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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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    Jessie Lebanon, PA, United States 03-19-14
    Jessie Lebanon, PA, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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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.


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    Kristy Orlando, FL, United States 10-08-13
    Kristy Orlando, FL, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Retelling of The Notebook"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Sparks and/or Sean Pratt?

    I would read another Nicholas Sparks book, I have read more good than bad from him. His story's are always entertaining and engaging.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will be Ender's Game, I had reread that book multiple times and can't wait to listen to it.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Dawson


    Any additional comments?

    To me this was just a retelling of The Notebook with a darker side. Two people are reunited after years of separation from a summer romance. They spend the weekend together remembering their old feelings. The male lead has never truly gotten over the women lead and while the women has moved on and has her own family when they are reunited all of that goes out the window.

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    Kathy Knoxville, TN, United States 09-06-13
    Kathy Knoxville, TN, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this book!"
    If you could sum up The Best of Me in three words, what would they be?

    It touched me!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Best of Me and why?

    I loved this whole story. I couldn't put it down.


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    Jennifer Surprise, AZ, United States 08-15-13
    Jennifer Surprise, AZ, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2013

    Part of my job is cleaning vacation rental homes so while doing so I love to listen to books! Mystery books and suspense are the BEST!

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    "Love this book!!"
    Would you listen to The Best of Me again? Why?

    I might although its a tear jerker. Would love this one to be made into a movie!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. At the beginning I wasn't sure I would but by the middle I couldn't stop listening! Had me crying for sure at the end. But a really good one. I will listen to more of his for sure!

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    Leanael AUBREY, TX, United States 08-10-13
    Leanael AUBREY, TX, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This is why Nicholas Sparks is a BEST SELLER"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Best of Me to be better than the print version?

    Yet another wonderful blend of action, suspense and love. Nothing left to say other that once again Nicholas Sparks has put to paper pure genius.


    What other book might you compare The Best of Me to and why?

    Can not be compared.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time and it was wonderful


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

    Absolutey


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    Dawn Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 07-05-13
    Dawn Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "EXCELLENT! KEEP KLEENEX HANDY!"
    Any additional comments?

    Once again Nicholas Sparks doesn't disappoint. This one will keep you guessing with again, a very surprise ending! Excellent book, must read, but very sad.

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    Sivon Spokane, WA 04-28-13
    Sivon Spokane, WA 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing"

    This, so easily could have been a 5 star book. I've read a few books lately that were poorly written or aimed at a younger audience, so after cozying up with this book I was happy to find I had finally found a book that was *good*, and well written. I loved the characters, and Sparks had me wanting to keep reading.

    I was a bit disappointed in the middle of the book, I'm not a fan of affairs and don't like it when stories include them - thankfully Amanda thought better of an affair with Dawson or leaving her husband Frank, and the star couple parted ways. I was hoping that the author would resolve the story by pairing the couple back together later in life by the death of her husband or some other way that wouldn't paint the soul mates badly - but instead, Sparks killed off the hero, Dawson...

    I would have voted 4 or 5 stars for my review, but killing Dawson at the end killed it all for me. It feels like Sparks was playing a cruel joke on his readers by building up such a great feeling about this couple, and what a great guy Dawson was, and then writes in Dawson's murder at the end. The only thing Sparks left out was a "Muahahahaha....." at the end, because after reading this book it feels like that's what Sparks must have been thinking when he finished writing this book.

    As for the narration, I would have preferred a female narrator because men never seem to be able to master the mushy tones of a romance, or do the female voices as well. But Sean Pratt did do the best narration of a romance I've ever heard a man do.

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    Angela United States 03-28-13
    Angela United States 03-28-13

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    "Why bother?...unless you like being depressed..."

    The narrator performed well...wasn't boring or monotone. But I'm sorry to say that this is my least favorite NS book of all time! I had a hard time staying interested in the story, and I didn't really connect much with the characters. But I stayed with it! It felt like a sob story from the beginning. I am so disappointed...I don't know if Mr.Sparks was going through a depression or grief stage when he wrote this, but it sure was rough. I listened to the whole thing (to get my credit's worth), and, despite the gray story, the ending did choke me up a little and brought some tears to my eyes. If there is one thing Mr.Sparks CAN ALWAYS DO, it's make me cry. Damn you, Nicholas Sparks! Unless you are a completist, spare yourself the time and the tears.

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    Melanie SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 03-11-13
    Melanie SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 03-11-13
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    Would you listen to The Best of Me again? Why?

    Yes, loved the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Love story inside the tragedy


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was not impressed with his voice, thought it could have been with a different voice someone with a little more emotion


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

    I could have, but I listened on 2 flights


    Any additional comments?

    No I love Nicholas Sparks and his writing skills, just need to select the voices and the story tellers in the reading a little more carefully. The percentage of listeners are woman. So more emotion when reading would have been more dramatic when listening.

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    Tara lindale, GA, United States 03-05-13
    Tara lindale, GA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Busy mother of three without time to sit and read...Audible has allowed me to enjoy a great book while doing lifes mundane chores!

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    Would you listen to The Best of Me again? Why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this listen...Sweet reunion of two first loves.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Left a knot in my stomach...but sometimes life just happens that way.


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