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Divorced and disillusioned about relationships, Theresa Osborne is jogging when she finds a bottle on the beach. Inside is a letter of love and longing to "Catherine", signed simply "Garrett". Challenged by the mystery and pulled by emotions she doesn't fully understand, Theresa begins a search for this man that will change her life. What happens to her is unexpected, perhaps miraculous - an encounter that embraces all our hopes for finding someone special, for having a love that is timeless and everlasting.

Nicholas Sparks exquisitely chronicles the human heart. In his first best-selling novel, The Notebook, he created a testament to romantic love that touched listeners around the world. Now in this New York Times best-seller, he renews our faith in destiny, in the ability of lovers to find each other no matter where, no matter when.

©2000 Nicholas Sparks (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Awesome book! Totally surprised by the ending.

Well written kept our interest to the end. The ending is too close to home for me.

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  • Janet
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 12-24-16

Sentimental and sweet

Nicholas Sparks has gained popularity because his books are sentimental and sweet. This is no exception. If it were any sweeter the listener would have to start taking insulin.

It was just a little too saccharine for my taste.

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eh.. predictable

This had good narration, but I never felt that I was really drawn into the story.

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Message in a Bottle

Love story with a different ending than most love stories. Two people who should have been together, but never will.

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Great story

Its a moving novel that tugged my heart. I will read it again because I love how this book is written.

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  • C. Souza
  • San Diego, CA United States
  • 12-26-16

Predictable, corny ... narrator did a good job

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story started very well, got my interest specially for the narrator nice voice and pace. The male character was so boring ... and very unbelievable ... from mourning his dead wife till desperate in love with the main character. He was fickle... In a way there are plenty of people like that in real life. But for the sake being a good book story ... i just didn't like. At least the end to me made the story redeemable.

What could Nicholas Sparks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Again ... I don't like love first sight romances. I read plenty of that in YA books and I hate it ... however many of those books I can ignore the romance. But this is a romance book. To me wasn't for the narrator I'd have stopped right ... I hate fickle and desperate characters. I must confess I do like the movie versions of many of his books.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Schraf?

Yes I would. She did a great job and she sort of reminds me a little of Marguerite Gavin, which I like very much.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Message in a Bottle?

I'd have kept most of the book apart from the fickle moments of the male character... maybe let their story go a little longer and time to built their relationship the way the author did on The Notebook and Dear John

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Great Story

Not in love with the performance bit the story was great. A little slow at start but good.

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Applying to your life

I think we can apply this book to our own life when bad things happen. I can definitely relate and it helped me understand my own fathers feelings when we lost my mom. Recommend forsure!

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Charming but not Sparks' best

I chose it based on many reviews. It tears your heart at the end. Story overall is a bit too corny for my liking. The performance could have been a bit better but not bad.

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great book. crazy ending

kept me interested. longer which is nice. didn't see the ending coming at all! great job on this one for sure. loved the readers voice.