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The Longest Ride Audiobook

The Longest Ride

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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

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    Normally, I can't abide stories that bounce back and forth in time. But when it is done well, as it is here, it is thought provoking. Two couples, an older one looking back, and a younger one that is looking forward. The narration is fantastic, and the ending is just so profound...don't want to give it away. Want to go watch the movie next.

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    T. Hulsey Plainfield, IL United States 08-27-15
    T. Hulsey Plainfield, IL United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazingly touching though predictable"

    A great typical Nicolas Sparks. Touching story, though it didn't make me cry like some stories have in the past. I predicted the ending almost exactly though I thought Sophia would have bought the painting. (Won't spoil anything else for those who don't know the story. ) I would recommend Rosas if you like the romantic drama stories

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    "Beautiful"

    This is an amazing love story it had two stories in one , you will laugh you will cry just breath taken ...

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    L. Sykes upstate NY 08-25-15
    L. Sykes upstate NY 08-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very predictable"

    Not Mr. Sparks best..but a good easy story when driving or doing chores. A true ❤️ story.

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    Rhonda 08-25-15
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    "Great parallel story/stories!"
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    The author captured the relationship of an older, long married couple perfectly. The parallel story development was a perfect way to tell the story/stories. Narrators did a great job. You hardly noticed they were there... they became the characters.

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    "Great Story needing different voices..."

    I was really excited to get started on this particular book, since I am such a big fan of Sparks. Unfortunately, having a female voice to cover Luke's voice and a man covering Ruth's, I was so disappointed. Please know, I am not commenting on the narrator, but the choice of voices. Such a shame.
    Now, I don't have a vision of a handsome, bullriding cowboy, but rather a 12 year old boy trying to fake an adult voice. Just awful. Thanks Mr Sparks for another great story. Just love your work.

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    "Fantastic book The Longest Ride"

    This one of my favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. Very reminiscent of The Notebook, which is my favorite book!

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    britt 08-08-15
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    "Fantastic Story"

    The entire book keeps you guessing how the two love stories intertwine & in the end they combine more beautifully than one could ever imagine.

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    "Heart touching story."

    Although it took a little to get into it, once I did couldn't stop listening. I loved it.

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    "Excellent book"
    Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I go through about 2 - 3 audio books per month, and this ranks at the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    There are so many memorable moments. The sections I enjoyed the most was hearing from Ira about his life with his wife.


    What about Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s performance did you like?

    Ron McLarty was EXCELLENT. It is the first time I have heard him. LaVoy was very good as well. Narration can make or break an audio book. They were very very good.


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