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The Best of Me Audiobook
The Best of Me
Written by: 
Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by: 
Sean Pratt
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The Best of Me Audiobook

The Best of Me

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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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    Mona 10-12-11
    Mona 10-12-11

    Crazy for audiobooks!!

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    "Always Good"

    When I knew that Nicholas Sparks would be having his newest book released Oct. 11th, 2011 I could hardly wait! The wait was worth it, of course. He writes in a manner that keeps ones attention and always there is a twist that twinges the emotions, and this one doesn't fail to meet that.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 10-23-11
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Soap Opera"

    This book is a combination Days of our Lives, and Family Feud. I don't know how I got it as I was looking in Mysteries and Thrillers. This is no page turner, and is very touchy feely. The ending is very hokey and I knew the ending long before it came. That said it is not a bad book, and is easy listening for an unrequited love story. There is some action, the family feud part, and a hint of ghosts, but not scary ones. Not my type of book, but if you like soaps, go for it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 10-20-11
    Debbie 10-20-11 Member Since 2015
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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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    K. Brunson Dallas, TX 06-16-16
    K. Brunson Dallas, TX 06-16-16
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    "so typical, but so good"

    a quick easy read with some cool turns. carefully constructed characters with the obligatory Nicholas Sparks arguing couple.

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    Dave 04-23-16
    Dave 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    What a great job by the narrator. The story was excellent but the narrator made it amazing

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    Amy Bonham 04-15-16
    Amy Bonham 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nicolas, you never cease to amaze me!"

    Beautifully written! I love the unabridged versions, they add so many more layers to the story!

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    Cheryl Stewart-Douglas 03-22-16
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    "An engrossing love story with an unexpected twist."

    As with all Nicholas Sparks books, you will have trouble putting this one down, it is surprising, tender, and full of suspense . Enjoy!

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    The Audiobookworm 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sparks' Writing + Pratt's Narration= Perfection"
    Any additional comments?

    4.75 ★ Audiobook⎮ You know what’s my favorite thing about Nicholas Sparks’ books? How perfectly everything always comes together in the end. I’m never left with unanswered questions or a feeling of incompletion. The puzzle pieces he masterfully scatters along like breadcrumbs somehow all fall into place. Like the title, for instance. Hearing a title used in a book is always thrilling (for me, at least) and somewhere towards the end of this one, Sparks used “the best of me” in a line and I thought “Oh, that’s where it came from”. But it was used again in the epilogue under completely different circumstances and when the final piece clicked into place, it was like a punch to the gut. I really shouldn’t have been surprised by Sparks’ ability to cause me such heartache, because he’s been doing it for well over a decade. Nicholas Sparks’ writing became popular here in North Carolina before he was a big hit anywhere else. Everyone loves feeling like they are reading about their hometown. Granted, all of his writing has that “hometown feel”, but it naturally means a little more to North Carolinians. I swear to you, I practically got goosebumps every time he mentioned Raleigh or Durham, or UNC and Duke, because those are things I hear every day. It makes his stories seem that much more real to me. Sparks is a master of creating fictional realities. He weaves just enough reality into his fiction to make you think that the story could actually be true. He develops his characters with such vivid description that they almost become tangible to the reader. Seriously, everyone else can just go home because I’ve never seen anyone do character development as well as he does. To make this point even further: I was watching cars go by on the road in front of my house yesterday and I actually found myself thinking “That looks like the kind of truck Dawson Cole would drive.” Seriously. This story got into my head big time. While I was in the middle of it, I remember wondering why I had gone so long without reading a Nicholas Sparks book (it’s been at least 7-8 years) and then the ending reminded me exactly why I stopped. It’s because he steals your heart and then majorly abuses it. Nicholas Sparks is not a writer you should trust with your heart! All the defenses in the world cannot protect to you. I knew exactly what I was getting into and that did nothing to help me in the end. Starting a Sparks novel is like boarding a train you know is going to crash. But the train is just so pretty, you tell yourself it’s going to be okay. I had plans to watch the movie adaptation after finishing this up (it’s on Netflix), but those plans have definitely been canceled now. I need at least six months before I can even think of reliving this story. I needed almost 24 hours to even write this review. The only reason I am not giving this the full five stars is because I’m still bitter over the ending I didn’t enjoy this story quite to the same degree that I enjoyed A Walk to Remember or The Notebook. And I’m still bitter over the ending. Yet, I’m still recommending it to you. Because I’m a martyr like that.

    Narration review: In my opinion, a good narrator’s job is to bring an author’s writing to life. A great narrator allows the reader to become completely immersed in the author’s creation. An excellent narrator does all of that and manages to enhance the written word. Sean Pratt is an excellent narrator. His narration allowed me to feel like I was living in Nicholas Sparks’ world. When Pratt voiced Dawson Cole, I wasn’t hearing him voice the character Dawson Cole, I was hearing Dawson Cole. I stated above that Sparks’ writing was so vivid that it almost brought the characters to life. Almost. But it was Pratt’s narration that did the rest. Sparks’ writing + Pratt’s narration= the perfect union. They complemented each other in a way that facilitated something truly beautiful. Pratt’s unobtrusive narration style enabled Sparks’ writing to shine. Not only did he adjust his tone and accent distinction according to character, but also to the writing style. The writing called for a third person narrator (omniscient), so Pratt adjusted his narration style accordingly. The third person narrator had no discernible accent, as opposed to the slight (in some cases not-so-slight) southern drawl of the characters. The writing style also involved numerous POV changes, all of which Pratt handled with eloquence. The amount of POV changes would have surely bothered me with any other narrator, but Pratt’s incredible handle on each of the characters’ distinctly unique voices and personalities saw me through it. I am certain that this story wouldn’t have had nearly the same effect on me without him. ♣︎

    ➜ This audiobook was graciously gifted to me by its narrator, Sean Pratt, in exchange for a review containing my honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks, Sean!

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    ekfarrington 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "heart renching"

    so many layers to the story, loved the depth of the characters, highly recommend it

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    02-18-16
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    "The Best of Me"

    Very good book. Love Nicholas sparks and this one didn't disappoint. Didn't t expect the ending, but liked it nonetheless

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