Just finished listening to the book. It was really a great "read", and Barry Bostwick did a terrific job as the narrator. I couldn't stop listening to the novel and the added commentary from the author at the end really added some insight into the storyline. I generally don't like "romance" novels, but this one was the greatest. A must read if you unconditionally, truely, and deeply love someone.
Periodically, there is low-sample-rate music played so loudly that it's difficult to hear the narrator. This went on for so long at the beginning of the book that I nearly abandoned it. The narrator isn't very expressive, though he seems to get better as the book goes on.
I continue to enjoy Nicholas Sparks, whether listening or reading. This was such a lovely and moving story.
NO BODY CAN POSSIBLY HAVE THE KIND OF LOVE THESE TWO PEOPLE HAVE. IT IS A GREAT STORY AND WHAT REALLY MAKES IT GRAND IS THE NARRARATOR. HE SOUNDS AS IF IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING TO HIM AND PUTS UNBELIEVABLE FEELING INTO IT. AND TO THINK IT WAS WRITTEN BY A MAN. WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?
This was the first audio book of Nicholas Sparks' that I had listened to. I enjoyed it very much. He certainly knows how to discribe the romance between his characters. Plus there is a little bit of suspence that makes you want to keep listening. I've noticed that in each story he mentions a person or situation from other stories he has written. I recommend this and all of Nicholas Sparks' books. Buckwheat's wife.
My daughter was a big fan of Sparks in her late teens so I was expecting some mushy, romance novel, but being a part-time resident in the setting of the story in New Bern, NC I had to give it a whirl. All the places are real in the book but I was never so blind-sided by the depth of emotion that came from Sparks, who must have been a young 32-34 when he wrote this. How someone that age can come up with a story like this is mind blowing. Men, this isn't a "chick" book, believe me it's bigger than you are! The ultimate tradgedy, but somehow you are left with good feelings about the value of a good life/family and being true to what matter in life. In the end, the movie was good but no comparison to the audio book.