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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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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 10-22-13
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Okay... not great."

    I feel bad saying it's "okay" and not great, but it's true. The narration was very good, but it's like the author put two books together and then made the most obvioius choice at the end to merge the two stories together. It's almost as if the author only had a final chapter to do it. It was VERY predictable. I llistened to the whole thing and I have no regrets, but I was expecting more and the book didn't deliver.

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    Eleanor Hickson Brighton, Ontario Canada 10-21-13
    Eleanor Hickson Brighton, Ontario Canada 10-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another top notch book by Nicholas Sparks!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Nicholas Sparks has a way of drawing you in quickly into the lives of his characters so that you can easily feel their individual emotions. I have already recommended this book to my friends and encourage those especially contemplating a long term relationship or who are in a long term relationship to read this book. It will pull at your heartstrings and give insight into the concept of marriage.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ira was definitely my favourite character and was beautifully brought to life by the narrator. He made you laugh, he made you cry and gave the reader/listener amazing insight into his long marriage to the woman he loved.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I will definitely keep them in mind for any future narrations.


    If you could take any character from The Longest Ride out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ira because I love to hear the stories that our elder generation have to tell us. Their stories are rich in our history and so many of them go untold.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I have offered a review on but I felt strongly that I should like to guide others to this remarkable story.

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    Teresa Thomasville, GA, USA 10-20-13
    Teresa Thomasville, GA, USA 10-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

    This was not the typical Nicholas Sparks book. There was a great twist to it. The ending was totally unexpected.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicholas Sparks is awesome. His books have never disappointed me.

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    Beverly United States 10-20-13
    Beverly United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The end was the best part"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Longest Ride to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I didn't like the way the female voice portrayed the voice of the young man...


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

    The way the story wrapped up at the end was very good. i found the first half of the book a little drawn out...


    Any additional comments?

    Nice book, just a little slow for me..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Queensbury, NY, United States 10-20-13
    Gordon Queensbury, NY, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Happy tears"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    Nicholas Sparks' ending are always tear filled, but this one were happy tears that left me smiling. I love the ending.


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

    Each took a different time and place. They were excellent.


    If you could take any character from The Longest Ride out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ira, he is so loving.


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    stacey collins Lubbock, TX, US 10-19-13
    stacey collins Lubbock, TX, US 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an amazing book. Great story!! Nicholas Sparks wrote yet another "great book"!!


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    devon kansas city, MO, United States 10-19-13
    devon kansas city, MO, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best NS book yet!"
    If you could sum up The Longest Ride in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing love story!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end, actually. When the two stories combined and it was clear how they were connected. NS created characters that you can't help but fall in love with.


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

    Yes. I have actually listened to it twice now. It's THAT good!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Macon, GA, United States 10-18-13
    Holly Macon, GA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nicholas Sparks' last few books have not impressed me and this one didn't either. Got bored with it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-16-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I liked it But ??????"

    I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I expected from Nicholas Spark's, but I would recommend it...and I will probably listen to it again.

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    Ruth Jacksonville, FL, United States 10-14-13
    Ruth Jacksonville, FL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It will be a great ending!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Longest Ride to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed edition, I listened to audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was written to hold your interest all the way to the last chapter...


    What does Ron McLarty and January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did not read the book.


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

    Ruth and the husband...they brought suspense to the story..


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to have more books similar to this one....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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