On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight, and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness - one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot's dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber. With little hope for rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens.
Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well. He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder, reflecting on their love affair. As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben's tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she's just settling. And what's more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben.
©2010 Charles Martin (P)2010 Random House
From the very 1st line of this book to the last, I was captivated. Pulled in, hooked, engrossed. " Totally exciting and on the edge of your seat" reading. I had read some reviews on this book and had seen it in a couple of my magazines as a "must read". Now I understand why!!! I was so engrossed in this book that I could not put it down.....I had to know what was going to happen next! I am not a fast reader because I have problems with my eyes. But, I read this book in 1 1/2 days!!! For me, that is WAAAY fast. I would read till things were blurry and stop and rest my eyes and then read again. I loved the book so much that I bought the Audible version because this is one I will read/listen to again!!! I cannot imagine going through all these 2 people go through......you think "it can't get any worse" and then,..... there it is, something worse!!! I loved the way he wrote this book and the charactors are so real that you instantly fall in love with them. I laughed and I cried, I got mad and sad, a mark of a great book for me!!! You will not be sorry you got this book. It is a must have for any library, whether book library or audible library. I have it in both places!!! This book is full of intrigue, it's fast paced, and emotional. Imagine you,1 other person and a dog, alone, crashed on the side of a mountain in the wilderness with no one around, injured and hungry, scared and alone, lost in a vast wilderness refuge and and no one even knows you are gone.......No One Knows You ARE Gone........an awesome book of determination, grit and survival. Hope you don't miss this one!!!
An awesome story of love an life. Charles Martin has a way with words that keeps you interested all the way from beginning to end and still have a surprise element waiting for you. one of my favorite authors to read. Or audible.
Who the heck knows.
I've been reading that this isn't his best book, and part of me wants to give him another shot, but if his other books are half as bad, then I am staying far away.
Newbern's performance was unbelievably bad. The breathy voice he put on to read for Ashley's and Rachel's parts were distracting and borderline offensive in their stereotypical Marilyn Monroe like quality. A female should have been hired to read for these lines.
Hard to tell which of the three main characters is the worst. If I had to choose, I'd cut Rachel. The story would have been just as compelling without the drama surrounding her and Ben's painfully boring recordings to her.
I love romance novels. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favourites. I love survival novels. Into the Wild and Into Thin Air are probably in my top five books of all time. This book is neither. It had so much potential to be good. The basic storyline is a great concept, but it gets taken over by Ben's sappy musings about love and the meaning of life in his recordings to his wife. That's just one part which makes the writing so bad. The main reason it was so terrible was that it was so unbelievable and unrealistic. I get that everyone handles crisis differently, but Ashley's constant light hearted jokes and silly pondering are excruciating to listen to. I know it was meant to signify that she is tough, but it was so wild that I was convinced she had brain damage the whole time. The fact that the main things she complains about are a) missing her wedding and b) wishing she could shave her legs and/or get a pedicure was ridiculous. My favourite part was when Ben tells her they are being circled by a mountain lion, she asks him "What does it want?" Oh, it just wants to welcome you to the neighbourhood and bring you a casserole! Girl, no! It wants to eat you! How Ben described her as smart and witty and tough is beyond me. Also, if Ben is such an wilderness expert, so much so that he knows enough to look at a baby moose and tell not only how old it is, but at what stage of its life it would stop feeding from its mother, you'd think he'd know that a baby moose is called a calf and not a yearling. Minor writing mistake but it still bothered me. I initially decided to listen to this novel because I heard that Kate Winslet and Idris Elba will be starring in the movie adaptation. I hope to god that they can salvage this dribble with Kate's fiery spirit and Idris's class and manliness. Please, bring some integrity to these characters you two. Ending was beyond stupid and creepy. Long story short, if I wanted to read something this terribly written, I'd read any of the Fifty Shades novels. At least they have some steamy scenes that get you through the garbage. One positive note: The few scenes of actual action and suspense were executed well, had me *almost* at the edge of my seat and were the only reason I continued to listen.
This book became a favorite of mine. I loved the story, the narrator, the ending wasn't predictable and I usually can see it coming. This is a book I could read or listen to again.
I just love the way that Charles Martin writes. Easy to read with a story of determination, willpower and tenacity. Enjoyed the characters and story line.
Not to give the story away but when you find out the truth about the wife.
I love the gentle softness to his voice. Soothing.
Both. I recommended it to several friends.
I love happy endings.
This is a solid listen when you just can't figure out what to chose next. Makes you think, what would I do? Could I make it? Lots of character development.
Narration really solid, I am super picky out this, so take my word for it!
I loved this book from the love story to the story of survival in both life and the wilderness. Great performance as well, especially loved Ashley's voice with a slight southern drawl.
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