I saw the movie first. But after hearing this audiobook, I felt like the book is soooo much better. I highly recommend reading/listening to this book instead of watching the movie. There's so much more emotion and other wonderful characters that they left out of the movie. And the narrator of this audiobook did a superb job of making different voices for each character. Loved it!!
Nicholas Sparks does not write escapism fiction. Very rarely are you going to get your "happily ever after". Yet I keep coming back for more because I finish a novel thinking more deeply about life, love, and family and my role in it all. I give this book 5 stars all the way around because it met all my expectations of the author and his work. I can't list my favorite or most memorable moment in the book for fear of giving away the ending. Why do they ask for that in reviews? All I can say is this, if you love Nicholas Sparks previous works, listen. You'll be glad you did.
I came from the movie to the book so i definitely enjoyed the book way more than the movie. Dawson character here was a lot better person and Amanda's husband frank was by far more of a asshole in the movie.
Over all I say read this and skip the movie
Yes, good story, but oh so predictable! Typical Nicholas Sparks though.
Not enough variety.
Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!
Narration - Sean Pratt - Kick Ass!
Wow. I hate this book. I haven't read a lot of Sparks - in fact, I think I've only read the Notebook.
It's a really good book...but I hate it.
In fact, I'd give it 5 stars if it didn't piss me off so bad!
It's well written, the intertwining of all the character's and story-lines was wonderful and the narration was flawless!
But, boy-o-boy did it piss me off.
While listening, I actually had someone tell me this has a happy ending. And, I suppose it does, but not the happy ending I wanted. So There!
That is all!
This book isn't the best feel good book of all time, but the story is gripping. I couldn't wait to get back to listening to it and this narrator Sean Pratt is Fantastic. He can bring the characters to life and with huge emotion. I loved listening to this man's voice. The ending is not what everyone would want, but it is what it is. I would have liked it to end different, but not all stories can end with a happy ending. I still give this one 5 stars on all counts. By the way, "One Last Ride" is the best Nicholas Sparks book ever. Don't miss that one and the narrator again, makes it so good.
Basic story was a good idea, but missed the mark. The movie captured a better story with more passion of love and loss. Usually the movie is not as good as the book, but in this case save yourself the time/money and just watch the movie...it's much better.