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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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    Barbara long beach, MS, USA 09-26-08
    Barbara long beach, MS, USA 09-26-08
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    "NOTEBOOK"

    LOVE IT

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    Deb Irmo, SC, United States 08-30-08
    Deb Irmo, SC, United States 08-30-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Love Story"

    I saw the movie but I will always think the book, and now listening to the audio is so much better. I cried as hard, even harder, I felt the pain and felt the joy. Nicholas Sparks is an amazing man who has managed to capture all the emotions of the heart. I truly love him as an author..and he is probably my favorite. I would highly recommend this audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula Columbia, MD, USA 02-07-06
    Ursula Columbia, MD, USA 02-07-06
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    "My favorite book so far"

    I read the book, listened to book and saw the movie. My favorite so far is the audio-version. Highly recommended. Much better than the rescue which I find a little far-fetched and overly gooey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Tampa, FL, USA 02-26-05
    Debbie Tampa, FL, USA 02-26-05
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    "Half a great romance"

    Having read two of his other books, I knew I could expect a beautiful romance from Sparks, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the first half, even found it difficult to turn off, but the climax seemed to come too soon, and I found myself wondering, "What else can happen?" The story seemed to be over." Well, the second half went on and on and nothing else of consequence ever did happen. He seemed to be really stretching. Worse, the last half was overly sentimental, cliche, and redundant. I'd give the first half 5 stars and the second half one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katya Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 02-18-05
    Katya Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 02-18-05
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    "Too sappy...even for a woman"

    As a typical female, I usually enjoy love stories. Although this book make me cry because of it's sappy story, it went on for too long, especially towards the end when you feel like the author got the story out and you start wondering why does the book keep on going. There isn't much happening in the book, mainly conversation and reminiscing and since I only listen to audio books in my car, it's not the kind of book that makes time (or traffic) go faster.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marty 01-10-05
    Marty 01-10-05 Member Since 2001
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    "the notebook"

    this could be anyones love life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 10-24-08
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 10-24-08
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    "Can you manipulate me more?"

    Well, obviously I didn't like it. It wasn't really literature, and it wasn't really romance because you could see around every corner. To me, that's quite boring.

    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
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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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