Series: Me Before You #1
Narrator: Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Anna Bentink, Owen Lindsay, Steven Crossley, Susan Lyons
Published by Penguin Audio on December 31, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 14 hours, 40 minutes
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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
Louisa (Lou) Clark is a young woman drifting through her life. When she loses the cafe job she loved, Lou struggles to find something she’s interested in and settles for one caring for a quadriplegic, Will Traynor. Will was formerly a highly successful and physically active man who two years after his accident now knows his situation will never improve.
Lou and Will are two of the most unlikeliest people to create a relationship but together they form an odd connection that serves as a lifeline to both. The story uses humor and a subtle level of pathos to address quality of life issues Will faced and Lou’s aimlessness. It also spotlights the general failure of society to provide solutions for the disabled community that would allow them to be more self sufficient. I believed I was hyper sensitive to these issues but found this to be an education.
While there were several narrators used in this story, the main voice/point of view is Lou’s (and she was excellent). The other narrators were used once each for their specific character’s point of view. Though I wish we had more of Will’s, it served the story better that we didn’t.
I loved the story and appreciated how Will and Lou’s relationship developed realistically. It wasn’t predictable and the ending was just lovely, though heart wrenching. Their story will haunt me for some time.