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The Longest Ride | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Longest Ride

Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale. Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families. A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2013

Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale. Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways. The new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.

©2013 Willow Holdings, Inc. (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 04-10-14
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 04-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Just beautiful... sigh!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Longest Ride to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the hard copy


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

    I wouldn't want to spoil the story, but it was so poignant with deep love..


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

    All the characters were special.. The deep love of the old and the new fresh love of the young


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think of my own marriage.. 30 years long, I could feel myself relating to the old man.. that deep love...


    Any additional comments?

    I love Nicholas Sparks, the way he writes love stories.. he just gets it! You wont be dissapointed with this beautiful double story that collides into an amazing dance..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 12-15-13
    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 12-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Have the tissues ready!!!"

    What a lovely story. I just could not stop listening and wish it had gone on for much longer. I would make a great movie too.

    The narration by Ron McLarty & January LaVoy was wonderful and really drew you into the story.

    Definitely recommend this book.

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  • Ms
    United Kingdom
    3/20/14
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    "Loved it"
    What did you like most about The Longest Ride?

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    Loved the characters, Loved the way the story panned out.


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

    The love between Ira and Ruth.The way she comforted him in the Car.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The auction.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh and cry...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vix
    12/2/13
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. It was a well written, well narrated story with a few twists and turns.


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

    The very obvious love that was shared between the two couples - one starting their 'ride' together and one ending.


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

    I have never really gone for a book with more than one narrator but this one worked really well. I found it very easy to keep up with who was who through the jumps between characters.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile, laugh out loud and whilst not actually cry made me very sad on occasion. A very well written book which certainly makes you emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend Nicholas Sparks as an author, he truly captures characters and emotions and writes a good plot!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    GB
    8/2/15
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    "Sooo lovely book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

    Story, narrating, atmosphere, passion, love... All of it mixed together made this audiobook special. Great idea to give it to two narrators...although four would be even better.


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

    The book is memorable all through. It is difficult not to pass any spoilers.


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

    I just loved the old man.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for anybody, who likes nicely flowing, non-violent memoir-like stories and who does not mind a bit of romance intertwined. Although the final twist was a bit predictable, it is actually what the reader/listener wishes for an end. I am happy I convinced myself to purchase this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Val
    8/2/15
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    "Another "page turner" from Mr Spark"

    As the two stories developed the characters grew on me. I needed to know what was going to happen to them next.
    It made it hard to stop listening whenpmy world got in the way.
    The story and the performances were so good I could empathise with each character in turn. Wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Diane Collins
    7/20/15
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    "Enjoy the ride!!"

    Fantastic book, so easy to listen to yet gripping. Comes together with the final piece of the jigsaw so we can see what the picture is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    6/3/15
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    "Love it"

    Interesting two storylines that come together I loved how the author created these characters I fell in love with Luke he is every girls fantasy such a sweet heart. I liked the older character and his great love for his late wife. Another wonderful story from Nicholas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    1/9/15
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    "Beautifully woven, heart expanding read."

    This book exceeded my expectations, slowly building to a wonderfully uplifting and life affirming finale. Wonderful narration too.

    Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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