We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Longest Ride Audiobook

The Longest Ride

91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. 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.
Regular Price:$23.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (3640 )
5 star
 (2268)
4 star
 (921)
3 star
 (319)
2 star
 (82)
1 star
 (50)
Overall
4.4 (3142 )
5 star
 (1950)
4 star
 (762)
3 star
 (308)
2 star
 (76)
1 star
 (46)
Story
4.5 (3124 )
5 star
 (1977)
4 star
 (801)
3 star
 (263)
2 star
 (51)
1 star
 (32)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sparks does it again."

    As always, I was drawn in almost from the start. Sparks' character development is always superb; my explanation for why the movies never come close to being as incredible as the books, though many have been as good as they could have been in their allotted time. Trying to figure out the connection between the 3 main characters was an intriguing twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lua Wilkinson 07-13-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ok for romance"
    Any additional comments?

    I think i got this as one of those deals or something. I am the only American girl alive that didn't realize Nicholas Sparks was a romance writer (i know, I KNOW you guys) but I just can't with this kind of book. It's a romance novel. If you're into that, then go for it. If you like thinking while you read, then skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amanda 07-09-15
    Amanda 07-09-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome "

    I love the flow Luke. is very likeable, Luke keeps it interest, Ira's story is interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kat 07-08-15
    Kat 07-08-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pleased"

    Another great Nicholas Sparks book! The narrators were clear although it was not my favorite to have a female read Luke's lines and the same for a male to read for Ruth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    HMC Boaz, AL United States 07-06-15
    HMC Boaz, AL United States 07-06-15 Listener Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "Great story!"

    Didn't want the story to end. Beautifully written, full of anticipation. Will listen to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mary 07-03-15
    mary 07-03-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A beautiful love story"

    You will cry you will laugh you would be amazed at the love two couples had for each other the story was well executed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 07-03-15
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 07-03-15 Member Since 2001

    deafsetter

    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    186
    61
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Eh..."

    Eh...
    Two separate storylines, that I expected to intermingle at one point. Back and forth between two couples. One couple has been together for 75 years, the other is just beginning. Although the narration was excellent, the story of the senior couple, Ira & Ruth was quite drawn out. I get it, Ruth was Ira's whole life, his one and only love. Let's move on.
    The younger couple, Luke and Sophia was more interesting, but almost too sappy, predictable. I thought I was reading a harlequin type romance.
    The ending is what made this book. How the two couples eventually connected. And yes, in typical Sparks tradition, it was very romantic, very sad, yet heartwarming...at the end. A lot of slow moving to get to a sweet ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Towrecovery 07-01-15
    Towrecovery 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent performance"

    The story is a little hard to get into, and from a guys perspective, a bit of a "chick flick".

    This is two stories being told simultaneously and the Ira/Ruth story seems to be the one that's harder to get into, although, Ron McLarty reads the Ira parts and does an excellent job as with every other book he has read that I have listed too. On that same note, I have never liked any female readers, idk why, none have seemed to read the books to my liking, however January LaVoy did an amazing job and I will be buying more books read by her after this amazing performance!

    Like I said, this is more of a chick flick but it was very good and Nicholas Sparks did an excellent job of weaving the story's together and tying it all into a nice bow at the end.

    Good read, give it a shot, worth the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ashley 06-30-15
    Ashley 06-30-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "inspirational"

    I loved this book about stranges effect each other in amazing ways. thanks for everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sallie Tippie 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

    Usually I'm not much for romance, but this was a nice change of pace and I really enjoyed this book. Good story and good performance by reader. Wish I could find another similar.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.