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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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    Darian Oak Park, CA, United States 01-31-14
    Darian Oak Park, CA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2003
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    "A bit contrived..."

    Not bad...not great. Too mawkish for my taste, but I did listen to the whole book and enjoyed it. Wouldn't go out of your way to listen, but if you need a book to listen to I wouldn't steer you away.

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    Sue 01-25-14
    Sue 01-25-14
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    "Masterful Story"
    Would you listen to The Longest Ride again? Why?

    Yes - especially enjoyed Luke.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Luke had to decide to ride the mean bull.


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

    Crossing Paths


    Any additional comments?

    I wondered how the stories were going to merge. Masterful merge!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexey moscow, Russia 01-22-14
    Alexey moscow, Russia 01-22-14 Member Since 2009

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    Nice story but the happy and is too happy and a little bit predictable. Very good performance especially Ron McLarty

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    Maggie Layton, UT, United States 01-12-14
    Maggie Layton, UT, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Sparks best novel."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Sparks took too long to tie the two storylines together. I almost stopped listening many times. The ending was good, but predictable.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s performance?

    Good narration.


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    julie0 waterford, MI, United States 01-10-14
    julie0 waterford, MI, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    I found this book to be predictable and a bit boring. The story of Luke kept my interest but the story of Ira became very boring and drawn out.

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    Kelly 12-27-13
    Kelly 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "My new favorite"
    Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of Nicholas Sparks books on Audible and have read almost all of them, and this is my favorite to date. The female reader is a little annoying but the story itself is good. Definitely worth the listen.


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    Shauna Kittanning, PA, United States 12-23-13
    Shauna Kittanning, PA, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I didn't want to stop listening."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was so good and the connection between the two main characters kept you guessing until the end.


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    Nancy 12-11-13
    Nancy 12-11-13

    I enjoy reading and listening to books, especially thrillers, romance, fantasy and more...

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    "An enjoyable ride..."
    Would you listen to The Longest Ride again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again, if only to enjoy the characters all the more.


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

    There were a few key points but that would give the book away. The best part of the book was the development of the characters. I felt that I knew them by the end of the book.


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

    My favorite character was Iva Levinson. The 91 year old injured man uses memories of his wife to keep himself alive while waiting for help. The romantic recollections, as only Spark's can write them, of his life with his wife Ruth helped me form a relationship with Iva. I was completely involved with his story.


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

    I feel that the title - though corny - captures the book. The longest ride could be Ira's life, his wait in the car, Luke's bull ride, or even the wait that both Sophia and Luke's mom must make when he enters a competition.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy a good Nicholas Spark's book, and this one did not fail. The performers where quit good, as well. Their voices capturing the essence of what I expected from the characters. The music for the transitions was also well done. It gave me a moment to withdraw from one character only to be drawn into the other...Well done!

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    PATRICIA CHARETTE VAN BUREN, ME, United States 12-04-13
    PATRICIA CHARETTE VAN BUREN, ME, United States 12-04-13
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    "Enjoyable"
    Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audiobook


    What did you like best about this story?

    The readers were great.


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

    Emphasis


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

    Ezra, the old man in the car, is a character that you remember after listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it a lot.

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    Keydi ELMWOOD PARK, NJ, United States 11-26-13
    Keydi ELMWOOD PARK, NJ, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a great story!"
    What did you love best about The Longest Ride?

    I loved the whole story. The romances!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not sure if I could choose. If I were forced to - I would say Ira! Ira had the guts to do what he did with his estate. He was in such love that I only dreamed that I could be as in love as they were!


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

    I am not sure if I could choose. If I were forced to - I would say Ira! Ira had the guts to do what he did with his estate. He was in such love that I only dreamed that I could be as in love as they were!


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

    Luke - for his charisma and simple gentlemanly qualities!


    Any additional comments?

    2 romantic stories in one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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