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Safe Haven Audiobook

Safe Haven

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When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her... a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards... and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

©2010 Nicolas Sparks (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Jill Elmhurst Township, PA, United States 02-06-11
    Jill Elmhurst Township, PA, United States 02-06-11
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    "Ending ruined the book"

    The ending of this book was so foolish after a relatively strong story line. What a shame

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    Kristy buford, GA, United States 02-01-11
    Kristy buford, GA, United States 02-01-11
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is the first audible I have read (or listened to?) and I am so glad! I absolutely loved it. From the narrator to the story, no complaints!

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    Stachowski East Troy, WI, United States 01-27-11
    Stachowski East Troy, WI, United States 01-27-11
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    "Good Nicholas Sparks"

    A good story as usual by Nicolas Sparks. Characters and story kept interest.
    Worth the credit!

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    Freyja Arlington, VA, United States 01-16-11
    Freyja Arlington, VA, United States 01-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "so/so"

    This was a cute southern book, but was also a bit predictable. I was looking for another fun romance with a twang and some regular funk, but this story went a little too far into detail too many times to keep my attention. I would recommend the listen, the book was very well written; but if you're low on your credits you might want to keep looking.

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    Jackie 01-14-11
    Jackie 01-14-11
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    "Total suspense packed novel with real heart"

    I loved this book! It was action packed and told a real story at the same time. As usual, Nicholas Sparks has taken a love story and turned it into so much more! The characters are totally believable and seem to come right out of real life. It started out a little slow, but once you get into it, the story really comes to life and keeps you gripped in its clutches until the very last line!

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    C. United States 01-14-11
    C. United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2014

    I've been listening to audiobooks since 1998 after I was diagnosed with MS. I had trouble concentrating & these books helped me tremendously

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    "Wonderful"

    Nicholas Sparks has to be one of my favorite authors; as soon as he releases a new book, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I enjoy reading and listening to books. My favorite though is listening; especially if the narrartor is chosen well and in Safe Haven Rebecca Lowman was the perfect choice. I can begin listening to a book and the narrator makes the decision wheither I will continue listening or not.

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    Aleda Glendale Heights, IL, United States 01-06-11
    Aleda Glendale Heights, IL, United States 01-06-11
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    "I've Heard Better"

    The story was interesting until the end, which I predicted (and I'm really bad at predicting). The final ending wasn't that great. The narrators voice was GREAT! The good thing about the book was that it went smoothly and was easy listening. (no thinking) involved. Just a few characters which was nice to listen to in the car.

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    Martin 01-01-11
    Martin 01-01-11
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    "so so book with a horrible ending"

    This book is sappy, which isn't necessarily bad. Sometimes we all need a little of that in our lives.

    What I couldn't stand was the horrible ending. I won't spoil anything for anyone, but the last chapter really ruined it for me. It was the Hallmark Channel ending that nobody needed.

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    Ashley Franklin, TN, United States 12-29-10
    Ashley Franklin, TN, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Dissapointing...Waste of a Credit"

    I thought this would be a wonderful book since I am a Nicholas Sparks fan, but was quickly disappointed. The book, I feel, is overly descriptive and lacks a real story. I didn't get into it until the end and by that time I decided to accept it as a wasted credit and stopped listening. If I were you, I would wait for the movie.

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    Kelli Kingfisher, OK, United States 12-24-10
    Kelli Kingfisher, OK, United States 12-24-10
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    "Mediocre for Sparks"

    I begin by saying that I am a devout fan of Nicholas Sparks. I have read and enjoyed his every work. I am a sucker for tragedy and romance intertwined, and no one delivers such equal parts of the two in writing as does Sparks. While his plots are mocked by some for their predictability, he always delivers in depiction of a "working man's romance," if you will. In Safe Haven, he creates, as always, believable characters (save one) embarking on a believable romantic path together. His dialogue is as down-to-earth and unstilted as is generally the case with his writing. His main characters are at once likable and interesting and his commonly chosen small town setting is as charming as per the norm. Everything is in place for a delivery of yet another enjoyable, albeit likely tear-jerking, Sparks-ian plot.

    However, the book went off the rails somewhere in the middle. The ending "surprise twist" was in plain sight very early. The book attempted to be a thriller/horror but came off like a Lifetime movie. The climax was unbelievable, the characterization of the "villian" became caricature-esque toward the end. The resolution was hasty, at best, giving prominence to the heavily foreshadowed twist. I SO wanted to love this just as I have his others. I did not. It was undistinguishable from a Sandra Brown or ^various other "romantic suspense" novelist's works. That's a negative for me.

    Positives: Narrator is excellent. Main characters are likable. Still better than anything in the typical "Romantic Suspense" category (but only barely) Nearly certain we won't have to see this one in movie format.

    Negatives: Plot. Sparks can do, and has done, much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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