Judith D Collins Must Read Books
This is the best of Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook - 5 stars ++++! Oh course, I have read all his books and have seen all his movies --they are all great – however, I will say The Longest Ride is at the top of the list with The Notebook. What a beautifully written poignant love story and fell in love with all the characters (especially Luke).
I had purchased the book on pre-order; however, was busy packing for an extended stay and drive to Highlands, NC and ironically Winston-Salem, NC (from West Palm Beach) which is a 12 hour drive, so decided to purchase the audio from audible.com for my long drive on iPod for next week. However, started listening to it yesterday while packing, and had to finish it tonight as could not put it down--(so will need another book for my trip next week)! (Ironically, listened to The Best of Me by Nicholas on audio for my last trip two years ago from NC to South Florida.)
I would highly recommend the audio as Ron McLarty (whom I love as is the narrator of David Baldacci’s books) and January LaVoy – made the book! They did an exceptional job with the performance of Ira/Ruth and Sophie/Luke.
Another huge plus – as a native of NC (Piedmont area) it was nice to hear Nicholas incorporating the Piedmont/Western Carolina mountain areas of NC versus the eastern coast as some of his other books. All the familiar places, I love (Winston-Salem, Old Salem, King, Grove Park Inn, Black Mountain, Asheville, Biltmore, Pinnacle, Clemmons, Yadkinville, 421, Pilot Mountain, Wake Forest, Fabien Restaurant, etc.) Kept waiting for Village Tavern Reynolda Road. In your next book would love a setting in Highlands or Cashiers, NC (so quaint and lots of hiking and waterfalls, Old Edwards Inn & Spa–quaint town and at the top of mountains you can see NC, SC, and GA in one view.
Note to Nicholas: I kept waiting for this in the book - For your movie would love for you to use the setting: Pilot Knob Inn Bed and Breakfast (361 New Pilot Knob Lane, Pinnacle, NC 27043) owned by Jennifer and Will Allen (located at the foot of the Pilot Knob Park right off the exit.) I have stayed there many times over the years when visiting my sons in Winston-Salem.--The adorable historic tobacco cabins are equipped with front porches and rockers, country breakfast-- would be an ideal setting for the cabin scenes for Sophie/Luke and the owner there also shows horses with barn and stalls. You can bring you own horse and rent a stall-- Water hay and fresh bedding are provided for horses. The trails of Pilot Mt. and Sauratown Mt. run through the property with miles and miles of trails. You can also go horseback riding nearby.
Back to the book – without giving away the ending – it was perfect. Great transition between the old (Ira/Ruth) and younger generation (Luke/Sophie) and a brilliant ending. Two couples who seem to have nothing in common; however, by the end –they have more in common than you think. You will smile and cry. Wow, I know NC has hot country guys as have seen my share of them--Cannot wait to see who will be cast in the movie. A must read – be sure and check out Nicholas’ new website!
This book is by far one of the best ever!
Ira...I just have a soft spot for the elderly and he was just so sweet and compassionate.
They were great! Just the right amount of energy and I liked the change in voices and personalities
Love conquers all
I absolutely loved this book and Nicholas Sparks is one of the best authors ever
I have read almost all of Nicholas sparks books. I have enjoyed all most all of them. This book was disappointing. I think the story was juvenile. It reminded me of a sappy teen book I would have read in high school.
The narration was fine.
The Marcia storyline made it seem like it was written for a much younger group , like 15 year old.
I was so bored by this story that it was difficult to finish.
suspense romance characters
Sparks other books. He isn't predictable, but you know it'll be heart wrenching, sweet love, with a surprise ending from him.
They are very, very good narrators of this story! It is read with enthusiasm and realism so you feel more like you know the character personally and can pick up the phone to call and see what happened to them next.
Duh! LUKE! Because I love cowboys and he is one of the sweetest, bravest, accomplished ones I've read about in a long time. Plus I love to ride horses and may have a chance to ride Horse and meet his character of a mom!
Definitely a great buy. Easy listening with a mystique in the story that is answered only at the very end with no "hints". Characters are very real. Descriptive of landscapes and honor.
Good love story with a twist
The dialogues with Ira and his wife
Have not prev listened to them
When Ira passed
I am a huge Nicholas Sparks books and his books are the only ones I read again and again.... But this tops them all! Wonderful, simply wonderful. This is a MUST READ.
39 years old, married with 3 kids, full career as Marketing & Training manager in an international company. Published a book for children 2 years ago, leading 2 Book-Clubs, read slowly, therefore enjoy very much Audible books, which I can listen to while driving, jogging, and doing housekeeping tasks.... Audio books are the best! :-)
First of all the story: romantic, touching, moving!Then the narration: Ira and Ruth were narrated by Ron McLarty, and Sophia and Luke by January Lavoy, both of them did great work! They made it accurately to the context, and to the text.In addition, my first degree is at Art History, so it was nice to have something in common with Ruth and Sophia. I loved listening to the names of the famous artists, and to feel the appreciation of the author for Art.
Hard to say. I think Ira.He touched my heart.I love listening to old people, they have the wisdom of life, and Mr. Sparks wrote Ira beautifully.
As I said, I've enjoyed the narration very very much.
YES, it did!!I must say one morning, when I was listening, and the story was about something upsetting, I was upset all day, I was really sad for the characters. And towards the end, when the inevitable happened, I even shed tears. Sounds crazy, but I did.
I loved the end of the story very much.
I truly recommend this book.an enjoyable experience.Give yourself this lovely present!
Audiobook. Lots and lots of reviews, so you can get story synopsis information elsewhere. The most significant comment I can make is with regard to the contribution to the love story genre that Nicholas Sparks has made over the years. This genre is rarely attempted or conquered by a male author. Sparks goes way out on a limb in his writing conveying the heartfelt and wonderfully emotional depth of a man’s love for a woman. Not just in The Longest Ride, but in other books I’ve read, i.e., The Notebook, Safe Haven. I constantly had to remind myself that ‘this was written by a man’, followed with, ‘how great is that’. Romantic song lyrics or poetry are almost always written by men. It’s a treat, and rare, in modern novels.
Although I’ve listened to audiobooks for over fifteen years, I’ve never heard one with a cast; this is my first. It’s not that I’ve deliberately avoided multi-reader stories, it’s just that nothing I’ve ever run across, and wanted, has had more than one narrator. Briefly, this was a very pleasant experience and both Ron McLarty and January LaVoy do an excellent job. Both are confronted with male and female characters, McLarty also dealing with ethnicity. Well done.
The Longest Ride is not a deep story, nor a world-shattering contribution to great literature. But, it is a nice, curl-up-on-the-couch romance, typical of Nicholas Sparks.
This was a great story. I normally stay away from the sappy, love stories, however Nicholas Sparks can write some that are more realistic and not too sappy, which makes the journey a good one. This novel is actually two separate stories that eventually come together, but all along I kept wondering, "how in the world will these two stories ever relate?" I am glad that I didn't find out until the end. It was perfect. Of course there are parts that drag a little, but overall, I would recommend this to those who like this genre.
I did not like the voice of the man.
the intertwine of both story lines.
all of them