As much as I enjoyed this book by Nicholas Sparks I couldn't help thinking that the childhood that he and his brother recall so fondly all through the book was actually one of neglect and abuse. Their mother, in her attempts to make them tough, sounds as though she went way, way overboard. Their father was distant, abusive and resentful. It gets quite depressing in parts and anyone who is expecting a cheery round the world travelogue had better look elsewhere. The audiobook is well produced and well read, but there are annoying musical interludes at the end of each chapter. Three stars because I couldn't relate to the sugar coated reminiscenses of the Brothers Sparks.
road show junkie
I learned so much about the Sparks family - and where Nicholas found the beautiful & inspiring books/movies that we all love to cry through. I was not sure what I expected, but I found the interweaving story of Nick's growing up with the amazing trip he took with Micah to be deep and meaningful. I shed a number of tears along the way... in true Sparks fashion. Nicholas is a deeply spiritual man - and in that is his strength and source of all things flowing through to his stories. I think most of us would be rubber-roomable after his childhood experiences & fears. A deeply human story - filled with inspiration & flaws.
Nicholas. He is strong despite his innate fears that should be crushing him. His trust in God is inspiring. He keeps putting one foot in front of the other and trusting that God will see him through. He deeply & truly feels for others; he puts their feelings first.
he was believable. I truly enjoyed listening to him. It was as if Nicholas himself was reading the story... and I have never heard Nicholas' Sparks voice! Henry read the story as if the words & story were his own personal reflections & memories.
His sister's death. I really hoped her optimism would see her through. That Nicholas was astute enough to back off when he realized how much more important it was for her husband & inlaws to have their time to say their goodbyes actually had me sobbing as I walked down the street.
Highly recommended. Have tissues handy - you'll need them. For both laughing & crying.
I haven't read a lot of Nicholas Sparks' books, but this sounded interesting. I couldn't put it down. It makes you feel very connected with the author. He talks about his family and personal tragedies with openness, warmth and humor. After reading this, I am going to go back and read some of his other stories as he explained what his inspiration was. It was a wonderful read and I would highly recommend.