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The Guardian | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Guardian

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?
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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)

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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

    Angela

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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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    Dawn 07-05-13
    Dawn 07-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME! Nicholas Sparks NEVER disappoints me!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved it! Hope they will make a movie out of this one! Definitely worth it, MUST READ!

    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 2015
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 07-18-15
    Pam 07-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Guarded"

    The story was intriguing although perhaps predictable and drawn out in the last quarter. The reading was stilted in places.

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    stoltzfus 07-16-15
    stoltzfus 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!"
    Where does The Guardian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my top ten for sure!


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

    Near the end!


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

    She brings the characters to life more than I ever could!


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

    That's the perfect name!


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 07-08-15
    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best

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    "It was a good summer read"

    I had a hard time getting into the story but enjoyed it in the end.

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    Farrah ESSEX, MD, United States 06-12-15
    Farrah ESSEX, MD, United States 06-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow to start but overall a great story"

    New to Nicholas Sparks, this story was a slow starter. It took awhile to get it in gear. Once it did it was a wonderful story. The perforate is terrific, really captures the accents and different characters well.

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    Emily Vermont, USA 06-02-15
    Emily Vermont, USA 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh"

    It's okay. It's not my favorite. I recommend it to my friend though because she likes his books. I still like Dear John.

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    Michele James 04-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My first book by this author"

    I love listening to this narrator and I loved this story line. There was a lot of sadness in the book but I still enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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