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The Rescue | [Nicholas Sparks]

The Rescue

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love...
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Publisher's Summary

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love.

Then, one day, a raging, record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town. Denise Holton, a young single mother, is driving through it when her car skids off the road. With her is her four-year-old son, Kyle. Unconscious and bleeding, she - not Kyle - is found. And when she wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone.

During the search for Kyle, the connection, the lifeline, between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will lead him to the possibility of his own rescue from a life lived without love. That it will dare him to live life to the fullest by daring to love.

©2000 by Nicholas Sparks; ©2000 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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    Valerie 12-06-11
    Valerie 12-06-11
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    "Love his books"
    What did you love best about The Rescue?

    The narration of this book. It is quite a talent when you can tell the difference between the characters in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Denise because she was a strong relate-able person, true life issues.


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    His animation in each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen on my way to and from work, when I got to work I found it hard to turn off and do my work.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like John Sparks books you will really like this story line.

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    m tranmere, Australia 11-23-11
    m tranmere, Australia 11-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Failure"

    After reading Dear John and The Note Book by Nicholas Sparks, I was eager to read more of his great novels. In my hunt for the next one, I read the blurb for The rescue and thought it sounded interesting and dramatic. Just the sort of thing I like. However, this was not the case at all. The blurb is very misleading and instead of what I thought would be a thrilling read with romance included, It was instead about two 30 year old's acting like 15 year old teenagers. There was no definite story line and the characters were weak and had unrealistic and child like worries which I could only cringe at. My decision about this book was not improved when I heard the narrator. He voice hardly differed when changing to different characters and this made it sound mono toned and boring. Even though this book was very disappointing, I will continue to read/listen to Nicholas Sparks novels and I am sure I will fall in love with one of his many other stories.

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    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 01-28-11
    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I can't help it but I like Nicholas Sparks"

    Nicholas Sparks is a rarity in that he is a male romance writer. My wife is big on 'that's a boy book or that's a girl movie'. In her estimation Nicholas Sparks wrights "girl books". I don't care I like his books and this is one of my favorites. I could relate to the characters and while I like some of them there others that I don't like. Denise Holton is not only a young woman that it's easy to develop a crush on but a young woman worthy of a great deal of respect. As several of the other people have said in their reviews this isn't a deep or complex story, but I don't care. I like it.

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    Tom Livermore, CA, USA 01-14-09
    Tom Livermore, CA, USA 01-14-09
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    "Easy Listening"

    Good writer and story - yes would recommend.

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    Tracy Rockledge, FL, USA 08-05-08
    Tracy Rockledge, FL, USA 08-05-08
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    "Just So-So"

    I agree with others, it is rather sickeningly sweet, but it's not BAD either. It's not a romance novel, at least. It is somewhat predictable, but it's good if you just want an easy read. If you're looking for complex plot lines, you won't find them here, but there is some subtle complexity to the story, if you use your brain enough to look for it.

    I love the narrator, he did a wonderful job.

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    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-21-08
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-21-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Sugar Overload"

    I could barely get through this book, it was so sickly sweet and painfully predictable. There was nothing interesting or complex about the characters or the plot, it was like listening to a soap opera.

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    Parham Marietta, GA, United States 08-12-07
    Parham Marietta, GA, United States 08-12-07 Member Since 2007
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    "One amazing narrator."

    I loved the narrator, he was wonderful. I still keep hearing "he's driving" and "muni!" as the narrator's impression of Kyle. Another great Nicholas Spark's novel but what this really special was the narrator. He's excellent.

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    Nicole Binghamton, NY, United States 05-25-05
    Nicole Binghamton, NY, United States 05-25-05
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    "Wonderful story!"

    I thought this was a great book. I don't think any of the scenes were too long at all. You could really relate to what was happening in the book, between the scare of Kyle's disappearance, the new feelings of love, the frustration of love and the need to communicate. It was just fantastic. This has made me a fan of Nicholas Sparks.

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    Jodi Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-20-04
    Jodi Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-20-04
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    "More of a romance than I expected."

    The publisher description makes the story sound like it is more about a rescue than a romance.

    This story is almost completely a romance - albeit a pretty good one - so will be disappointing if you're looking for anything else.

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    Christine Beaverton, OR, USA 03-07-04
    Christine Beaverton, OR, USA 03-07-04 Member Since 2002
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    "The Rescue"

    Excellent read. Have enjoyed all of Nicholas Sparks books.

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