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The Best of Me Audiobook

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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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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    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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    Sara 01-26-16
    Sara 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The ending got me, being a mother. "

    Very touching story, didn't want it to end! Sparks taps into all your different emotions.

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    Lauren 01-03-16
    Lauren 01-03-16
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    "Long but worth the wait"

    Enjoyed listening to another Nicholas Sparks love story. Took a while to get through but can't us entertained the whole time. The narrator did a great job with the many voices though a few were comical at times. Overall great story!

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    Courtney ND 11-30-15
    Courtney ND 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This an is a genius"
    Any additional comments?

    Like most Nicholas Sparks books as mentioned in my Notebook review, I do find I like the movies better. This also proves true with The Best of Me. Though a fantastic book, I enjoyed seeing the story more than I enjoyed hearing it. But once again, none it could have been possible without the mind of Nicholas Sparks. I look forward to see what amazing stories he will give us in the future!

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    Jennifer 09-26-15
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    "loved it"

    loved it had a sad ending but still think Nicholas Sparks is a great author.

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    Linda Rowland 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonder story"

    He out did himself on this book. Just wonderful, another book hard to stop reading.
    I love all of his books.
    Thank you

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    Coralee Sidor 09-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Couldn't put it down - the narrator's voice for Dawson sounded much like Elvis Presley - it was wonderful.

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    Gennady 09-03-15
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    "great story!"

    I love the story from the new beginning to the end. however, as an ICU nurse I was able to predict the donor for the transplant.

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    Elizabeth GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, US 08-26-15
    Elizabeth GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, US 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Recycled Garbage"
    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

    The love story of this book is essentially the story from 'The Notebook', just told in a different sequence. And to add "depth" to this story the author shoehorned in edgy characters who are violent drug-addicts.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is tedious, the females are poorly conceptualized, and the murderous family arch does not help the story at all.

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