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The Guardian Audiobook

The Guardian

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Publisher's Summary

Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?

Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire....

© 2003 Nicholas Sparks; (P)2003 Time Warner Audiobooks, A division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Sparks fans clamor for his brand of love story, and with the added punch of suspense, this one will be another best seller." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    J. 08-22-13
    J. 08-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't believe I am returning a Nicholas Spark book"

    I literally could not finish two chapters of this book. Boring is not a sufficient adjective to describe it. Weak characters and the narrator was just so monotone.

    Perhaps the meat of this book will come but I could make myself finish it.

    I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks and absolutely loved his book "The Best of Me" and also "Safe Haven" to mention a few.

    So glad Audible provides customers options to try other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angelcakes United States 07-20-13
    Angelcakes United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2017

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    "A bit predictable, but Sparks always makes me cry!"
    If you could sum up The Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable. Romantic. Bittersweet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the dog, Singer. He is the real hero of the story, and Sparks did such a good job of giving the dog a personality of his own.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Isabel Keating?

    I have listened to many of Mark Kay Andrews' books narrated by Isabel Keating in the past. If I see her name, I usually will give the book a try. She's a good narrator, especially with southern accents and outrageous characters. This performance wasn't up to par with the MKA books she's narrated, but it was still pretty good.


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

    Mike. He sounds like a great guy once you get to know him.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best Sparks fare, but it was a decent story that kept me interested and had some good plot twists. This was a nice change from his usual love stories. And, of course, even though I thought I was safe...he made me cry big baby tears at the end! Have your tissues ready!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Mt Gilead, OH, United States 05-31-13
    Holly Mt Gilead, OH, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another excellent story by Nicholas Sparks!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it had an engaging story and likeable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot--there was actually a building of suspense and a climax.


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

    She brings more personality to the characters.


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    Ashlee Rickert 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspenseful!"

    I love the romance of Nicholas Sparks! Im not a huge fan of the violence/suspense. It was still a good love story, but if suspense isn't your flavor I'd recommend another of his titles :)

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    Julia 12-17-16
    Julia 12-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great Nichols Sparks novel"

    Like other Nicholas Sparks novels that brought me to tears, this story forced me off the freeway do to my crying.

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    Mark E Johnson 12-08-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Missing prologue"

    The audible version is missing the very important prologue. Great listen though. Love the authors work.

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    Betty 11-25-16
    Betty 11-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Guardian"

    I enjoyed the story line, but some parts were corny! The readers were corny. Should have been a male reader, that might have helped. But story line was good.

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    Teresa Full Milwaukee, WI, US 10-25-16
    Teresa Full Milwaukee, WI, US 10-25-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story that kept Me liistening"

    loved it. held my interest for long periods of time. nicely paced and good narrative

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    Ms Jenx Texas 08-05-16
    Ms Jenx Texas 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful love story"

    very well read, great story line, Beautiful love story
    hated that the dog died

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    djtoney 07-31-16
    djtoney 07-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Loved the story... Especially the relationship between her and the dog. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend!

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