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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    K. Allen Washington 09-01-13
    K. Allen Washington 09-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The movie was amazing but the book..."
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    I listened to this book because I thought that the movie was amazing. It is a great love story but to me it was too gushy. I love romance but this book did pour it on think. It was a little too much for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 01-02-13
    Pamela 01-02-13
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    "Bad. Really, really bad."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicholas Sparks again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. The writing was so poor.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    I like a well-written romance novel, but this one was tedious. I listened to the end, but wouldn't have continued reading it in text format.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    annewbe 10-02-12
    annewbe 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING!"

    I LOVE THIS STORY!!! I love the movie! I love everything about this book. I would recommend this book to anyone I know! No matter how many times I read this book or watch the movie, I still cry every single time.

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    stanley 06-11-12
    stanley 06-11-12
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    "Notebook review 6/11/2012"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Notebook to be better than the print version?

    Comparable, After all..... The pictures are in your mind!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Bostwick – was your favorite?

    No favorites - all performed well by Mr. Bostwick.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but could not dedicate the consecutive periods of time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clara 04-02-12
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    "Great story. Well written."
    What made the experience of listening to The Notebook the most enjoyable?

    Great story that kept my attention 100% focus and concentrate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The coincidence and power of love in the way that is described in the book


    What does Barry Bostwick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intriging voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she went back looking for him no knowing exactly why


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 02-17-12
    Carolyn MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 02-17-12
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    "Beautiful Love Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Notebook to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Noah, he was so caring and never lost hope that during one of his visits, Allie would remember their life together.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Bostwick – was your favorite?

    Noah


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    Kelsey 11-22-11
    Kelsey 11-22-11
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    "An enjoyable listen!"

    Not only was the narrator excellent, there were also many times when background music would start playing at appropriate times during the story. It really added to the experience, and it is something that I had always hoped I would find in an audiobook. I really enjoyed this quick listen.

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    Sammy TROY, MI, United States 11-13-11
    Sammy TROY, MI, United States 11-13-11
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    "I can't believe I'm saying this..."

    Movie > Book. The movie was beautiful! And the book was... disappointing. I actually think the love story in the movie was more touching. I felt like Sparks wrote the book as more of a businessman than an author, capitalizing on what he calculated that people would buy but didn't really put much feeling into it. There was almost no depth to the love story! I believe that this book went viral because of clever marketing, not because of its own merit.

    Imagine a decently written story by a fourteen year old boy, who's never actually been in love and that's pretty much what you're going to get out of this book. If Sparks has been in love, he's keeping it to himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erika Dracut, MA, United States 10-19-10
    Erika Dracut, MA, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2006
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 01-11-10
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 01-11-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Nice book but average narration"

    It's a nice book from Nicholas Sparks, it has a very disgusting love scene that narrated is even worse. Without this part the book is very good and transmit a strong message. The author could have spared the reader from a useless sex description ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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