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The Notebook | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Notebook

At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.
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At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

©1996 Nicholas Sparks; (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks

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    bhg sicklerville, NJ, United States 02-16-12
    bhg sicklerville, NJ, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! The writting is so amazing & heartfelt..


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed listening to Noah's love story for his long lost love. He really loved Ali and he never stopped loving her. I was literally in tears.....


    Have you listened to any of Barry Bostwick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from The Notebook out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Noah..He is such a poet and a sweetheart!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charity Monroe, GA, United States 09-13-11
    Charity Monroe, GA, United States 09-13-11
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    "Best love story ever written"

    It's absolutely the best love story ever written, ever read, ever listed to, or ever watched on screen. It is so sweetly sad, tragically romantic, it is epic.

    The Notebook is the love story to beat all love stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denisa Luxembourg, Luxembourg 09-12-11
    Denisa Luxembourg, Luxembourg 09-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best love stories of all times!"

    This is one of my favourite love stories, if not my favourite. Great writer, great narrator! Have tissues nearby!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allyson Atlanta, GA, United States 03-09-11
    Allyson Atlanta, GA, United States 03-09-11

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    "Just okay"

    I wanted to read the book because of the movie, but there were some significant differences. The book provided less of a love story than I expected. I was actually a little disappointed by the story as told in the book. The narrator did a good job, though.

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    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 12-30-10
    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 12-30-10
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    "Excellent all around"

    This book is excellent all around. It is a great story - romantic, some good tension, great characters in both the past and present, good dialogue and a great narrator. I high reccomend it if you like this type of read.

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    mihaela lathrup village, MI, United States 12-04-10
    mihaela lathrup village, MI, United States 12-04-10
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    "flat characters"

    The movie was a hit but the book is a long boring cat nap. Unlike A Walk To Remember connecting with the flat characters in this book takes some make believe. Life is more complex than that. Going back and forth with the memories by the narrator, made it more believable. Too much graphic love making was a turnoff. And only a man would describe it from a women's perspective like that. But hey, if it took this book to give us that great movie then why not? :)

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    Erika Dracut, MA, United States 10-19-10
    Erika Dracut, MA, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring!!!"

    I have been listening for an hour now and it is soo boring. My commute to work is painful enough w/o adding a boring narrator to the mix. I will give it another shot on my way home but I seriously hope this gets better soon.

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    A newark, NJ, USA 03-29-10
    A newark, NJ, USA 03-29-10
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    "love"

    The notebook is wonderful Love story
    and also the movie i recommend anyone to
    read this story and see the movie .

    It's my number #1 fan

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    Jaclyn Porter Ranch, CA, USA 03-12-10
    Jaclyn Porter Ranch, CA, USA 03-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, annoying music"

    The book "The Notebook" is nice. Very sweet, like the movie. However, I did not like this particular AudioBook because of the loud, obnoxious music that played in the background. The music was entirely too loud which made the narration very hard to hear, and I also found it distracting. I doubt I'll buy another audiobook from this particular maker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Nazareth, PA, USA 03-02-10
    Glenn Nazareth, PA, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Blind sided big-time by this one"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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