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The Best of Me | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Best of Me

In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
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Publisher's Summary

In the fall of 1984, high-school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, 25 years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for a funeral. Neither has lived the life they imagined - and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers soon realize that everything they thought they knew - about themselves and the dreams they held dear - was not as it seemed. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

©2011 Nicholas Sparks (P)2011 Hachette

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    Debbie 10-20-11
    Debbie 10-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read/listen to so enjoyable"

    Once I started listening to this I could not stop...Once again MR Sparks hits a home run......I love this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danica 11-06-14
    Danica 11-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Tragic but A good one."
    What did you love best about The Best of Me?

    I love how the story goes and had a lot of twist and turns. I love the best when they saw each other after 21 years to be exact and do all the same thing again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best of Me?

    When Amanda and Dowson saw each other again at Tuck's place.


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

    Yes absolutely, It's like you're dying to know what's gonna happens next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Valdez California 10-25-14
    G. Valdez California 10-25-14 Member Since 2011

    busy mom

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    "Not a typical Nicholas Sparks book"

    Not a typical book by this author. This was a sad story that had quite a bit of violence and even a bit of supernatural elements. Each character was more depressing than the next. No one to really root for or get involved with. It was a descent story, but not your typical page turning love story from Nicholas Sparks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pratheba Orth 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "it was OK"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Sparks and/or Sean Pratt?

    maybe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the ending was disappointing on many levels
    I dont want to give anything away but it was waaaay over the
    top as far as believability


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

    I really really did not like his narration/voice when doing the
    female voice (Amanda) I would always be imagining some
    really dumb tall manish women with a strange southern accent
    because of the voice he did for her. AWFUL


    Any additional comments?

    The book was entertaining but
    I was pretty disappointed and actually surprised
    that the book suddenly ended, thats it ?? I thought
    Way too far fetched, not much of a story
    The best parts of the story were when Amanda and
    Dawson are together and thats actually NOT a very big part of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 10-15-14
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 10-15-14 Member Since 2008

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    "LOVE"
    Where does The Best of Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's close to the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best of Me?

    the reunion, you will understand when you listen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scattering of the ashes


    If you could rename The Best of Me, what would you call it?

    The Gift of Love


    Any additional comments?

    Sparks writes stories with a lot of human emotions. Love, tragedy, the things we all deal with in life.

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    Caroline 10-05-14
    Caroline 10-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Similar to his other books, but still good!"
    What did you like best about The Best of Me? What did you like least?

    It was a bittersweet ending.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Jaw dropping! Made my heart ache a little.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The story would start to get a little slow and boring. And the narrator made it worse because he was a bit monotone. BUT still a good audio, no doubt!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    YES! I know I will cry!


    Any additional comments?

    I was recommended this book. And this book has taken me the longest to finish thus far. It's a bit slow in the beginning but the story starts to kick back up again.

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    Krystal 07-30-14
    Krystal 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved IT!"
    What did you love best about The Best of Me?

    I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, and love all of his books. This one was no exception. I could not put it down, what a wonderful, touching, and amazing story. You will not be disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 05-02-14
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "SO not impressed with my 1st Nicholas Sparks read."

    This is the first book I have read from Nicholas Sparks. WOW was I unimpressed. I could predict the plot for the ENTIRE book. It was painfully predictable. I couldn't sympathize with any of the characters, because they were just so pathetic. I would go along listeniung to the narration and think it wasn't bad then boom... I would get struck with the narrator trying to talk like a Southern woman and doing a really poor job of it. If you like this author I imagine all of his stuff is probably about the same.. and I did finish the book.... which says something... but I won't be reading anything else by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 03-30-14
    Jonathan 03-30-14
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    "Boy I'm turning into a prude"

    I'm a guy who enjoys Nicholas Sparks' books. I believe in the power of love ... deal with it.
    That said, I have only so much empathy for characters who turn the other cheek and take the fall for others' mistakes, as the hero does here.
    What triggered my prude reaction was my realization that this is a love story between two people, one of whom is married with young children. Not many ways that can end happily unless the inconvenient spouse is killed off by the author, are there? Which may not be the way it ends - I'm not going to spoil your read / listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie 03-19-14
    Jessie 03-19-14
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    "Interesting Storyline-Powerful and Compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommend this audiobook. I was engrossed in the story and impressed with the Performance of the Narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the background, followed with unexpected twists and turns, the emotional turmoil and ultimate fulfillment of many lives through loss and love, overcoming life's obstacles and let downs.


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    Sean Pratt conveyed they emotion of each character so that they were easily distinguishable and believable. He is an excellent reader and performer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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