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The Longest Ride | [Nicholas Sparks]

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.
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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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    Jan Saraland, AL, United States 11-02-13
    Jan Saraland, AL, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nicholas Sparks' Best Yet!!"
    If you could sum up The Longest Ride in three words, what would they be?

    Sparks's absolute best.




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

    When Luke gave up bull riding for good.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Luke


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the ending, unlike some of Sparks books which have bittersweet endings, was perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Powell, OH, United States 10-31-13
    Mary Powell, OH, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Feel Good Story"
    Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates about average


    What other book might you compare The Longest Ride to and why?

    What you expect from Nicolas Sparks


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Both do GREAT


    If you could rename The Longest Ride, what would you call it?

    Feel Good story. Universe collides


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. United States 10-30-13
    J. United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So much better than I expected!"

    From the description I was unsure what to expect, especially with the story line. The characters were so interesting and it was overall heartwarming.

    It's hard to give a good review without giving away too much of the story.

    I always like hearing this male narrator and the female was good as well.

    The characters came to life so vividly and I was sad to to see the book end.

    If you are a NS fan this is a book for you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookChik Lake Forest, CA, United States 10-29-13
    AudioBookChik Lake Forest, CA, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2009

    ☠"WARNING"Hate when book is ruined w/useless smut &gore. Romance & other books "almost" squeaky clean..w/o TMI! Wish books had rating system

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    "Tender, Tough & Tears :') (older Teens & up)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

    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 :')


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Longest Ride and why?

    Luke...Yee Haw!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candace S. Weiss Carlsbad, CA United States 10-25-13
    Candace S. Weiss Carlsbad, CA United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Two Love Stories in one Lovely Story"
    If you could sum up The Longest Ride in three words, what would they be?

    Love Sweet Art


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the description of the Honeymoon.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, but as I work and drive long distances to get there, it was a wonderful book to keep me company.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the narrators. They really helped me feel like I was there in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LOUISE Highland Village, TX, United States 10-25-13
    LOUISE Highland Village, TX, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING!!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!!!"

    This is one of the best books I have listed to. Terrific story line and great twists along the way. Well worth the read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 10-24-13
    Kathy WALHALLA, SC, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Eternity of Love...Brevity of Life"

    Take a ride with two different lives and be amazed at how intertwined our lives are in this world. This was my first Sparks novel and I was so pleased to have found another author that will rank in my top ten list. He keeps the listener interested and doesn't allow you to lull into numbness with long platitudes. I gave the performance a three only because the story was so powerful that I really was upset that the younger male character's voice was done by a female narrator. He was such a strong personality and he deserved a male narrator. It is still worth the purchase and listen...I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy BATESVILLE, AR, United States 10-03-13
    Amy BATESVILLE, AR, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Two great stories in one book!"

    A great homage to what Real Love is Like: as an older man's memories pass through over 4 decades, a World War, challenges that are overcome and rejoiced over due to living life as Couple dedicated to each other. Also we get to meet a modern young couple learning what Real Love is: how to recognize it, how to show it, support the one you love, and how to take a leap of faith.

    If any art lovers are out there, you will get a kick out of the collection of "eccentric" artists that Ira and Ruth collect over their lifetime that leads to an amazing Auction twist at the end that I really didn't see coming at all. (I would name a few artists but I am afraid that my spelling of their names would be disrespectful).

    If any bullriders or Rodeo fans out there, you will get a thrilling view of life on the Circuit as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kfcarter Graham, WA 09-27-13
    Kfcarter Graham, WA 09-27-13 Member Since 2002

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    "a must listen to"
    If you could sum up The Longest Ride in three words, what would they be?

    Made me cry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ira. I loved the way he loved his wife.


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

    They both did a terrific job.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Longest Ride and why?

    Big mean critter.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a delight to listen to. Have the tissues close by.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia COOPER CITY, FL, United States 09-24-13
    Patricia COOPER CITY, FL, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Best Book Ever"
    What did you love best about The Longest Ride?

    The story was so heartwarming. Only Nicholas Sparks could have written this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The readers were the best. Made you feel like you were there with them


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

    the best, They bought the characters to life


    Who was the most memorable character of The Longest Ride and why?

    Luke, He seemed so genuine and so full of life. Even though all the characters were that way


    Any additional comments?

    Nicholas Sparks has done it again. How does he think of these stories is amazing

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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