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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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    David paso robles, CA, USA 07-04-04
    David paso robles, CA, USA 07-04-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Not a man"

    There is no way that the author is a man, no men actually feel or act that way. It was a great book, a real tear jerker. I wish I had a man who loved that deep and could express his love that way. Don't get me wrong my husband is awesome.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 02-25-13
    Valerie 02-25-13
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    "A formula book that dragged on too long."

    Sometimes I just need a simple romance to checkout of life's stressfulness, but I found this book very poorly done. I don't have high expectations when I chose these quick little romances, even at that it was bad and dragged on far too long. The story could have been summed up in a short story for a magazine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    06-01-11
    06-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Awful"

    One dimensional characters, predictable, melodramatic, shallow, a waste of a credit, a complete waste of time

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy Mae Philippines 09-27-04
    Daisy Mae Philippines 09-27-04
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    "the notebook"

    its a great movie it has an amazing story that will make you realize how great love is.... its really the best movie ive seen.........

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Henderson, NV, United States 05-23-13
    John Henderson, NV, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the Movie, Hated the Book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book seems to target a less sophisticated audience who wants there hand held through every page and needs to be kept awake with melodrama and cheesy romance.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

    Lack of development in characters and story lines and individual scenes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good.


    What character would you cut from The Notebook?

    None.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Le-Georgia 08-29-12
    Le-Georgia 08-29-12
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    "The movie was much better than the book"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    unknow for now i've bought a few


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barry Bostwick?

    was not the narrator per say - it just sounded cheesy


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The was the first time I actually thought a movie was better than the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 08-22-12
    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 08-22-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Film better than (audio)book"

    I first saw the film, which I found very moving and somehow more low-key regarding all the romance. I found the romance in the audiobook sometimes a bit too much, a bit clinging, but it is possible that Barry Bostwick's sometimes very theatrical reading caused this.
    All in all: mwah. The film was better.

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    Juananne 01-19-07
    Juananne 01-19-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Th Notebook (Unabridged)"

    Way better than the movie! I loved this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Alexandria, VA, USA 11-30-04
    Chris Alexandria, VA, USA 11-30-04
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    "the perspective from a man"

    Some adjectives to describe the book - trite, boring, predictable, seems like it will never end...you get the picture

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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