Ten years into their marriage, when Abbie faces a life-threatening illness, Doss battles it with her every step of the way. And when she makes a list of 10 things she hopes to accomplish before she loses the fight for good, Doss is there, too, supporting her and making everything possible. Together they steal away in the middle of the night to embark upon a 130-mile trip down the St. Mary's River - a voyage Doss promised Abbie in the early days of their courtship.
Where the River Ends chronicles their love-filled, tragedy-tinged journey and a bond that transcends all.
©2008 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Books on Tape
This is way better than The Notebook (my favorite love story). Although a few inconsistencies had me scratching my head. Was there talk of the Internet and Photoshop, and a line that said, "She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and smiled..."? But yet this was supposedly 1992. Those inconsistencies don't ruin the story, but it takes the rating down to four stars. Maybe I'm missing something or misheard it, but "hiccups" like that throw off the flow of the book and take it down a notch below spectacular. The narrator kept changing up the level of his southern drawl during the narration, which was also a bit distracting. Still, overall it was a great story and well worth the credit.
Excrutiating detail of river, cabins, tatoos, people....so slow narrating every word. Then pace picks up during dialog and back to lumbering through the details. An effort to get through the story.
Charles Martin writes so eloquently and descriptively, once bitten by one of his books, it’s easy to go back for more. Often set along rivers and under trees the stories create peacefulness when reading. Also, a great choice for those readers with descriptive sexual content issues for Charles Martin can write a hot love story without that. I will admit though in this novel it did drag a bit in the ½ to ¾’s area for me before finishing better than you could imagine.
A love story told from the middle out in a man’s prospective, it is not overly thought provoking or sentimental. This is a story about a man trying to make the last days of his wife’s life exactly how she wants it to be. I think what makes this book so enjoyable and interesting was the depth that one can love when it’s not easy. It’s not easy to see the best in people when they are not at their best, but if there is true love - it's never a burden.
I kept thinking there had to be more to this book. The descriptions of the river were picturesque, but the story was so predictable. Bleh. I can't believe I listened to the entire thing, but I was so sure it would get better. Reminded me of those Danielle Steele books I read as a teenager.
Avid reader of inspirational fiction and faith-based self help. Memoir-style, 1st person pov is ideal. Favs include C. Martin & L. Wingate!
As always. Martin intricately weaves the elements within this story of love, sacrifice, and loss creating stunning imagery and depth into his characters. Despite the novel's emphasis on the ravages of cancer, Martin leaves the reader with a sense of cleansing and redemption. Strong narration adds another beautiful layer to Martin's work.
Unconditional Love & Sacrifice
The depth of pain, love, & satisfaction in this book feels very real as you listen to it. A little irony thrown in to keep you on your toes!
One of the best as I love Charles Martin's audio books...Although I had to cry all the way through, it was a wonderful story
special moments the two spent on the river with a great love between them
wonderful performance, so real and touching
Love beyond belief
I have truly enjoyed this book, you feel truly blessed to have the life you have and makes you realize the wonder and meaning of truly giving yourself to another person,
I would give this a 5 star except it was a bit hard to keep on track with the continual jumps back and forth in time. I think this was harder to keep track of in the audiobook than it would have been if reading the story myself from a written book. But a good story if a bit farfetched in places.
I'm an avid listener with over 1000 books in my library. I have a job that requires me to travel about 1000 miles per week.
I read this after reading his book "Chasing Fireflies" which was great. This book was good but seemed to drag in a few places. I like Charles Martin's writing style. He writes about trailer parks and high society with ease. This is a book I normally would never have picked but it was inspirational. The ending made this a worthwhile read.
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