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The Longest Ride Audiobook

The Longest Ride

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Willow Holdings, Inc. (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    K W 05/02/2015
    K W 05/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A touching human story"

    Some wonderful moments of insight, reflection and wisdom are weaved through this dual love story
    Thank you Nicholas for this moving novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Burr 29/02/2016
    Rose Burr 29/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The longest ride"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I couldn't put it down. It draws you in to all the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Donkin a 28/02/2016
    C. Donkin a 28/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Feel good story."

    The story tied together nicely in the end with a lovely feel good message.
    Enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna 05/11/2015
    Brianna 05/11/2015
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    "Simply beautiful"

    I love, love, loved this story. Another simply beautiful work from Sparks. The narration was a perfect match.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dejoux Sydney 19/10/2015
    dejoux Sydney 19/10/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Get the tissues"

    Wow what a great story. If you a huge romance fan this a a great book which will pull at your heart strings big time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Smiths Gully, Australia 02/10/2015
    Jan Smiths Gully, Australia 02/10/2015
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    "Kinda lame but nice"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georga 25/09/2015
    Georga 25/09/2015
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    "Loved it"

    Just loved this story and how it comes together near the end 👍near tissues close by

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 23/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Good rrad"

    Interesting story and moved at a good pace. I would recommend it as a feel good story that rolls easy from page to page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 12/05/2015
    Nicole 12/05/2015
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    "The Longest Ride"

    narraters were fab. Loved the story. Ira & Ruth's life moved me to tears.

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    Mardhi 11/05/2015
    Mardhi 11/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "delightful"

    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.

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  • Lorna
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    10/04/14
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    "Just beautiful... sigh!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Longest Ride to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the hard copy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    I wouldn't want to spoil the story, but it was so poignant with deep love..


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    All the characters were special.. The deep love of the old and the new fresh love of the young


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think of my own marriage.. 30 years long, I could feel myself relating to the old man.. that deep love...


    Any additional comments?

    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhonda
    WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia
    15/12/13
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    "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.

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  • Vix
    2/12/13
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. It was a well written, well narrated story with a few twists and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    The very obvious love that was shared between the two couples - one starting their 'ride' together and one ending.


    What about January LaVoy and Ron McLarty ’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend Nicholas Sparks as an author, he truly captures characters and emotions and writes a good plot!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    United Kingdom
    20/03/14
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    "Loved it"
    What did you like most about The Longest Ride?

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    Loved the characters, Loved the way the story panned out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    The love between Ira and Ruth.The way she comforted him in the Car.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The auction.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh and cry...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beccy
    20/01/16
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    "Keep going"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    3/06/15
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    "Love it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    9/01/15
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    "Beautifully woven, heart expanding read."

    This book exceeded my expectations, slowly building to a wonderfully uplifting and life affirming finale. Wonderful narration too.

    Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • F
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    22/10/15
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    "Corny!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ailene
    12/10/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    It was a very good book and I really enjoyed listening to it. :-) :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amy mold
    4/09/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    GB
    2/08/15
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    "Sooo lovely book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    The book is memorable all through. It is difficult not to pass any spoilers.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty – was your favourite?

    I just loved the old man.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Val
    2/08/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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