Left much to be desired. I found myself laughing out loud at parts (and not because they were humorous). I paid the money so I forced myself to finish the book.
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.
This was my first Sparks story. Beautifully written, the story is very well developed with characters who have remarkable depth of character. Although most of the story follows the day to day life of a sorority girl and a bull riding guy (highly unlikely but warmly developed), the story alternates with sections devoted to Ira, a very old man in a fight for his life whose life becomes forever intertwined with the improbable lovers. Overall a very good story.
McLarty did an excellent job as Ira. LaVoy is outstanding as well but she struggles to effectively speak for male voices.
Sparks's absolute best.
When Luke gave up bull riding for good.
I thought the ending, unlike some of Sparks books which have bittersweet endings, was perfect.
This book rates about average
What you expect from Nicolas Sparks
Both do GREAT
Feel Good story. Universe collides
From the description I was unsure what to expect, especially with the story line. The characters were so interesting and it was overall heartwarming.
It's hard to give a good review without giving away too much of the story.
I always like hearing this male narrator and the female was good as well.
The characters came to life so vividly and I was sad to to see the book end.
If you are a NS fan this is a book for you!
Love Sweet Art
My favorite scene was the description of the Honeymoon.
YES, but as I work and drive long distances to get there, it was a wonderful book to keep me company.
I really enjoyed the narrators. They really helped me feel like I was there in the story.
This is one of the best books I have listed to. Terrific story line and great twists along the way. Well worth the read!!
Take a ride with two different lives and be amazed at how intertwined our lives are in this world. This was my first Sparks novel and I was so pleased to have found another author that will rank in my top ten list. He keeps the listener interested and doesn't allow you to lull into numbness with long platitudes. I gave the performance a three only because the story was so powerful that I really was upset that the younger male character's voice was done by a female narrator. He was such a strong personality and he deserved a male narrator. It is still worth the purchase and listen...I highly recommend this book!
A great homage to what Real Love is Like: as an older man's memories pass through over 4 decades, a World War, challenges that are overcome and rejoiced over due to living life as Couple dedicated to each other. Also we get to meet a modern young couple learning what Real Love is: how to recognize it, how to show it, support the one you love, and how to take a leap of faith.
If any art lovers are out there, you will get a kick out of the collection of "eccentric" artists that Ira and Ruth collect over their lifetime that leads to an amazing Auction twist at the end that I really didn't see coming at all. (I would name a few artists but I am afraid that my spelling of their names would be disrespectful).
If any bullriders or Rodeo fans out there, you will get a thrilling view of life on the Circuit as well.