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A Bend in the Road | [Nicholas Sparks]

A Bend in the Road

Recently selected Best Author by readers of Entertainment Weekly, Nicholas Sparks is one of America's preeminent storytellers. Now, Sparks spins a tale about a man, a woman, and the devastating secret that threatens to keep them apart.

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Publisher's Summary

Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.

Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it is her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon, they are both laughing for the first time in years...and falling in love.

Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret - one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in...and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

©2001 by Nicholas Sparks; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Troy Ocala, FL, USA 06-17-03
    Troy Ocala, FL, USA 06-17-03
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    "Hard not to feel superior to the characters"

    This is a book about a man having to come to terms with his beloved wife's death when courting a new sweetheart. The beginning of the book is as charming as Mr. Sparks' other novels, with realistic, interesting characters and settings. The exposition of the romance is slow and very predictable, but it is done with a tenderness and vulnerability that, as much as you've seen it over and over, is hard not to like.

    The second part of the novel deals with some conflict and crisis that, without divulging the details, I found very tedious. The conflict was entirely self-created by the main character who acted so closed minded, petty and frankly stupid that it was difficult to find any empathy or even common ground with him. If you have a great deal of trouble with forgiveness of even small silly actions, and if you like to jump to ridiculous conclusions based on minimal facts, then you may find this plot sympatico. I found myself just wanting to shake some minimal sense into him. It was like watching teenagers whose lives need to be full of drama. With middle aged characters, I just felt sorry for them that they hadn't learned any more of life growing up. A Walk to Remember was a vastly better book by this author.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Lexington, SC, USA 08-01-03
    Christina Lexington, SC, USA 08-01-03
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    "I Wanted It To Be Over"

    As another reviewer stated, the main character's behavior was disturbing in a grown man. I couldn't wait to reach the end of the book because I didn't like this person, and as I suspected, everything turned out fine and dandy for him...no consequences. I thought Sarah should have taken a good look at this man and run in the opposite direction.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Broomfield, CO, USA 09-17-03
    Connie Broomfield, CO, USA 09-17-03
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    "Bend in the Road"

    This was the first audio book I listened to and I haven't found one that compairs to it. I work out of my car and have now ventured to the realm of audio books. I enjoyed the book and found myself sitting in the garage to listen to it a few minutes more. I highly recomend listening to it if you get a chance.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John Riggs Sebring Florida 04-04-03
    John Riggs Sebring Florida 04-04-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "A Bend in the Road"

    My intent was to listen only while commuting to and from work, a time of about 30 minutes each way. After the first thirty minutes, I was unable to stop listening. This story was so very compelling, filled with love, hate, fear and excitment. Well narrated, although I would have preferred Michael Beck as the narrator.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    09-27-09
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    "Enjoyed it"

    This is one of the first books that I have listened to and thoroughly enjoyed it. Am looking forward to listeneing to more of Nicholas Sparks' books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scottie in TX Texas 07-09-06
    Scottie in TX Texas 07-09-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Interesting"

    Hmmm...what to say. I purchased this audio a month before I could actually get thru it. I had a hard time with the beginning. It was a compelling story and I found it eventually interesting. It was a bit slow and predictable. I will probably enjoy it better with a 2nd listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Cypress, TX, United States 09-10-12
    Mary Cypress, TX, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great book by Nicholas Sparks!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Bend in the Road to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator did a really great job narrating.


    Have you listened to any of L.J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first time I've listened to one of L.J.Ganser's performances.


    If you could rename A Bend in the Road, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change the name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SARA McRae, GA, United States 04-21-12
    SARA McRae, GA, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nicholas Sparks never dissappoints me!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Bend in the Road to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles was my favorite character simply because he portrays a realistic human nature. We never really know what we are capable of forgiving until we are faced with situations that test our heart's limits.


    Any additional comments?

    This story shows what it is to be human and the trials and tribulations of losing a loved one and being able to accept, forgive and move on. A moving story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-26-11
    mary SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-26-11
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    "A Great Read !!!"

    I am a Nicolas Sparks junkie. Once again, I always hate to see his books end. Enjoyable read.

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    pam ALBIA, IA, United States 12-02-10
    pam ALBIA, IA, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Keeps you guessing."

    Kept me guessing most of the book and I had no idea "who done it" until close to the end. Suspense, love, family, laughter - has it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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