is never lofty…This is a love story that’s eloquent not so much in its delivery as in its humanity.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Me Before You is one to read…Funny and moving but never predictable.”

    USA Today

  • “An unlikely love story…To be devoured like candy, between tears.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Funny, surprising, and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing…This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love.”

    People

  • Me Before You, at its heart, is about two people who properly listen to each other; it is something good.”

    Independent (London)

  • “One of the year’s biggest word of mouth hits.” 

    Associated Press

  • “A lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Humorous and romantic through and through.”

    Booklist

  • “This is uplift fiction at its best, with fully drawn characters making difficult choices.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Moyes’ latest is made heartwarming, thanks to the vibrancy of main characters, both of whom will keep readers on their toes with their chemistry and witty repartee. Though perhaps a bit too long and drawn out, this novel is touching and sweet enough to engage readers until the bittersweet epilogue… Though humorous and romantic through and through, this novel is sure to break your heart.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2013
  • Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Fiction
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/15/2017

    " Just finished reading this thought provoking novel. This story has a lot to offer as the main character shuffles through a mundane life until she takes a job as caretaker for quad. After learning that her charge is considering assisted suicide she sets out to try to change his mind. Having never really knowing anyone in this life situation, I found myself really thinking about the rights and wrongs of this situation. Very thought provoking. Also loved the style of the writer, straight forward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 | 11/18/2016

    " Gets better each time I read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 2/20/2014

    " So good! Funny, sad, thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 2/18/2014

    " I thought I would hate this book - I read the back and it sounded suitably depressing and not my cup of tea at all. How wrong I was. I generally despise everything in the 'chicklit' category, but thankfully this was entirely different. A book with a soul - something that deals with real issues - in this case, serious disability. I laughed and cried my way through it! I recommend you don't read the back, but just read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqui | 2/16/2014

    " Gives you plenty to think about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/10/2014

    " Loved this! Great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teal | 2/10/2014

    " Run out and get this book as soon as you can. I loved everything about it. I can't wait to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 2/7/2014

    " This book was recommended to me by one of my book clubs. Based on the summary, I would not have read it, but so many of fellow readers loved it that I put I on my TBR list. I still had a couple months left on the wait list, but the local library in my hometown had it available. Because I am only here for a few days, I dedicated myself to reading it. It read surprisingly well. I was very connected to Will and Lou. I really appreciated the chapters from the alternate view points. I would recommend it to others, especially Nicholas Sparks fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/28/2014

    " This was a great story... I finished it quickly because I couldn't wait to see what happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tash | 1/7/2014

    " Waaahhhh no no no I really wish i hasn't read this now :(( argh!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selly | 1/4/2014

    " Una bella lettura, una storia d'amore particolare che commuove all'inverosimile e fa altrettanto riflettere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 12/26/2013

    " I didn't want it to end. A thoughtful examination of euthanasia and what it means to love someone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanda | 12/14/2013

    " Recommend this one. Kept me up late, unable to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/13/2013

    " This was by far the most moving and thought provoking book I've read in a long time... I can't praise it enough. It's highly addictive though, so you'll find you'll be anti social for a whole weekend until you've finished it... and then you'll be sorry you have! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika | 11/13/2013

    " I read it in one night. Amazing,inspiring, life-changing,romantic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 11/7/2013

    " Obsessively read this book, laughed, sobbed, laughed through tears, questioned the ethics, ached for the characters, just loved it. Romance yes but with dilemmas and family dynamics and just so much. A keeper! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadette | 10/27/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. This is the second book by this author, and I can't wait for her third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 10/27/2013

    " keeps you going! not a predictable story, nor ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 7/17/2013

    " This is by far one of my favorite books! What a great story! Must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/7/2013

    " Me Before You was good but somehow I avoided crying. I felt my eyes well up a couple of times, especially at the end, but the book didn't make me weep, although I expected it would. I loved Will and I think he'll remain in y mind for a long time. I wish I knew someone just like him in real life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/22/2013

    " This was a fabulous book to read. It talks about certain issues. But best of all it really makes you think about your own life and what you would do while you still could. Stop saying no and just say yes. Highly recommend this book. It's a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 5/22/2013

    " my god what a sad book , if I had known it was going to a sad read don't know if I would have read it. But beautiful story. Have read one of her other books didn't like it as much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantelle | 5/11/2013

    " WOW!! What an amazing love story but so heartbreaking... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 3/22/2013

    " I loved this book and intentionally left the last chapter for 1/2 a day because I did not want it to end. It was a great love story and a great book about the question of assisted suicide. I am on the fence about it myself so this book was not one sided. Great love story! Bravo Ms. Moyes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vbal | 3/19/2013

    " I so loved this book. I related to different characters in different ways. Cried my heart out at different times. It truly made me reassess life as it is and not as the bubble that I at time live in. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/11/2013

    " Interesting subject matter. "

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a journalist and novelist whose books have often made the New York Times bestsellers list. Her book Me before You has now sold over thirteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke.

About the Narrator

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. His audio narration have earned him the prestigious Audie Award, as well as AudioFile Earphones Awards. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order.