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Every Breath

Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

There are times when destiny and love collide.

This story is one of them.

From the number one best-selling author of The Notebook and Two by Two comes an unforgettable tale of enduring love.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. After six years with her boyfriend, she is no longer sure what she wants, and when her father becomes ill she heads to her family's cottage at Sunset Beach in North Carolina to make some difficult decisions.

Tru Walls has been summoned across an ocean from where he was born and raised in Zimbabwe by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. In journeying to Sunset Beach, Tru hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding his mother's life, but the letter will lead him in an unexpected direction. 

When these two strangers' paths cross, their chance encounter sets in motion a heart-breaking story - one that will transcend decades, continents and the workings of fate. 

©2018 Nicholas Sparks (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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"When it comes to tales about love, Nicholas Sparks is one of the undisputed kings." (Heat)

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A pull of my heart strings

Dear Nicholas Sparks,
In 1996 I read The Notebook for the first time on a sugar cane farm in Zimbabwe where I was visiting my then boyfriend now husband's friend. We visited Bulawayo, Hwange national Park and Victoria Falls. I remembered sitting in a metal tub for a bath with hot water from the stove and tears streaming down as I read the that incredible love story. In the 22 years since I have not missed one of your stories, with Longest Ride (amazing audiobook) the Notebook and the Wedding as my favourites. And how can I not mention Two by Two, for the love of a parent/father for their child. You have reached into my life and effected decisions unwittingly along the way. At the start of this book I already shed tears, making all the links to my connection of the places you mentioned in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and my birth place South Africa. Like you said no one can understand your connection to Africa and its wildlife than someone born there. Although I am an Australian now, Africa and its wildlife is still part of every breath I take. As our friend and his family lost their farm, had their hearts broken about leaving everything they loved from their land to their country to their hope, I appreciate your way of sharing a fraction of the heartache of what those innocent people went through. Sometimes getting something for free, isn't the solution. But the circle of apartheid will continue (as South Africa is still experiencing) until a major change which for some weird reason I still don't understand, Australia did. Because looking back at the two countries histories, either could have gone the other way. I weep for Southern Africa and pray for the lives lost in farm murders, high jacks, planned criminal activity and lawlessness. I hope compassion and those in power to awake and to start the various countries in the direction of HOPE.
Getting back to Tru and Hope, even though I found the love of my life when I was sixteen, their story is inspiring and makes one appreciate the year, days and minutes you have with your own soul mate.
Thank you for your unique way of writing the story and adding your voice and thoughts to the whole process.
I look forward to your next story, and please never stop writing. For every word you put to paper enhances someone's life, every breath a little bit more.
An avid reader, Christien

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absolutely one favorite

loved the whole story. from start to end. loved the voices. just beautiful I hope I get to see kindred spirits one day.

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An easy read

If you enjoy a book that is easy to read on your commute that incorporates a little romance and history you will enjoy this.

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Ugghhh! One star because you can't do no stars.

I usually love a good Nicholas Sparks but this was absolutely dreadful. Perhaps it was made worse by the hideous male narrator but the male protagonist (True) is a rubbish character. He is wet, cries too much and falls in love at the speed of light and for no discernible reason (because Hope is equally boring). The African setting seemed pointless and contrived and read like a high school Geography research project. Also (spoiler alert....stop reading now if you still plan to waste 9 hours of your life reading this...) there was absolutely no point in giving Hope ALS at the end. Again, that disease seemed to be hand-picked from media attention and thrown in as a further high school research project- this time for Science. But to be fair by this point they both could have been victims of some silly boating tragedy and I would have been glad to see the back of them. Yuk, yuk, yuk. Do I go back and read a Sparks I enjoyed to clean my palate? Or do I just steer clear from now on?

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  • LuckyFish
  • 05-11-2018

Disappointed

I love this author. got all the books he's written. but this one feels like a summary of all the others, same patterns and events. Every cliche in the love story book is included in this narrative... Just wanted something less predictable. Feels like a rehash of other stories with the only original bit being the letter box that the story centres around somewhat. other than that the narative is pretty thin and predictable if you're a Nicholas Sparks fan...

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  • Wendy Robertson
  • 23-02-2019

Excellent

From the moment I started listening I was enthralled. Being a Rhodesian Imyself I could relate to Trews story about the amazing wildlife in Zimbabwe. Also the sadness and loss at the destruction of a beautiful country.
Both Tree and Hope's character's we're so well defined, two people from such different backgrounds. I felt as if I knew them both personally. A delightful book. Was very sad when it came to an end. Well written and narrated.

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  • David
  • 18-02-2019

Great love story with an African twist ...

Love for children versus love for a spouse, who’s to say which was the right decision?

Guys like Tru are few and far between ... the epitome of one who embodies the virtue, grace. He’s the real star in the story ... ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.’

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  • Jan
  • 30-10-2018

Difficult to listen to but good story

The story was captivating right to the end. Unfortunately Sean Cameron Michael dropped his voice at the end of every sentence which meant that it just felt like he had not grasped the essence of the story - or maybe he always speaks like that! Very boring with no life. Vanessa Johansson had the sort of American accent that is quite strident to the British ear.
Having said that I persevered with the book for the sake of the story which I enjoyed immensely. I am a Nicholas Sparks fan and this one did not disappoint

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-10-2019

incredible

breathtaking in every way nicholas sparks still has me in tears everytime he is by far my favourite writer I will continue to read and enjoy many more of his novels

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2019

Grab the tissues

Wow another immersive fab novel by Nicholas Sparks , he has such an amazing skill , to put you in the picture and feel the places, the emotions of the characters . A lovely book but heart wrenching too. As must read and I Feel a new film in the making too.

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  • AnnaMarie M.
  • 01-09-2019

Awful

It was so depressing overall n just plain boring n repetitive n downright awfully boring n I can hardly find 15 words to say how awful it is

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  • Anna McMillan
  • 14-05-2019

Now what do I do

As usual another good book by Mr Sparks and you read it over two days. Now what do do come on Mr Sparks need another book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-2019

Love story 🥰😘

Was a dream from start to finish. Everyone wants a live like True & Hope.😍

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  • Sofia
  • 28-01-2019

amazing

Nicholas sparks always amazed me, I always have tears when reading his books. beyond spectacular!!!

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  • g
  • 12-12-2018

Dreadful

I normally enjoy Nicholas Sparks but really disliked this story - it made me cringe to the extent I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to over hear it while I was listening to it. Worse by far however was the reading of the book. I felt in particular the male voice sounded like it was being read by a computer rather than a person, I’m sad to say.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2018

Nicholas at his best.

A must read. Download it now. You won't regret it. Perhaps even better than The Notebook