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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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.
When Amanda and Dowson saw each other again at Tuck's place.
Yes absolutely, It's like you're dying to know what's gonna happens next.
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.
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
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
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
It's close to the top.
the reunion, you will understand when you listen
The scattering of the ashes
The Gift of Love
Sparks writes stories with a lot of human emotions. Love, tragedy, the things we all deal with in life.
It was a bittersweet ending.
Jaw dropping! Made my heart ache a little.
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!
YES! I know I will cry!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely recommend this audiobook. I was engrossed in the story and impressed with the Performance of the Narrator.
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.
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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