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Dear John | [Nicholas Sparks]

Dear John

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life - until he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist.
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Publisher's Summary

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life - until he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart.

But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read, and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love - and face the hardest decision of his life.

©2006 Nicholas Sparks. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2007

"[Dear John] brims with longing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sparks, a perennially popular novelist whose name is synonymous with romance and bittersweet endings and whose work translates so readily to movies, lives up to his reputation with his latest novel, a tribute to courageous and self-sacrificing soldiers." (Booklist)

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    11-26-06
    11-26-06 Member Since 2001
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    "As always my favorite"

    I love Nicholas Sparks and he didn't let me down! Great book for us romance people. Ending wasn't what I expected but still loved the way it ended. Can't wait for his next!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Toyo Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA 09-19-07
    Toyo Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA 09-19-07
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    "Dear John"

    The listen was wonderful, I listened to it while crossing the country, and it tugged at my heartstrings and the ending just made my heart melt. I would definately recommend this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 06-30-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story!"

    Well worth the read as with all Nicholas Sparks' books. Wonderful story even though I cried like a baby through some parts. The narrorator was spot on! I could listen to that voice all day! Well worth a credit. Make sure you have a tissue available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Casselberry, FL, United States 06-04-10
    Stephanie Casselberry, FL, United States 06-04-10
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    "best book you ever read? ...you don't read enough"

    Yes, its good, I admit. But I felt a pang of guilty indulgence akin to getting lost in a Lifetime movie. I'm used to reading hefty, educational nonfiction books...something to enlighten me on some global issue or philosophy. Listening to this book was a guilty pleasure, but it was a nice change from my usual reading. I won't say if I liked the way it ended (don't want to spoil it), but I'll just say I either really liked the ending or really didn't like it...you'll know which when you come to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Thankfully not a typical love story"

    In the beginning of the story, I thought it was too detailed and the dialogue a little bland. At one point Savannah says "Duh!" which isn't really a good fit for the linguistics of the late 90's. I held on though, and was rewarded in the end. The detail from earlier helped create the emotional climax near the end...and the characters had grown and blossomed into extraordinarily complex people. I found myself surprised at several twists in the road, both by the way the story was unfolding and the depth of emotion I felt for the characters. The reader did a good job with voices too. I would definitely recommend it as a sweet emotional journey that isn't too typical of love stories.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    rosalee riesel, TX, United States 11-11-06
    rosalee riesel, TX, United States 11-11-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Have the kleenex ready"

    I enjoyed the book, but I had to get the kleenex out several times.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 07-17-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Yes...I've seen the movie....and Yes...."

    the book was better than the movie....and Yes....they both made me cry....BUT probably not for the reason you might be thinking.

    John's father is autistic and such a sweet soul in his gentle way. At the end of John's first leave....when he has just left Savannah after saying a heartbreaking goodbye...John is sitting in the kitchen with his dad and his so very sad and hurting and his dad comes over and does something that I have done so many times in my life when my children have been hurting...His dad put a gentle hand on his back and just stood there saying nothing but feeling everything....just wanting to take all the pain away thru his touch.....to save his child from such heartbreak. I cried and cried and cried.......such a beautiful and tender moment. Nicholas Sparks can write something so simple and make it touch you in a HUGE way.

    This was a good book......and it does pull at the ole heartstrings a few times and causes you to reflect on your own life and the times when you were dealing with a broken heart and loving someone you can't have. Listening to this book was great for the narrator did a fabulous job of making the characters all come to life with their own personalities and voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annika Utrecht, Netherlands 03-30-10
    Annika Utrecht, Netherlands 03-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Best book I have ever read"

    It's beautiful told, you really get into the character because of the emotions and not-emotions in the voice. It's emotional but at points not like you here him choke or something.
    Hope you will enjoy it, and have some tissues next to you while reading!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ayoka Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-18-10
    Ayoka Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Lovely"

    Lovely. A heart warming, heart wrenching listen.

    Better than the movie. Some cheese, but every love story has to have a little of it I suppose.

    It's refreshing to pretend for a while that love can be so innocent and free of worldly taints.

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    Daphne G. Haskin Houston, Texas 02-25-10
    Daphne G. Haskin Houston, Texas 02-25-10 Member Since 2010

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    I loved this book and the narrator was great. I enjoyed on my commute home everyday.

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