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The Best of Me Audiobook

The Best of Me

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In the fall of 1984, high-school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, 25 years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for a funeral. Neither has lived the life they imagined - and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers soon realize that everything they thought they knew - about themselves and the dreams they held dear - was not as it seemed. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

©2011 Nicholas Sparks (P)2011 Hachette

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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 01-26-15
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2012

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "Same Formula With Same Results"

    You want to read 'The Best of Me' by Nicholas Sparks- Well- you really don't have to bother. You can read one of his dozens of other books and come up with the same sense of satisfaction.

    Boy and girl know each other- Boy and girl are departed for a period of time- Boy and girl reunite but it's too late because some tragedy has happened and one has moved on.

    The ending is ultimately depressing- but it's bittersweet. The hero of the story really does give the heroine 'the best of him.'

    Nick needs to start moving on from formulations and start to make a few changes in his story lines. I think the last book I really enjoyed from Sparks was 'Dear John.' Of course it was really depressing and I cried like a baby while reading it- but at least I really connected to the characters.

    There is no connecting to the characters in 'The Best of Me' and I found myself rolling my eyes at the predictable ending. The narration is well done and die hard Sparks fans will love it- but it was just 'meh' in my opinion. Although, I will admit- I probably will read his next book as I am a glutton for punishment.

    3 stars overall

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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 10-23-11
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Soap Opera"

    This book is a combination Days of our Lives, and Family Feud. I don't know how I got it as I was looking in Mysteries and Thrillers. This is no page turner, and is very touchy feely. The ending is very hokey and I knew the ending long before it came. That said it is not a bad book, and is easy listening for an unrequited love story. There is some action, the family feud part, and a hint of ghosts, but not scary ones. Not my type of book, but if you like soaps, go for it.

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    Debbie 10-20-11
    Debbie 10-20-11
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    "A must read/listen to so enjoyable"

    Once I started listening to this I could not stop...Once again MR Sparks hits a home run......I love this book

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    "Angela"

    Absolutely loved it, looking forward to seeing the movie. Notebook is still my favorite movie.

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    Michelle Moore 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great love story!"

    Loved it, renews your faith in long lasting love and fate! Can't wait to read another great one by this author!

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    Betty 05-30-17
    Betty 05-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The Best of Me"

    Found the book intriguing. I could see myself as the leading lady and had to keep reading to see how I turned out. Towards the end I was becoming annoyed with how it was going, very disappointing. However the last chapter finally pulled it out from becoming a bad book to a book worth reading!!

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    Brooke 05-26-17
    Brooke 05-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "terrible"

    I LOVE Nicholas Sparks but this one was terrible!! I am so disappointed that I paid $20 for this book!!

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    Annette Gallup, NM USA 05-24-17
    Annette Gallup, NM USA 05-24-17
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    "Loved it!!!"

    This book is nothing short of Awesomeness!!! This book is emotionally touching :) It's a must read!!!

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    Deborah S. 05-03-17
    Deborah S. 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best Nicholas Sparks book ever!"

    I love all of Nicholas Sparks books and each time I read one I think it's his best but this one is truly the best of the best. The reader is perfect and in the highly emotionally charged parts of this book his narration is so moving, you can believe this story is happening to him.
    Most people would say this is a book made for women but if men would read it they might learn something about women. I would welcome hearing more of Sean Pratt's reading other N. Sparks books.
    Keep writing such beautiful stories Nicholas!

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    tony 04-18-17
    tony 04-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    Best book that I have heard in quite a while right tears my eyes last memories it was great recommend this book to anyone

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