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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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    Claudine 03-04-03
    Claudine 03-04-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Can't put down story!"

    Sparks does it again with a story you can't put down until you find out what happens. As you read the book you start to care a lot about the people in the story and what happens to them. There is excitement, mystery, and romance (without the trash).

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Perk4me California 09-28-03
    Perk4me California 09-28-03 Member Since 2001

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    "Simplistic, light listening."

    The narrator is good, the story is fine. It is simplistic, but once in a while it is good to just listen light.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Toms River, NJ, USA 04-15-04
    Jennifer Toms River, NJ, USA 04-15-04
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    "Good Read"

    This was my third Sparks book that I have read, and I'd say it was the best of the three so far. It had the right amount of love and excitment, although a bit predictable. A nice easy "read", definitely recommended for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The characters are easy to like (mostly).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Witkowski 03-23-05
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    "Enjoyed Very Much"

    A good listen. Made my long comutte much more enjoyable. Actually sat in the car (in the driveway) just so that I could finish the last chapter - LOL!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elf6111 Efland, NC USA 06-17-14
    Elf6111 Efland, NC USA 06-17-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Classic Sparks"
    What did you like best about The Rescue? What did you like least?

    The pace of the story is good for a commuting experience. I am from NC so the main reason I elected to listen was that the region is home to me. Characters are likable and you know the outcome will be happy. The book is predictable Nicholas Sparks formula. He has an uncanny love of fires and disasters.


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

    I have not. Only selected due to location.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He consistently and annoyingly mispronounce the name of the town. You would think he would have had the courtesy to ask.


    Was The Rescue worth the listening time?

    Yes, a feather weight diversion


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    Shirley.Segev 06-10-14

    39 years old, married with 3 kids, full career as Marketing & Training manager in an international company. Published a book for children 2 years ago, leading 2 Book-Clubs, read slowly, therefore enjoy very much Audible books, which I can listen to while driving, jogging, and doing housekeeping tasks.... Audio books are the best! :-)

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    "I've enjoyed it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rescue the most enjoyable?

    The world created by the author is interesting, the characters are delicate, there are moving moments, and the story is not too sweet.


    What other book might you compare The Rescue to and why?

    "The longest road" since it was written by the same author. both are very good and enjoyable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, yet sometimes the accent was not clear (I'm not an English native speaker).


    If you could rename The Rescue, what would you call it?

    Healing for the wounds


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-13-14
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-13-14 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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    "A feel good story!"

    I love Nicholas Sparks' books... So I'm always biased when rating. I must say I have a little trouble with male narrators. The story was great but towards the end it went a little flat..
    Not the best Nicholas Sparks. I enjoyed The Long Ride much better than this book.

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    R. Pflugerville, TX, United States 02-26-14
    R. Pflugerville, TX, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, poor naration"

    Typical Sparks story - simple plot line, but sweet. However, the narrator has to go. Worst Sparks narration I've ever heard.

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    P. S. Kayser Bradenton, FL 05-15-13
    P. S. Kayser Bradenton, FL 05-15-13 Member Since 2013

    P.S. Kayser "Aware"

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    "It's Nicholas Sparks - Great!"
    If you could sum up The Rescue in three words, what would they be?

    Compassionate, Romantic, Oustanding


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    Johnny Heller offered great pacing, outstanding pauses, and he changed his voice to match the various characters. He brought the book to life


    Any additional comments?

    The Rescue maintained the integrity of its theme "rescue" throughout the tale. The young 4 year old is depicted with compassionate understanding both from the boy's perspective and the adults. Deep emotion and psychological trauma were handled with empathetic understanding.

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    Tonya Mustang, OK, United States 12-26-12
    Tonya Mustang, OK, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and having books on audio is perfect when I'm out shopping or down with a migraine.

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    "A very good book. I'm hooked."
    What did you love best about The Rescue?

    Very true to life of a single mom.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very pleased.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Open your heart to love. Don't let the past control your future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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