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Nights in Rodanthe | [Nicholas Sparks]

Nights in Rodanthe

Nicholas Sparks, best selling author of A Bend in the Road and A Walk to Remember, returns with this touching tale of two vulnerable people who find love in the eye of a storm.
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Publisher's Summary

At 45, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache, and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend.

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

What the Critics Say

"Sparks builds a taut, plausible relationship between his protagonists." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Karla livingston, TX, United States 03-04-09
    Karla livingston, TX, United States 03-04-09
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    "Not a "happily ever after" book!"

    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!"

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Dolan Springs, AZ, United States 08-12-09
    Connie Dolan Springs, AZ, United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Depressing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G Redding, CA, United States 09-22-13
    G Redding, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator wasn't good"
    What would have made Nights in Rodanthe better?

    It needs a better narrator.


    What other book might you compare Nights in Rodanthe to and why?

    None come to mind


    Would you be willing to try another one of JoBeth Williams’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Nights in Rodanthe?

    Characters are are fine and necessary to the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed in the audio version of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie 07-16-13
    Jackie 07-16-13
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    "Sorry, if you are looking for art"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Sparks and/or JoBeth Williams?

    No to Sparks. I think I've enjoyed narrations by Ms. Williams in the past.


    Has Nights in Rodanthe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, was never interested in "romance" novels, only read it on a whim as a new friend mentioned it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure it could have been since the writing was so artless.


    What character would you cut from Nights in Rodanthe?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chrystin Sheridan, AR, United States 07-26-11
    Chrystin Sheridan, AR, United States 07-26-11
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    "Love this book!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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