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The Guardian Audiobook

The Guardian

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Publisher's Summary

Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?

Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire....

© 2003 Nicholas Sparks; (P)2003 Time Warner Audiobooks, A division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Sparks fans clamor for his brand of love story, and with the added punch of suspense, this one will be another best seller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Angelcakes United States 07-20-13
    Angelcakes United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2017

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    "A bit predictable, but Sparks always makes me cry!"
    If you could sum up The Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable. Romantic. Bittersweet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the dog, Singer. He is the real hero of the story, and Sparks did such a good job of giving the dog a personality of his own.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Isabel Keating?

    I have listened to many of Mark Kay Andrews' books narrated by Isabel Keating in the past. If I see her name, I usually will give the book a try. She's a good narrator, especially with southern accents and outrageous characters. This performance wasn't up to par with the MKA books she's narrated, but it was still pretty good.


    If you could take any character from The Guardian out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mike. He sounds like a great guy once you get to know him.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best Sparks fare, but it was a decent story that kept me interested and had some good plot twists. This was a nice change from his usual love stories. And, of course, even though I thought I was safe...he made me cry big baby tears at the end! Have your tissues ready!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Mt Gilead, OH, United States 05-31-13
    Holly Mt Gilead, OH, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another excellent story by Nicholas Sparks!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it had an engaging story and likeable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot--there was actually a building of suspense and a climax.


    What does Isabel Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings more personality to the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pawbk 03-15-05
    pawbk 03-15-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "A Wonderful Book"

    I listened to this book in 2 days. I couldn't do anything else until I finished it. You won't be able to put it down. The characters are real and the story line covers stalking which is a contemporary fear. But the story is warm and caring with enough twists to keep you on your toes. It's so good that there's no need for long descriptions of violence, gore or sex. A wonderful love story; person to person and person to pet.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-08-17

    hallsnc

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    "Love, Love, Loved this book."
    Would you listen to The Guardian again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I loved the characters immediately. You were completely drawn in from the beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike was my favorite. He was humble and admired Julie, but was too scared to admit with fear of rejection. But he's what I could call a "good ole guy"!


    Which character – as performed by Isabel Keating – was your favorite?

    Mable. I loved her personality.


    If you could take any character from The Guardian out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mable. I would love to swap stories with her. I think she would have me laughing so hard I'd have tears running down my face.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose the unabridged version b/c when I get involved with the characters, I want the story to last as long as possible. I could have listed to a few more hours of just Julie and Mike's love story.

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    Amazon Customer 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well done"

    It was really good, had a nice twist at the end. Thought you knew what was going to happen, but please changed.

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    Alyce 04-06-17
    Alyce 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Weird noise in background"

    Hopefully no one else hears the static and annoying very quiet noise in the background that I started hearing around chapter 34. Other than that great read!

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    Princess Desiree San Jose, CA 03-10-17
    Princess Desiree San Jose, CA 03-10-17
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    "a story to keep you on the edge of your seat."

    everything thing about the story kept you wanting more. and singer oh sweet singer you were amazing.

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    Amazon Customer 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Guardian"

    A story of a deranged man in love with a woman who was in love with someone else and the problems he caused them all in the name of love

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    Ashlee Rickert 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspenseful!"

    I love the romance of Nicholas Sparks! Im not a huge fan of the violence/suspense. It was still a good love story, but if suspense isn't your flavor I'd recommend another of his titles :)

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    Julia 12-17-16
    Julia 12-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great Nichols Sparks novel"

    Like other Nicholas Sparks novels that brought me to tears, this story forced me off the freeway do to my crying.

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