Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2013
Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale. Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.
A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways. The new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.
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It's pretty well what I expected...lightweight, formula fluff....but I wanted something sweet, mindless and pleasant while traveling in Africa and it was all of those.
It's a bit long tho...the Ira and Ruth parts start and midway went on and on but the narrators did a good job.
I watched the movie on the flight home....and for once didn't find it secondary to the book. Shoes the book wasn't much!
No better or worse than anything else of that genre.
I loved the characters, particularly Ira and Ruth. the flowing together of the two story lines worked well and the hanging mystery throughout of how the two stories would intersect was delicious.
"Just beautiful... sigh!"
I haven't read the hard copy
I wouldn't want to spoil the story, but it was so poignant with deep love..
All the characters were special.. The deep love of the old and the new fresh love of the young
It made me think of my own marriage.. 30 years long, I could feel myself relating to the old man.. that deep love...
I love Nicholas Sparks, the way he writes love stories.. he just gets it! You wont be dissapointed with this beautiful double story that collides into an amazing dance..
"Have the tissues ready!!!"
What a lovely story. I just could not stop listening and wish it had gone on for much longer. I would make a great movie too.
The narration by Ron McLarty & January LaVoy was wonderful and really drew you into the story.
Definitely recommend this book.
I would recommend it. It was a well written, well narrated story with a few twists and turns.
The very obvious love that was shared between the two couples - one starting their 'ride' together and one ending.
I have never really gone for a book with more than one narrator but this one worked really well. I found it very easy to keep up with who was who through the jumps between characters.
It made me smile, laugh out loud and whilst not actually cry made me very sad on occasion. A very well written book which certainly makes you emotional.
I would recommend Nicholas Sparks as an author, he truly captures characters and emotions and writes a good plot!
Loved the characters, Loved the way the story panned out.
The love between Ira and Ruth.The way she comforted him in the Car.
Made me laugh and cry...
This book was quite hard to get into for me but I kept going and it was a lovely story. You can guess the ending but with authors like Nicholas Sparks sometimes it goes another way! Overall very enjoyable. On to the next!
Interesting two storylines that come together I loved how the author created these characters I fell in love with Luke he is every girls fantasy such a sweet heart. I liked the older character and his great love for his late wife. Another wonderful story from Nicholas.
"Beautifully woven, heart expanding read."
This book exceeded my expectations, slowly building to a wonderfully uplifting and life affirming finale. Wonderful narration too.
Going on the rave reviews, I chose this book. What a huge disappointment! Although it was read well, the writing was sloppy, repetitive and the storyline with Luke and Sophia nauseating. After my last book - The Little Friend by Donna Tartt - which was brilliant and one I didn't want to end, this one I couldn't wait to finish it!
It was a very good book and I really enjoyed listening to it. :-) :-)
"Really brilliant story"
A very good story of two couples, their trials and tribulations of their own relationships. With a very nice, but sad ending.
"Sooo lovely book!"
Story, narrating, atmosphere, passion, love... All of it mixed together made this audiobook special. Great idea to give it to two narrators...although four would be even better.
The book is memorable all through. It is difficult not to pass any spoilers.
I just loved the old man.
Quite a few.
Recommended for anybody, who likes nicely flowing, non-violent memoir-like stories and who does not mind a bit of romance intertwined. Although the final twist was a bit predictable, it is actually what the reader/listener wishes for an end. I am happy I convinced myself to purchase this audiobook.
"Another "page turner" from Mr Spark"
As the two stories developed the characters grew on me. I needed to know what was going to happen to them next.
It made it hard to stop listening whenpmy world got in the way.
The story and the performances were so good I could empathise with each character in turn. Wonderful.
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