Author: Jojo Moyes
Narrated By: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
Publication Date: December 31, 2012
Duration: 14 hrs 40 minutes
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: Louisa Clark has lost her job at a local cafe. She has no idea what to do next when a rare opportunity arises to provide care to a Will Traynor, a quadriplegic whose family owns the castle in their town.
What I loved: What initially drew me to the book was the unique story and also because I had watched the movie trailer and became instantly hooked with the plot.
The beginning of the book is a little slow, but stick with it. This audiobook was a treat in my life while I was listening and every day I looked forward to hearing more and more. Me Before You made me laugh, cry and genuinely think about life and love.
As the book progresses, the story gets even more intense. You will be biting at your nail beds to find out what happens next. Moyes, the author, writes incredibly well and explores some of the best character development I've ever read.
It's not your average love story, but it's certainly one you will never forget.
What I didn't: Some parts frustrated me a little bit including chapters when Lou's family would be extremely hard on her and even bully her. Sometimes, I would get so angry I would even yell at my car radio. It was a strange concept to have her family treat her in such a demeaning way at times, I'm not sure why it was necessary to put in the book.
Also, the story didn't end up being as sad as I had thought and/or hoped, but it still made a deep impact on me.
What I loved about listening: There's something about listening to British people speaking for extended periods of time; I love it.
Lou's narrator spoke softly and somehow also excitedly all at once. Will's narrator proved quite capable of capturing the necessary sarcasm the character portrayed.
It was incredibly enjoyable to listen to every day.
What I didn't love about listening: Although it was exciting to have multiple narrators, there were a couple of chapters at the end with different character narrations. I thought this seemed odd because Lou narrates almost the entire book. It threw me off to have different narrators at the end with different voices than what I had become accustomed to.
Other than that minor detail, my only other qualm was that I wished some of the male parts, like Will, Patrick and Nathan had deeper voices.