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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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    Amazon Customer 02-14-15

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    "The most unrealistic book and sad to boot"
    What disappointed you about The Best of Me?

    The whole story disappointed me.... it was as if the author couldn't make their mind up and just kept spinning story after story within the story... then meshed them up to make them link up to an odd ending. Kind of like a bad dream you have that makes no sense.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

    It was predictable and stayed true... miserable lives miserable ending.


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

    His voice is just the best... I mean the best. The vocal level was soothing and keeps you calm and quiet while he spins the story out. I hated the book but loved the narrators voice so kept listening. My only complaint on my kindle I had trouble turning the volume up loud enough a little more volume for me would of been great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was only one redeeming quality for me and it was the narrator who just did the best job. I want to hear more of Sean Pratt I might even go outside of my normal reading choices just to listen to him.


    Any additional comments?

    You know they keep making movies out of this authors books and some of them I actually like. This one though.... it just tanks all the way to the end. ---- I like it when you see a DVD that says it has a Fairy Tale Ending that should tell you something.

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    J Hill Kitty Hawk, NC 02-12-15
    J Hill Kitty Hawk, NC 02-12-15 Member Since 2016

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    "LOVE!!"

    What can I say except Nicholas Sparks did it again. I just love to listen or read his books. They are easy to follow, characters are deep and you feel like you are part of the story. Another must read for Nicholas Sparks fans.

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    Kim Jensen 02-10-15
    Kim Jensen 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sweet and sad"

    If you enjoy love stories Nicholas Sparks can pull at your heart strings with his charming Southern style . Can't wait for the next one.

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    M. Hawley US 02-02-15
    M. Hawley US 02-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not the "Best of Nicholas Sparks""
    Any additional comments?

    Not good. The story is weak and boring. The accents are too heavy and overdone. I could not finish it.

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    Teresa E. Carlos 01-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "good reading, sad story"

    why are these stories so sad? :( it's a good story but it just doesn't feel good.

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    Hannah M Pierce 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the book, till the end"

    I couldn't put the book down, relating more thn once to many parts. But it's not my time of ending.

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    Compute 01-20-15
    Compute 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really good read"

    The Best of Me is one of those books that almost anyone would enjoy. It reminds us of lost youth, lost love and our life in general. The book takes the love of two teens who are separated by circumstances and shows what happens when they meet many years later and with so many hard life experiences behind both of them. It makes us look within to see where we are in life, our regrets and shows how very short and unexpected life can be. Nicholas Sparks is a master at writing about love and life and this book is thoroughly enjoyable. It’s not one of his best books, but well worth the read. And when reading, especially the last third of the book, be sure and have tissues handy. They will definitely be needed.

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    A Customer 01-06-15
    A Customer 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sweet story"

    It was a bitter sweet love story.
    The story was really interesting.
    The narration was good.
    It made me sad.

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    Meringolo 12-31-14
    Meringolo 12-31-14
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    "A charmer"

    Sweet like the rest of his books. I highly recommend it. Though somewhat predictable still a tear jerker

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    Danica 11-06-14
    Danica 11-06-14

    21 | Filipino | Audible Technical Support | Loving the Audible and the Audiobooks

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    "Tragic but A good one."
    What did you love best about The Best of Me?

    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.


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

    When Amanda and Dowson saw each other again at Tuck's place.


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

    Yes absolutely, It's like you're dying to know what's gonna happens next.


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