©1996 Nicholas Sparks; (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
of beauty and romance, a mature, elegant work I am so glad to have encountered
Avid fiction listener from Australia who not ashamed to have a biased for what some may call 'chicklit'. Keen for new author suggestions
What a disappointment this was. Twee and predictable- I wish I hadn't bothered. Mills and Boon has more depth
I'm finding that like most Nicholas Sparks Books, I enjoy the movie significantly more. I think this would still be the case if I were to have read the books first and then watched the movie. This book in particulari felt like it was kind of all over the place, he would have flashbacks and not inform the reader that it was a flashback. This causing a bit of confusion. I was also extremely disappointed that so many epic things that happened in the movie is credited to the screenwriters. I was very excited to hear those in book form as I so deeply loved them in the movie. But I didn't really feel like there was any sort of epic scene in the book. It was all just kind of there. As far as narration goes, Barry Bostwick has an excellent reading voice. However when reading the parts for Allie his voice was a very soft spoken whisper and you had to turn the volume up all the way just hear and then when he could jump to another voice, with your volume up so high he was practically yelling. Overall it is still an excellent book, and Nicholas Sparks gets all the credit it the world for them and storyline to the movies. Sadly, I personally just like the movies more.
The story was trite and predictable. The ending was creepy, and the accents were offensive.
What an invigorating love story of real true love. The romance, the passion and the contentment let you believe that true love exist even now. The love letters add character to the story.
I don't normally like to read a book after I have already seen the movie version, but the movie was so good that I figured the book must be amazing. The book was indeed very good and I was surprised how much the book and the movie are alike. Typically, movies leave out so much detail but I think the movie portrayal of this novel was spot on. I was surprised to discover that this was the author's first published novel as he has so many now and all of them seem to be adapted to film. No need to describe what the novel is about as it is a popular work, but I will say that this is one Nicholas Sparks book that does a great job describing deep, true love without a heavy dose of cheese and cliché.
I recommend this book for ages 16+.
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