But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne's perfect getaway will be ruined - until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At 54, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort - and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
©2002 Nicholas Sparks, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group
"Sparks builds a taut, plausible relationship between his protagonists." (Publishers Weekly)
This struck me as a lovestory without much closure. Left me wanting more. Characters are well developed and it is well written, but this is not your typical "love story" where everyone lives happily ever after. Left me feeling sad. May be a little too close to "real life!"
This was a nice, casual listen. This is a typical Nicolas Sparks novel that it a bit predictable. Still I enjoyed visiting Rodanthe and the characters that are relatable, but I didn't really "invest" in their lives. I have not seen the movie so would be curious if I would be more invested in the characters in the film. JoBeth Williams was just a pinch distracting stretching the Southern accent a little further than necessary in my opinion.
I thought I would try one of Sparks books but - should have went with my first instinct. I don't care for his story telling - his books are always so depressing.
A nice quick read but so much cheese that it gave me a stomach ache! A typical Sparks novel full of cliché love scenes, corny dialogue and the untimely death of a character just important enough to hopefully get the reader emotionally connected to the story. Ending was predictable but bittersweet none the less. This book is a great reality break for a few hours and does keep you turning pages if you are looking for light entertainment. Recommended for Adults due to slight sexual content.
a definite 10
I enjoyed the beginning
especially great because we stayed in Rodanthe this past summer
It needs a better narrator.
None come to mind
Characters are are fine and necessary to the plot.
Very disappointed in the audio version of the book.
No to Sparks. I think I've enjoyed narrations by Ms. Williams in the past.
Yes, was never interested in "romance" novels, only read it on a whim as a new friend mentioned it.
Not sure it could have been since the writing was so artless.
I can't say. But I would have re-crafted the device of sitting the daughter down and revealing the tryst of 14 years earlier. Felt like a daytime TV series. But hey, this type of writing is not within my realm of experience and the devices may have been intentionally crafted for that audience. I'm the wrong audience, that's all. Won't be seeing the movie.
If you are not looking for fine writing and are willing to settle for artless phrases and worn out and simplistic story telling devices, there IS a story you can relate to. I might compare this ;-) to Annie Dillard's Maytrees, which is full of art but often bloviated. If someone could recommend a middle ground....I suppose I should not have written a review. Sorry.
I absolutely love this book and it has a good moral at the end. It is sad though. Even after listening to it over 20 times, I still want to grab the tissues. I have not read a Nicolas Sparks book that I did not enjoy.
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