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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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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-18-11
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Horribly depressing"

    I cannot believe I listened to this book all the way through. Mr. Sparks, I know every story doesn't have to have a happy ending but books are my entertainment. While you can weave quite a story. This is just too depressing. I found it unbelieveable long maybe it was just dragging me down. Narrator performance was very good.
    I do not purchase or listen to books to be taken this far down emotionally.
    If you are a NS fan, you will probably buy this as I did but I cannot recommend this book.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Cole Maryville, TN, United States 05-02-12
    Cole Maryville, TN, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a 34-year old litigator, father of three young sons. I listen to a lot of business books, suspense/thrillers, bios, and history.

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    "I can't believe I am admitting this..."

    But, yes, I also listen to Nicholas Sparks occasionally. The story itself is vintage Sparks sappy, fairly predictable, made for movie. The narration is average, but it didn't stand up. Nothing particularly special about this book, but it was a good read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Coral Springs, FL, United States 11-18-11
    James Coral Springs, FL, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2010

    Late 50's guy who will read anything from great fiction to bad romance. I only comment to keep readers from wasting valuable credits.

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    "Dear Audible, Never let me buy another NS book."

    Typical Nicholas Sparks tearjerker, just more so. You can see the "shocking" ending from 100 pages away.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    D Hermitage, PA, United States 12-15-11
    D Hermitage, PA, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2005
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    "A Downer"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Sparks and/or Sean Pratt?

    I certainly would try other books from Sparks, they are usually a little more inspiring than this one.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

    One sad event after another


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

    No I had not to my knowledge.


    Was The Best of Me worth the listening time?

    Oh I would say it was fine, just not great.


    Any additional comments?

    There really wasn't one happy event in the lives of the characters in this book. The overall theme was fine, intended to be happy, but individually it was a downer.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    12-04-11
    12-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "SAPPY!!"
    What disappointed you about The Best of Me?

    If you are looking for a predictable book this it ! Melo dramatic to the point I laughed out loud


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Undaunted Courage


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better story line.


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

    I had a few good laughs because it was so maudlin


    Any additional comments?

    Bad southern accents

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Del Venice, FL 10-22-11
    Del Venice, FL 10-22-11 Member Since 2006

    Delpatina

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    "A must read"

    I am a 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 disapointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 11-04-13
    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Peace and Love Binds the Human Soul"

    Loved It! I listened to the whole novel in one day...Sparks did a masterful job of leading the listener through the characters' thoughts and actions...allowing you to predict outcomes but often the expected...would twist and create emotions that you didn't anticipate. The narration was perfect and this is well worth your time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mona Denison, TX, United States 10-12-11
    Mona Denison, TX, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2011

    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.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn HUMBLE, TX, United States 10-25-11
    Marilyn HUMBLE, TX, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring!"

    The story line is weak and slow. The characters are not appealing. You really don't care what happens to them. I am 90% through with the book and have quit listening. The ending is now obvious and so ridiculous that I can't stand to listen to it. This book is sappy beyond belief. The narrator is just OK.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    brendalee 08-27-14
    brendalee 08-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"
    What made the experience of listening to The Best of Me the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, I think the voice you hear is what makes the book come alive.


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

    The ending. I think knowing that someone could love you so much and leave this world but still be part of you is amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she hugs her son and hears Dawsons Heart.


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

    I laughed and I cried with this book. i couldn't set it down. the amount of feelings that the characters have and the suspense that happens when your waiting for something bad to happen


    Any additional comments?

    I say people should read this if they plan to watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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