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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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    M. Chinander Southern Oregon USA 10-13-07
    M. Chinander Southern Oregon USA 10-13-07 Member Since 2002

    loves husky dogs

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    "Wow"

    The Choice is by far Nicholas Sparks' best book. I have listened to several, enjoying most. I was so into this book and the story, I couldn't believe it. Parts were a little dragged out but I realized I didn't mind since it prolonged the enjoyment of the book. If you like relationship books, it's a great listen. I highly recommend it. BTW, I've never taken the time to review any book before but this one was worth it.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Molly columbia, MD, USA 01-24-08
    Molly columbia, MD, USA 01-24-08
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    "Good Read"

    I generally like all of Spark's books, but this one was a good light hearted one with a twist. It touches on the daily trials and tribulations and I think that people can relate. A good read - the narrator is excellent.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    11-16-07
    11-16-07 Member Since 2006

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    "an emotional tug"

    While I did, in the end, enjoy this book at times it felt like the author was putting me through emotional extortion. He is tricky in his use of wording, so as to keep the reader constantly guessing where the end of the plot is going. He wrings every drop possible out of you and, at times it is annoying. The main part of the book is a very enjoyable love story. So, if you are up for an emotional roller coaster, go for it! The character development and setting are great. The narrator is very good. I'll look for him again in the future. Finally, I can't imagine anyone doing justice to this story in an abridged version. So, if you do listen to it, enjoy the long version.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Frankie woodland Hills, CA, USA 11-03-07
    Frankie woodland Hills, CA, USA 11-03-07
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    "What a choice to have to face!"

    Get a box of tissue for this one. What a great story!
    My new favorite.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 11-04-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Another Sparks tearjerker"

    If you loved the Notebook then you will love this one too. It's a typical N. Sparks story. It dragged a little at the beginning but the ending was well worth the listen. Just be sure to have the tissues close by....

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 01-13-08
    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 01-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "the ending was a let down"

    good story and held my attention until the end. I felt more should have been focused with the end rather to just quickly tie up loose ends with a few pages. The end was not as developed as well but none the less a good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana L. Kepferle 10-14-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Book"

    Loved the book. It had many surprises and I would highly recommend it. Mr. Sparks has created another great book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ali redondo beach, CA, USA 05-24-10
    Ali redondo beach, CA, USA 05-24-10
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    "on of the best book from Nicholas Sparks"

    on of the best book from Nicholas Sparks

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Green 04-14-10
    Lisa Green 04-14-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Simply wonderful"

    Sparks never ceases to amaze me with his ability to connect the smallest details to become the bigger picture. The narration was good, somehow giving me a visual clarity with just the right tone. Loved it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna albany, GA, USA 11-22-07
    Donna albany, GA, USA 11-22-07 Member Since 2007
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    "the choice is a great choice"

    This was a great listen I eagerly wanted to have an errand to run so I could listen to this audiobook and shed a tear and a sigh to this story and its very real believable characters. Nicholas Sparks has another success

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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