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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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    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 02-28-12
    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Its the "regular" love story again..."

    I read Nicholas Sparks for those mindless, escape novels, where you don't have to think or try to figure out the crime, etc. He tells an interesting story in all of his novels. Regular love story, that starts when the main characters are teenagers, then they go their separate ways only to meet again and rekindle their love that has never gone away. (sniff) This has an interesting twist, and is a more mature kind of love since the characters all have lived their lives apart and now are coming together after 20+ years at the funeral of a friend. A little sappy in parts, but overall, a comfort "food" for the brain.

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    Melissa Naperville, IL, United States 02-08-12
    Melissa Naperville, IL, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great Nicholas Sparks book"
    If you could sum up The Best of Me in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Destiny, Family


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

    Amanda and Dawson walking through the field of wildflowers in front of Tuck's cabin


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

    I don't think I have listened to any of Sean Pratt's recordings.


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

    While I was able to predict the ending, the book kept my attention with the romance between Dawson and Amanda, and the choices that Dawson and Amanda had to make. The characters really came to life for me.


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    Nancy P. Spiller Schererville In. USA 02-07-12
    Nancy P. Spiller Schererville In. USA 02-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The Best of All:"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Best of Me to be better than the print version?

    I love all audio books, helps me to do my hand work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole story took each character to a new level for me, and I loved them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the heart trans-plant was discovered.


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

    It was the first time that my husband had listen to an audio book and he loved it. He is not feel well so this was a big think for me, it did bring a tear to my eyes.


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    Bill Lawton, OK, United States 02-02-12
    Bill Lawton, OK, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Keep Tissues Handy"

    For me, Nicholas Sparks, has done it again. I know not everyone is a fan of a romance novel, but the author combines so many other things into his stories that it becomes a romance on a much higher level. I didn’t give it much thought when I started the boook(as an audiobook)that it might not end the way I wanted it to, but true to Mr. Sparks history he ended it the way he wanted and that caused me to use a lot of Kleenex. I love the story line, the characters, the location and everything about this book.
    If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan and want a good cry pick this one up right now. You’ll be so happy you did.

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    rhonda Detroit, MI, United States 01-31-12
    rhonda Detroit, MI, United States 01-31-12
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    "Sad story but a good read"
    Where does The Best of Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story was really interesting. Too bad it ended so badly. Why do authors think we dont want a happy ending? I can get sad on the news for free....


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    Judith West Chester, OH, United States 11-23-11
    Judith West Chester, OH, United States 11-23-11
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    "Another gift from Nicholas Sparks"

    I loved this book. Sparks is a wonderful writer and his stories are always so good that I can't wait for the next one.
    I have most all of his books and have read some twice. They are all books I could not put down. Read them through in one long sitting!

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    Jho Bishopville, SC, United States 11-18-11
    Jho Bishopville, SC, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Expected more from Nicholas!"

    I've read all of his novels and loved most all of the others. This one was too preditable. I didn't like the ending. I thought the character development was shallow and I didn't fall in love with any of the characters like I usually do. This story just seemed very force to me. I'm sure his next story will be better. The narator was great as Tuck but left a lot to be desired as Dawson and Amanda.

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    Mary 11-08-11
    Mary 11-08-11
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    "Touching"

    I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks... this book deeply touched my heart in ways too personal to explain... it is definitely one my of the top three books... I have already started listening to it once again. Thank you Mr. Sparks for the memories.

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    Suzanne 11-02-11
    Suzanne 11-02-11
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    "AWESOME!!"

    There were tears, and more tears. This book was Awesome, As all of Nicholas Sparks
    Novels are. It has been a week or so since I finished this book and I still get goosebumps
    when I think about it. How many of us have wondered, what our lives would be like had
    we chosen a different path. This book is great and everyone should read it.

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    Marcella Sarasota, FL, United States 11-02-11
    Marcella Sarasota, FL, United States 11-02-11
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    "How gumbled can it get?"

    The story sounded good before I listened to it. The love story might have been there but no not really and the performance was dry and emotionless. It was like I was listening to several different stories that were connected by a thread and nothing was ever fully developed. Sorry but I'm not listening to any more Nicholas Sparks novels they have all been a disappointment.

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