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Message in a Bottle | [Nicholas Sparks]

Message in a Bottle

A 36-year-old woman recovering from a wrecked marriage stumbles across a half-buried bottle along the shores of Cape Cod. Inside, she finds a love letter from a man to his "darling Catherine" written only 3 weeks earlier. She decides to take a dramatic leap that will change her life forever. As she boards a plane, her future is uncertain, yet brims with the promise of self-discovery and the possibility of finding the deepest kind of love. The author of the runaway best seller The Notebook brings another moving tale of self-discovery and courage.
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A 36-year-old woman recovering from a wrecked marriage stumbles across a half-buried bottle along the shores of Cape Cod. Inside, she finds a love letter from a man to his "darling Catherine" written only 3 weeks earlier. She decides to take a dramatic leap that will change her life forever. As she boards a plane, her future is uncertain, yet brims with the promise of self-discovery and the possibility of finding the deepest kind of love. The author of the runaway best seller The Notebook brings another moving tale of self-discovery and courage.

©1998 by Nicholas Sparks, All Rights Reserved, Abridgment Approved by the Author; (P) Time Warner AudioBooks; ©1998 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 01-27-04
    Jesse Ashtabula, OH, USA 01-27-04
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    "Message in a Bottle"

    This story was made into a movie, I saw the movie, I read the book, I listened to the Audible version. All three were right up there with Sparks great productions. I have enjoyed ALL of Sparks works to date and look forward to seeing/reading/listening to anything he produces.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Saratoga Springs, UT, USA 02-07-10
    Bonnie Saratoga Springs, UT, USA 02-07-10
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    "Needs an unabridged version"

    I love Nicholas Sparks, but like to listen to unabridged versions. I am disappointed that this particular book is only available abridged.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Kansas City, MO, United States 08-05-10
    Katherine Kansas City, MO, United States 08-05-10
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    "Abridged :("

    When I downloaded this book I didn't know that it was the abridged version or I probably would not have purchased it. Good story but felt I was missing alot of the details of them falling in love. Most times I get really into Nicholas Sparks books and this one I just wasn't feeling, too short.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Vista, CA, United States 10-01-12
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    "more than I expected because of the narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Message in a Bottle the most enjoyable?

    If you're listening the book likely you've already seen the Kevin Costner movie +/or read Mr. Sparks' book.
    I enjoyed the life and nuance that Mr. Boxleitner breathed into it. He takes the book places that the movie didn't go. Mr. Boxleitner's narration made the book for me. I only wish he'd done more.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Boxleitner ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Boxleitner's narration is always spot on in delivering the appropriate emotion and energy to the material. I felt the guilt, anguish & joy.
    One of Mr. Boxleitner's best narrations is The Hellion by Lavryle Spencer. He portrays male and female characters deftly with care and affection.
    Personally, I found Ms. Quinlan's narration lifeless and unengaging. It's almost as if the material didn't interest her or else she was ill when reading. I kept waiting for her to reflect the energy of the change of her character. I never felt it.


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  • karen newmarket
    4/23/14
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    "moving story and sad ending"
    Would you listen to Message in a Bottle again? Why?

    it was a good story and although I know what happens I think its a great listen


    What other book might you compare Message in a Bottle to, and why?

    I havnt listend to any others like this


    What does Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Boxleitner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    the feeling of the both of them when they meet


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

    I could of if I had time to but unfortunately I don't have time


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen again as it has a good twist and sad ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sar1386
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    12/13/13
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    "To Love Once Again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Message in a Bottle to be better than the print version?

    The audio version gives me a better idea of the character voices, pitch, personalities than the book itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theresa- As she had the courage and determination to go after her dream of a man:)


    What about Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Boxleitner ’s performance did you like?

    The performances were done well but I must say that Bruce Boxleitner's voice did scare me a few times when he spoke suddenly as his voice is so very deep.


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

    Near to the end where the 'boat scene' was told I teared up and was very sad things had to end that way.


    Any additional comments?

    I completed reading 'Message In A Bottle' by Nicholas Sparks yesterday and it was amazing.
    The story focus around two relationships, one in the past and one in the present.
    Theresa (the main character) is stuck in a rut, each day is the same filled with demands at work (she works as a columnist) and not enough time in the day to spend at home with her son Kevin. One day while jogging along the beach Theresa came across a bottle which had a sheet of paper inside, she opened it and the paper revealed the most loving, longing romantic letter she had ever seen written to a Catherine, from Garret. This letter intrigues Theresa and makes her long to see the face behind the lovely words.
    Theresa soon publishes the letter anonymously in her column and the whirlwind of a story starts from there.
    'Message in a bottle’ is a book no-one could put down, it made me want to know more with each page. The relationship in the storyline develops very quickly but you can feel the longing for each other through the pages. I loved everything about this story as it had me feeling all kinds of emotions throughout, the warmth of love, the sadness of loss and the heartbreak of moving on.
    i was apprehensive to read this book at first as i have heard many people dislike Nicholas Sparks books, some the plots, some the writing style. Well i found this perfect! I personally cannot fault it in anyway, i loved the characters and their development, i enjoyed the storyline and i think Sparks approached some difficult topics in a caring and gradual way which is how we do in life.
    For all this i recommend this book to all younger and older, everyone will love it. Do not listen to others negative opinions, it is always better when you try things yourself!
    I can’t wait to read more of N.Sparks books, i just hope to get some soon.
    I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:)

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