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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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    averie 05-14-15
    averie 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    Best book by far it's so sweet how like treats Sophia. And how Ira loves Ruth so much. It is a really good book you should read it.

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    Felipe Escarra 05-14-15
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    Beautiful story. Nice reading. Great ending.
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    Great listen. Great story line and enjoyable book

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    Mike 05-13-15
    Mike 05-13-15
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    "Great Ride"

    Very enjoyable story. Awesome twists and turns. What true love is all about. Get lost in this audiobook and enjoy the ride!

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    J Ripperda 05-12-15
    J Ripperda 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    This story is absolutely beautiful! I was definitely surprised at the end. I cried and laughed and just wanted to hug Luke or Sophia at one point or another in this book! Wonderful work by Mr. Sparks again!

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    "I loved Ira and Ruth's story!"

    This was a love story you feel to your soul. I found I loved Ira and Ruth's story more than anything. Narration was fantastic!

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    Kayla 05-11-15
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    moving, and heart warming. I found myself with tears more than once. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    I thought the story was just a C romantic novel although the story of the old man was good.
    Seemed like two people were writing the story, one good, one very average.

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    "Grab a box of tissues"

    This novel is written in a unique format, but in terms of content, it is true Sparks. It is an incredible love story! Enjoy!

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    Didn't want to stop listening! Great story! I definitely recommend this! And probably will listen again! And watch the movie!

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    I've always loved his works. definitely adding this one to the collection !

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