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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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    Courtney Nebraska, USA 04-23-13
    Courtney Nebraska, USA 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow Moving!"
    Would you try another book from Nicholas Sparks and/or Holter Graham?

    I would probably try another book, yes. Though, this book was so predictable and slow moving. I found myself literally trying to move the book along.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine, but the music between chapters was SO annoying! Who had that idea to play relaxation music at the start/end of chapters or sections? It distracted me and added absolutely nothing to the narration.


    Was The Choice worth the listening time?

    I'm glad it is a short book and was one sale when I bought it! It's a perfect book to listen to when you may be slightly distracted because you won't miss a thing if you inadvertently stop listening for a minute or two.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea behind the story was decent but the build up was slow and the entire novel was predictable. The music that was played periodically was distracting and, quite frankly, annoying. Decent book, but not a favorite of mine by any stretch.

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    Krysten Forsyth, GA 04-18-13
    Krysten Forsyth, GA 04-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I laughed and I cried with this one more than any."
    What did you love best about The Choice?

    I love the way he loved her!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie, because she encouraged Travis and Gabby without them really knowing that was what she was doing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Gabby met the vet! LOL


    Who was the most memorable character of The Choice and why?

    Travis with the way he loved Gabby and "The Choice" he made for love. I would have done the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I got so caught up with the story of how they met that I forgot the beginning of the book. AND as soon as I remembered with his walk into the hospital, I cried until the last chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TN 04-11-13
    Amazon Customer TN 04-11-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Classic Sparks"
    Would you listen to The Choice again? Why?

    No. The angst in Nicholas Sparks' stories is just too painful to be borne more than once. Does nobody in his imaginary world ever have any opportunity for happiness?

    That said, the writing skill is flawless and the performance outstanding.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not very credible, but I'm happier with it than I would have been otherwise.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'm done with Nick. I'm suffering too much with his characters. The quality of my life will improve greatly when I no longer remember the plots to his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mindy West Jordan, UT, United States 04-03-13
    Mindy West Jordan, UT, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One of His Best even if it isn't already a Movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Choice to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version did a great job with this one. I have read the paper back, and I think the narrator did a better job with some than I did in my own imagination. This book hasn't been turned in to a movie like some of Spark's other stuff, but I think the audio version brings it to life just perfect!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Choice?

    My favorite part is when Gabby meets Stephanie. It makes me laugh because I can relate to being a sarcastic joker.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He has great range and does a great job with all the voices. Each have a personality he brings to life!


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

    I would take Travis out because he sounds HOT!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Nicholas Spark's Junkie!! This is one of my favorites and my husband and I listen over and over again!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela edina, MN, United States 03-09-13
    Pamela edina, MN, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't waste a credit on this one"

    I have read/listened to many of Sparks books - and as time goes on - they become more predictable and slower - and slower........ I didn't even finish the story - since I found myself drifting and thinking of when is this going to be over. So - I moved on and went to another book. Not only was it slow and monotonous - but depressing as well. The narrator was good though.

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    Heather Traverse city, MI, United States 02-05-13
    Heather Traverse city, MI, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "lame"
    What disappointed you about The Choice?

    The Characters had none, character that is. I really dislike the 'meet them & mate them' mentality. I could not even finish this pathetic story, although I'm sure it was almost over.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Choice?

    My Mother has always said, that it is impossible for a male author to write the part of a woman, in this case I'd agree. The simplistic thought process of the main character was extremely disappointing. As a mother of three children I find it almost impossible to get into a good book, so when I get the chance I'd rather not waste my time as I did listening to this.


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    Edmund United States 01-30-13
    Edmund United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disppointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A friend and I wanted to listen to a romantic story which we would then discuss. We picked this as the author has been successful and it's set at a Carolina beach. However, we were both disappointed - although that in itself gave us plenty to discuss. I listened to it at 2X speed on my iPhone so that I could get through it quickly.


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    Allison 12-06-12
    Allison 12-06-12
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    "Great love story"
    What did you love best about The Choice?

    I loved the twist that was added to the story, when I thought I knew what the choice would be, it changed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Berett Fort Collins, Colorado United States 11-29-12
    L. Berett Fort Collins, Colorado United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Choice to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Choice?

    but the audio version was great. My wife and I like to listen to one of his books when on a long trip and the miles just melt away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    You never know what to expect next.......there is always an unusual twist.


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

    This book will make you laugh and cry and laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MR 11-13-12
    MR 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Predictable with a twist."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Choice to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare as I have not read the print version


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

    I have listened to a few of Nicholas Sparks', typically after something a bit more serious and hard hitting. His stores are a bit predicable and I have come to realize each has a twist that is unexpected. I do enjoy his work but find them similar...The Notebook , Dear John, The Choice etc. but when looking of this type of store Sparks does it very well.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    I am very particular about my narrator's . A bad one will make me stop listening to a book. Graham is an enjoyable narrator and fits the story type. A good combination writer/narrator.


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

    I liked the twist, unexpected.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more Spark's novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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