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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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    This was a true love story at its finest. It was a bit hard to follow at first just because it was not what I expected. The surprise surpassed all expectations. This was phenomenal.

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    "not the best Nicholas Sparks book I've read"

    It was just okay to me. The narrators did a good job, I just didn't love the story.

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    "female narrator didnt do it for me"

    story dragged. the narrator who read ira's chapters was great. really captured thr emotions of both ira and Ruth. however, the fenale narrator is out of touch with young adult emotions and connections. it became annoying to listen to her. it was either bleak or dripping with over thr top emotion. did not do the story justice.

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    Tasha N Samudio 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "sweet romantic story"

    I loved this book, such a sweet n endearing love story. The parrellel stories of the two main characters are easy to follow making each one lovable.

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    I loveeeeed this book!!!! Best book i have read this your even in audio form i will read this at least one mire time!!!!

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    "Quite enjoyable"

    A little predictable, but a thoroughly enjoyable romance novel. If you like other Nicholas Sparks then you'll love this one.

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    "Must read!!!!"

    This book was amazing!! It had twists that I didn't expect and two love stories that will melt your heart! I would read this book again because it is that good! Nicholas Sparks does it again with another fantastic book!!!

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    "Great book!"

    Totally met my expectations, liked how this one kept me guessing and trying to find the connection.:) another good book from Nicolas Sparks!

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    Andrea 04-20-15
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    "one of the best books ever. so very sweet."

    one of the best books ever. I would definitely recommend. love, surprise, hardship. and a great ending. loved it

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    The two stories were each well done and held my interest throughout. I liked the way the old man held on to his Ruth and shared the ups and downs of their perfect life.

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