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
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!
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.
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!
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 :)
This book rates about average
What you expect from Nicolas Sparks
Both do GREAT
Feel Good story. Universe collides
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Yes!!! The performance was excellent - I vision everything!
I'm thinking the Notebook, how it took you back in time. But, the storyline is different.
They brought the story to life!!
Ruth - I would like to learn more of her history. Trying to adopt to the new culture living in the US.
I loved the fact, their were 2 stories and how they were combined together at the end. Beware - you will cry in this book, but don't we always with Nicholas Sparks books.
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.
I have always purchased Nicholas Sparks books the first day they became available. Somehow in my busy life I missed one. So as soon as I saw it on Audible I grabbed it. It took several weeks to get through it. I restarted from the beginning several times. It was almost torturous. I can't decide if it was the reader trying to sound like the male and female characters that ruined it for me or the storyline. I am so very sad. Oh well. All of them can't be great all of them time.
A better storyline. The good part took so long to get to. It was hard to hang on long enough for it to get interesting enough to want to continue.
Oh! Ron's was good but January had a bit more than she could handle well with both the male and female characters.
I look forward to the next one. Please don't have a girl read the guy parts though.
Sparks's absolute best.
When Luke gave up bull riding for good.
I thought the ending, unlike some of Sparks books which have bittersweet endings, was perfect.
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