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The Notebook | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Notebook

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Publisher's Summary

With echoes of The Bridges of Madison County, this tale explores the enduring power of love through the years and in the face of adversity. Noah and Allie fell in love as teenagers, with the purest sort of love, only to be kept apart by Allie's mother. Their feelings survived in spite of everything - and they recounted their romance in the pages of a notebook. Now, years later, Allie suffers from Alzheimer's and her memory has been wiped clean. By reading the story of their relationship and the passion they shared, Noah hopes to break through the barrier of his wife's illness. This poignant first novel from Nicholas Sparks rivals any love story ever written.

©1996 Nicholas Sparks, All Rights Reserved, Abridgment Approved by the Author; (P)1996 Time Warner AudioBooks, ©1996 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Rights Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996, Romance.

"Nelligan's genteel, Southern tones blend perfectly with Scott's straightforward, gentle, often sensuous baritone. The readers deliver strong characterizations.�" (AudioFile)

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    J T Burlington, NC, USA 06-22-03
    J T Burlington, NC, USA 06-22-03
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    "A beautiful love story"

    I think this is one of the most touching love stories ever written. I listened to the last hour while riding home in the car, and cried all of the way. It's beautifully written and beautifully performed. Get this audiobook...You won't be disappointed! It's a WONDERFUL book describing how enduring the love between two people can be.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 84094 10-02-03
    Donald 84094 10-02-03 Member Since 2013
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    "The Notebook"

    Nicholas Sparks stays true to his form with this book. Absolutely awesome.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kimberley a levy 03-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "An inspirational, highly moving story"

    Definitely worth the price! One of the most touching novels I have "read" in a long time. It made me laugh and it made me cry. The characters are very believable and the story is very moving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benita Nashville, TN, USA 12-29-03
    Benita Nashville, TN, USA 12-29-03
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    "Wonderful for those who still believe."

    Nicholas Sparks has to understand that love which surpasses life's obstacles to relationships and writes about the bond which does not skip a beat. It's so noted throughout the story of the Notebook. The beginning was a tad slow for me, but captured me soon after I had begun reading. Well worth the price.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ana Santiago, Chile 03-27-12
    Ana Santiago, Chile 03-27-12
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    "Have tissue paper handy..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The impossible love of young people generaly make for an interesting story. That is not any different in The Notebook. But the impossible love of two elderly people, as presented in this book, is truly touching. It brings forward, to one's mind, the invevitable passing of time and the sadness of loss within reality.


    What about Kate Nelligan and Campbell Scott ’s performance did you like?

    Kate Nelligan and Campbell Scott performed brilliantly. As simple as that.


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

    While it is hard to speak about that passage without giving away the story, I was very moved by the moment when he sees her go, taken away by the monster.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an elderly person in your family whom you love dearly, give him or her a big hug and many kisses next time you see them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-15-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The Seasons of Love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Notebook to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is better. The voices, the music...there's atmosphere, makes a clearer, more artistic picture of the happenings in my mind.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nicholas Sparks before, how does this one compare?

    I've never read his work before...i saw two movies adapted from his books--themes of those stories were very similar to this story.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Nelligan and Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Campbell Scott's character.


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

    I did have tears in my eyes a few times...and I laughed occasionally.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Johnson City, TN, United States 09-20-10
    Ashley Johnson City, TN, United States 09-20-10
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    "CHAPTER 1 INCOMPLETE"

    Only about 5 minutes of chapter one (of 4) skips their whole story of falling in love. DO NOT BUY

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Hubbard, OH, USA 01-14-09
    Danielle Hubbard, OH, USA 01-14-09
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    "Disappointed"

    I'm sorry, the movie was far better than this book. I could not keep going for long. I'm sorry it was my first download. I chose it because Campbell Scott was the narrator. He had me hooked with "Honeymoon" and he does a fine job here. But the book is lacking. Save your money. See the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Worthington, OH, USA 03-19-05
    Laura Worthington, OH, USA 03-19-05
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    "Abysmal"

    Trite and lacks depth - a complete waste of time.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "The notebook great love as never written before"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was a four five star experience because I had seen the film. Sometimes these can be handed by several actor actress doing the books together.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

    The book never disappointed its just if you've seen the film it's written a little different.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I love the scene in which he takes alley to the swans and they come back and she breaks down and the realise they love each other very much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Notebook?

    Maybe the part they died together on the bed. Very unlikely this would ever happen husband and wife dying together.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has loved someone and fears dementia should either read this book or watch the film it's so inspiring. My favourite Nicholas sparks novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty
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    "Preferred the film, the narrators put me off too"
    Would you try another book written by Nicholas Sparks or narrated by Kate Nelligan and Campbell Scott ?

    I would avoid these narrators. They seemed to over-pronounce every word and I found it distracting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Notebook?

    The most memorable moment far me was the same in both the film and the book but I don't want to spoil it for others. The film has me in tears every time but (unusually for me) the book doesn't have the same impact.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Nelligan and Campbell Scott ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    Was The Notebook worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I far preferred Safe Haven by the same author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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