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Before I Met You

A Novel
Written by: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Helen Duff
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs - all the usual preoccupations of a woman her age - in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman....

In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....

When Betty's search leads her to a man - someone who meant the world to her grandmother - the secrets of Arlette's past may help Betty find her own way to happiness in the present....

A rich detective story and a captivating look at London then and now, Before I Met You is an unforgettable novel about two very different women, separated by 70 years but united by big hearts and even bigger dreams.

©2013 Lisa Jewell (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Great Beach Listen

Lovely voice - interesting, multi-layered story. Bit of a mystery and a few romances and some fascinating history. All in all, a perfect summer listen!

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Full of twists and turns

I love the story. I thought I had it all figured out but very surprised with ending. Now off to listen to another Lisa Jewell novel.

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Heartwrenching story

This book was slow to start and was a bit different than Lisa Jewell's other books but in the end it was great. Bittersweet ending that had me crying through the last few chapters!

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Great story, awesome performance

Certainly 4 1/2 If I could. Engaging characters, interesting story. The narration was superb- will be seeking out more from both the narrator and author.

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  • cristina
  • 2018-08-13

Awful

I have recently discovered this author. Most of her books, which I have read in quick succession, are great. This one was painful. Stilted dialogue. Stupid "plot." Lazy writing (there is one instance that goes something like this: "She was sure she saw that old look in his eyes, but she couldn't be sure." Seriously? Sure or not sure?). The characters are also quite unlikable in their sheer stupidity. They keep making idiotic decisions that seem inexplicable because they come out of nowhere. Had looked forward to this. Couldn't be more disappointed.

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  • Phyllis
  • 2018-12-23

Not the author’s best...

Story a little forced with what seemed like a non-mystery. The only character that was unique or interesting was “Sandy Beach” and he was only a prop for the story about the two women.

Narrator was fine in her own voice but the accents to identify different characters were just awful. The voices for the male characters were particularly dreadful.

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  • anne
  • 2018-12-14

Kept Waiting For The Story To Begin...

I read "Then She Was Gone" and "I Found You" and was totally ecstatic thinking I'd finally found a new author I was anxious to follow. And because those two were so very good, I will try another of Ms. Jewell's books. But I cannot recommend this book. It was so very different from the other two. No real mystery, the characters were not interesting enough to peak my interest. I kept listening thinking the excitement and depth of "I Found You" was going to start any minute. I gave up about 3/4ths in.

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  • jo lynn Wesley
  • 2018-11-02

A mediocre story made magnificent....

... Helen Duff’s performance made this read entertaining and fun to listen to. Great inside into the 1920’s as well!

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  • Romaine Conner
  • 2018-12-16

Took too long

The ending as all Lisa jewels was great. But this story too so long and so much build up to the end. Glad I stayed with it but wanted to stop several times.

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  • Pat G
  • 2018-11-29

Had potential

I am not a big fan of the story line continually switching from one time to another just as you were getting interested in what is happening. I felt that there was too much description and not enough active story progressing. I also did not feel that the characters were particularly likable. The ending did finally satisfy you but a frustrating in the whole process.

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  • ROBIN
  • 2018-12-28

Good book... EXCELLENT narrator!!

This was a very good book and it was different from other Lisa Jewell books I have listened to. But the narrator MAKES the story... She is unbelievable with differentiating between the characters and accents

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  • Hannah Desmond
  • 2018-10-15

I love this book

This book has everything I love about a book. The characters are likable, interesting, intelligent and "with it." The two timelines, one of the grandmother's romances and experiences in London and the other of the granddaughter's experiences in London many years later. The two lives seem to parallel each other. The two women make different choices from one another as their stories progress. This is well written and one of my favorite books. I will read it again.

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  • "unknown"
  • 2018-11-13

Terrible

I quit without finishing, I never do but this book was boring, pointless and even if it miraculously improved I’ve already lost hours of my life.

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  • Alicia
  • 2018-09-30

Wonderful

Great. Ok from beginning to end. No drag in the middle. Didn’t want it to end

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