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
I hadn’t planned on reading The Longest Ride. Usually, Nicholas Sparks’ books are a hit or miss for me, but when I saw the movie trailer, my interest was piqued. The summary already explains a lot about what is going on, so I will quickly give you a break down of my thoughts.
Nicholas Sparks absolutely surprised me with The Longest Ride! This just might be my favorite of his books! There are two love stories being told, and I was drawn to both stories. In the present, there is Sophia meeting Luke. They are the younger couple just at the beginning of their relationship. Sophia gets quickly pulled into Luke’s life as a bull rider. In a parallel storyline, Ira is reminiscing about his past. He thinks about the life he lead with his beloved wife, Ruth. I must say that I was drawn into Ira and Ruth’s story a little more. They had such a beautiful love story.
These two couples don’t know each other, yet their lives will connect in an extraordinary way! I actually got chills when I reached that moment. Nicholas Sparks did a great job at pulling me into their lives. This story serves as a heartfelt reminder that love is timeless and enduring. At any point in our lives we can impact the lives of others in a huge way.
I listened to the audiobook, which I found quite engaging! Ron McLarty did the voices for Ira and Ruth, and January LaVoy narrated the parts for Luke and Sophia. The storyline keeps jumping from past to present, so it was nice to have the contrast in voices for the two couples. They both did a wonderful job! I know their narration deeply touched my reading experience of this story in positive way.
I am an artist, lover of books. Love reading or listening to a good book. I live on the East Coast of Canada with an awesome ocean view.
The book is not a typical Sparks book! All to confusing to try and follow.
Have liatened to lots of Sparks and so far this is the worst written of his books so far.
Ron McLarty did an absolutely phenomenal job narrating. He alone made this worth listening to. The story plot itself was typically cheesy as one would expect from Sparks, but that was what I was in the mood for anyway, so it served its purpose.
The ending was predictable and over the top, but not atypical of the author.
I like to listen to books!
Had some very sad parts.
I enjoyed this book because of Ron McLarty. He is very good. On this book he just fits. He sounds very much like a sick little old man. As for the female she does pretty good. Kinda annoying at first but u get use to her after a bit.
The story is pretty good. A little more believable than the movie.
Worth a credit? Yes!!!
This story grabs you like Luke grabs the bull (the second time)!!! It tells 2 amazing love stories from different points of view. It has a delightful plot twist at the end and leaves you hanging several times.
Retired, can't sit still but when I am I have one of 5 Chihuahuas in my lap and I'm reading, crocheting, or sewing even if at a machine!
He's done it again and I for one can still feel all of the emotions that this novel inspired! I hope that everyone who reads or listens to the book enjoys it as much as I did!!
two stories at first but it shows how sometimes our lives can entwine. The true love of our lives is special and more important then wealth.
Great story, I don't regret buying this audio book. That said, there are quite a few things that I was not loving..
The book is very slow at parts. Up until maybe the last 2 hours of the book I dreaded when the storyline of the older couple began to play. (But was so into the younger couple's story line like addicted) I listen to audio books while I drive and twice I had to turn it off because I could feel myself starting to actually fall asleep listening to the old man's slow reflections and soothing voice.
The narrator for the younger couple, Luke and Sophia, was overall not bad but she RUINED Luke for me. Her voice for Luke was so dopey it was difficult to picture him as being extremely attractive, intelligent or confident. So that was kind of disappointing. But also my previous audio book was "See Me" also by Nicholas
Sparks and the narrator in that was absolutely brilliant in his character voices so that might have been part of the reason why I was so let down.
Like I said, overall it is a really good story. Just want to give my full honest opinion because I know I appreciate all of your honest reviews when I'm trying to decide on a book!
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