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The Choice | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Choice

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.
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Publisher's Summary

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen.

Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage, and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

©2007 Nicholas Sparks; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A tender and moving love story...Sparks' latest does not disappoint." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer Williamsport, PA, United States 09-02-12
    Amazon Customer Williamsport, PA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Rachel H.

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    "Attention keeper"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Choice to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read print version.


    What other book might you compare The Choice to and why?

    This is not my usual sort of book, so I can't really compare it to others I've read.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He has a very engaging voice. A little bit of accent and a nice mellow flow of speaking.


    If you could take any character from The Choice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think Gabby. She has a deep down earthiness that I liked.


    Any additional comments?

    I watched the Notebook and cried my eyes out ( I have no idea why this is a good thing). I thought I'd try more of Nicholas Sparks work and since I listen to a lot of books, this was the way to go. Again, I cried through parts of it, not knowing for sure how it would end. Glad I wasn't listening at work :) I really enjoyed all of this book and went back and bought four more of his books. Well worth the credit.

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    I am who I am, don't judge me 08-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Yes, I said it!

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    "It's a NORMAL Nicholas Sparks Book"
    What did you like best about The Choice? What did you like least?

    The BEST was the love story and the Worst was how the love story started.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nicholas Sparks? Why or why not?

    Of Course I LOVE Nicholas


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boat scene was my absolute favorite part.


    Did The Choice inspire you to do anything?

    uhmmmmmm well....to stop looking for love because it will find you.


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    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 06-26-12
    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 06-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very romantic"
    If you could sum up The Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, hopeful, funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    The man that Travis was. He never gave up on Gabby.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Travis went and assisted in Gabby's physical therapy for the first time in the book. I loved how it was described.


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance. Very happy with the ending. Good and easy.

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    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 06-01-12
    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 06-01-12 Member Since 2009

    penelope poopendorfer

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    "Such a Sweet Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Choice the most enjoyable?

    The characters, the narrator, this beautiful story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved me to tears. Such a sweet love story, and love stories aren't really my thing, In fact I had purchased this several months ago started it and blew it off. Figured I wouldn't like it. I scanned my library and remembered this. What a sweet surprise. The characters are people you can relate to. Just very simple, everyday people. And an actual love story that is believable.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure. But I loved his performance in this. He has a beautiful voice. One you don't get tired of hearing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. When you have felt that sort of love in your life you understand what this poor man was going through. I loved him for loving her the way that he did.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to any one. Even hard nosed mystery buffs like me. Its nice sometimes to enjoy the beauty in life sometimes, not all the suspense.

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    Joyce Hilliard, OH, United States 05-12-12
    Joyce Hilliard, OH, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Busy working mom, very little to no free time. Enjoys escaping from reality with light hearted and humorous stories. Books movies & audios.

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    "A great story... narrator was excellent."
    Would you listen to The Choice again? Why?

    Yes... A great story, the narrator was excellent. Can hardly wait to see if they make a movie to see if how I imagine people are how 'Hollywood' would imagine people.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Perfect voice tones for the story.


    If you could rename The Choice, what would you call it?

    Hard Choices


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    Melissa POPLAR BLUFF, MO, United States 03-17-12
    Melissa POPLAR BLUFF, MO, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "memorable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Choice the most enjoyable?

    I had to tell my husband all about this one. I will remember this story for a very long time. Very emotional and makes a person take the uncertainty of life a little more seriously. I highly recommend this listen.


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    R. Pflugerville, TX, United States 10-27-11
    R. Pflugerville, TX, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent story, poorly read."

    This is not one of Sparks best stories in my opinion. It was mostly predictable and slow moving. However, the narrator made it nearly unbearable for me with his "southern" accents. He read it too slowly and I didn't like the narrator's choice of voices for the main characters.

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    Emily O. Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-23-11
    Emily O. Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-23-11
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    "Really Love Sparks....But this one so-so."

    I read this book over a year ago and for the life of me I can't remember how it ended. Goes to Show how much of an effect it had on me. Big fan of Nicholas Sparks and buy all his books. But I felt this book was a little too slow moving for me, I wasn't particularly as fond of the characters as I am other Sparks characters. If you like Sparks- I would give it a chance. A mediocre Sparks book is better than not having any Sparks book at all.

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    Kelly 07-23-11
    Kelly 07-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Listen"

    While I agree with the previous comment that this book felt a bit like emotional extortion (especially towards the end) I did very much enjoy it. At times I have tuned out listening to other audiobooks. That did not happen once with this one. I am a big Nicholas Sparks fan and this one was among my favorite. The narrator is excellent as well - I will definitely be looking for him again.

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    Beca beaver, WV, United States 10-26-10
    Beca beaver, WV, United States 10-26-10
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    "One of my FAVORITES!!!"

    I love this book!! It was sweet and very endearing. The story line was great and kept me guessing the whole book. You get so caught up in the story of how Travis and Gabby start out you forget that Travis is only remembering what has happened. The ending is by far one of my favorites. I cried my eyes out for joy and sadness. I have to say this is one of my favorites and I am really hard to please with his books. I feel this one was a fresh alternative to his other stories. I loved it!!

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