Being a Nicholas Sparks fan, no, there's nothing I'd change about the plot and characters, etc.
I could identify with Amanda. Reading of her dilemma made me feel vindicated in my own life.
Considering he had to read out 6 or so character's voices, he did it as well as this could be done.
Yes, I could see it as a movie, a depressing one, but yes. Merryl Streep could play Amanda well.
I did not at all enjoy listening to a man's voice trying to imitate both male (old and young) voices as well as old and young female voices. It was ridiculous and detracted from my ability to form voices in my own mind. I thought books "on tape" were to be READ, not dramatized and acted out like cartoon voice overs. If this is just "the way it is", I mean, if that's the standard way audible books are created, I don't plan on ever ordering another audible book again in my lifetime. Absolutely ridiculous.
I loved this book. Found it a bit different than his others but I really enjoyed it. The same old same old, gets boring this one is really worth listening to!
Tuck, I LOVE older people and their stories!
This is my favorite N. Sparks so far!
The strong love connection that they carried over the years!
Love love love!
“The Best of Me” is the story of a first love of Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, 2 high school sweethearts from different side sides of the track that were force to part and take different paths. Twenty years later they are reunited at the funeral of their mentor and friend, Tuck Hostetler. Together they must take care of Tuck’s estate and remains and forced to deal with the choices each have made and rediscover that sometimes first loves never die.
Sparks tells this story through various people point of view which allows you the reader to get intimate and close to the various characters in the book. I stopped reading Sparks because many of his books are depressing and make me sad – finding that characters is the book find happiness to only have it yank away from them. This is more of a 3 ½ star book mainly because I found the ending of this book very predictable and sad.
Sean Pratt narrated this book and in general I enjoyed his rendition.
It rates up there. I could not put this book down. That is not the case with all his books.
the characters especially the main guy.
The hero in the book
That is a great title. It is fitting.
Same old ending
There would be no deaths
I read some of the reviews about a quarter through the book and realized that I was going to have to accept that someone other than Tuck was going to die and it would be another one of NS books with predictability. Anyone that tells me that they are reading another NS book, my first question is "who dies in this one?"; simply so I won't be surprised and disappointed. I will finish it because the plot interested me because I married my high school sweetheart but probably will find the ending as the same old same old.
I didn't read the printed edition that's why I love Audible. I love to read but don't have the time.
Why did he have to die
Love Nicolas Sparks
Predictable and contrived story with too many sub-plots.
Eliminated the points of view of the minor characters.
Male voices yes. Female voices sounded too harsh.
I would trim the number of scenes dealing with Dawson and his cousins. Early on I knew they were trouble and things would come to a head with them. I found their exchanes with one another and their kin distracting from the main plot.
Very sad as all his books are, but wonderful book. The narrator did a great job and I couldn't stop listening.
I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks and love almost all of his books. This book was a great read. I really enjoyed the characters and and found my self not wanting to stop listening to it.