Audie Award Winner, Romance, 2014
Ira Levinson is in trouble. At 91 years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward - even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans - a future that Luke has the power to rewrite... if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
©2013 Nicholas Sparks (P)2013 Hachette Audio
The detail of the relationships.
I felt like I knew the characters
Sophia was my favorite because of her simple loving heart, Ira was my favorite because of his deep love for his wife and Luke was my favorite because of his honest integrity and love for Sophia. Ruth was my favorite because of her love of Ira, her students and art she reminds me of my German grandmother who's name was the same and was also a school teacher.
I like the title of the book for this
There is so much I could say about this book. It embodies the love of a full life both of man to woman as well as the love of learning and the arts both on canvas and in the sports arena.
This was such a great listen...it started a bit slow for me...but I was soon taken in by Ira. And then Ruth, and then their relationship. I LOVED this story. It brought out emotions in me that were different than other books...I think its because of the relationships....what a great turn of events... the narration of Ira and Ruths voices were so convincing to me. I loved how they were projected....it could be a very good movie.....
I highly recommend this book to others....
There is not enough words for me to describe this book. Once again, Nickolas Sparks has done it again. This book is about 3 live coming together in 1 single moment. I couldn't put this book down from start to finish. How can 1 person love another so much? Read the book and you'll find out and be hooked just like I was. I hope they don't make this 1 into a movie :)
Nicholas Sparks does it again. A heart warming story unlike most of his previous works, but still all about people, and the unexpected juncture at which they meet. At this stage of my life, this book reminded me again to appreciate the wonderful wife I have also been blessed to share a life with. It reminded me to treasure the time we still have together, and to make the most of every moment. I even had the privilege to listen to the audiobook with her as we worked our farm and prepare produce for the market. Without giving away anything specific, rest assured, this is one of Nicholas' feel-good stories!
Letting the rest of the world go by
The author had two different stories playing in his mind and by telling both of them in one book made for a better book.
This book was much better than watching TV. The different narrators make each story their own as the one is telling their story. My wife would sew and I would work on the crossword puzzle while listening. Sometimes, the story got so compelling at our bedtime we brought it with and kept listening for over an hour more. We seldom do that but the story is that nicely written and narrated thus compelling.
I don't want to mislead. By Nicholas Sparks standards this story was only okay, but even a so so Sparks' novel is better than 90% of everything else (Sturgeon's Law as applied to novels with the Nicholas Sparks exception).
Say something about yourself!
The LONGEST RIDE is a work of ART in which Nicholas Sparks magically brings together two stories. The story makes a perfect circle. The narrators in the audio version is extremely well done. This is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books to date. I read only nonfiction unless the author is Nicholas Sparks. He is not only gifted as an author but also has depth in showing what is truly important in our lives-- family, values and our spirituality.
Definitely. You won't be able to put it down because you are constantly wondering how the pieces will fit together. A fantastic, heart-warming story that proves our lives constantly touch one another regardless of whether we know one another or if we are complete strangers.
They were all my favourite. Ira did stand out because of the story he had to tell.
They bring the characters to life. You begin to feel as if you are a part of the characters lives and they are sitting with you telling you about their lives.
Yes, I was brought to tears near the end and don't want to spoil anything for anyone. I became so emotional that I had to stop my audiobook for a few minutes. This is one of Nicholas Sparks unique qualities though. His stories could be real life experiences which in turn elicits strong emotions from readers.
I can't wait for the next book, even though I know it will be awhile in it's making, I will be waiting anxiously. Another fantastic storyline! Thanks!
A great production.
The final letter and the great twist at the end
He captures how love is the greatest gift to each other.
☠"WARNING"Hate when book is ruined w/useless smut &gore. Romance & other books "almost" squeaky clean..w/o TMI! Wish books had rating system
Since typically I am listening to books while doing other things like chores, driving, etc. Books need to hold my attention and not jump around to much. I don't know how Nicholas Sparks does it, but this book jumps around, but feels beautifully smooth.
I also don't like predictable endings, but even though I knew how things were going to end Sparks made me want to go on that journey with them and I hung on every word...with tissue :')
So many people love Ira and I do to, but young bull rider Luke was my favorite! Coming from Orange County and surrounded my metrosexual males, Luke's character was so refreshing. Loved when Luke casually ground the x-boyfriends face in the ground so calmly like no big deal. A mans man, but without the temper.
We have horses, so I liked all the Rodeo scenes. I think Nicholas Sparks did a great job setting those scenes, from the outfits, dancing & bulls. And yes, ANYONE can enter to ride bulls! My daughter has two friends that entered last summer after only a couple lessons...and both got hurt. Thank goodness not as bad as Luke. Sounds like Sparks did some up close homework when it came to bulls by his respect of these animals. You can't get that from TV.
So refreshing to read a book without a bunch of swearing, inappropriate twisted sexual scenes & garbage. Not so happy that Nicolas Sparks has all his characters sleeping together before their married (including this book). But I guess he wouldn't sell as many books taking the unpopular old fashioned no sex before marriage approach. To bad.
Say something about yourself!
It is wonderful that there are so many authors in the world, because it means there's something for everyone. There are many books that I've given five stars to, but which might make fans of Nicholas Sparks wrinkle up their noses and go, "Are you crazy?"
I fell in love with Nicholas Sparks when I read, by accident, his deeply affecting autobiographical book, "Three Weeks with My Brother." I loved this funny, sweet recounting of the whirlwind trip around the world Sparks took with his brother. I gave it to my then-teenaged son, my husband, and to many friends, all of whom gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up.
I have since read three Sparks novels, this being the third. None of which I've ever completed.
I have huge admiration for his ability to craft a story. And I was excited that this one had horses and bull riding and art (how many authors can do that?).
Still, I just couldn't get through it. I know the ending because I hit the fast-forward button.
I have finally decided that I'm just not the right person for a Nicholas Sparks novel. That doesn't mean it's a bad book. It means it's the wrong book for me.
I think this book probably works best for fans of Kristin Hannah, Nora Roberts, or Barbara Delinsky.
Suggested I re-read "Anna Karenina."
I must confess I did like the horseback riding scenes. I also thought the bull riding descriptions were accurate and well-written.
If I could play editor, I would hand this off to the person in my office who specializes in romance. Because turning it away would be a really stupid financial decision. But I would not be the appropriate person to handle it.
Fans of Sparks will love this book. And they'll be happy, because I know now not to try another one. I've given it a good shot and it's just not a good fit.
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