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The Longest Ride Audiobook

The Longest Ride

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Romance, 2014

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At 91 years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward - even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans - a future that Luke has the power to rewrite... if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

©2013 Nicholas Sparks (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Pennycuts 08-22-16
    Pennycuts 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    I hadn't read a book in years, and upon a reccomendation, I downloaded the app & this book for a road trip from Pa. To N.C.
    My husband & I both listened to it all the way down & back.
    It was a good story line & for the most part, held our interest. On occasion, it became a bit too descriptive, which is when we found ourselves losing interest. One of the character's voice doesn't seem aproperiate to the character. On a ten scale, I would rate it a 7+

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    Megan Toburen 08-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    Lovely book! I really liked the two voices and division of the book and now it all came together in the end. Would highly recommend this book.

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    Lionel 07-27-16
    Lionel 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    great book I listened to it every chance I got it was a great book

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    Brooke 07-06-16
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    This book was wonderful. Two stories brought together in an unexpected way. Just lovely! I would recommend this book to anyone!

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    Violetl33 07-02-16
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    "tearful love story"

    There are two story lines but they amazingly intertwine:) I cried for Ira and Rush but I also enjoy the love story between the cowboy and the college student. Nicholas successfully demonstrates how true love can overcome class gap and social status difference. I once believe in love again:) love the movie as well.

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    C squared 06-21-16
    C squared 06-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "a little slow at first"

    I found myself struggling to connect with the characters in this book at first. I would say it took several chapters to truly catch my interest. It is worth the listen, if you are willing to stick with it.

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    ND1031 06-16-16
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    "Tough start, but hang in there"

    I had a really hard time getting thru the first couple chapters, but let me tell you, I'm really glad I stuck with it, because it's a really good book!

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    Rachel Cuthkelvin 06-09-16
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    Loved it. Amazing story well two stories actually
    I thought it was interesting and romantic

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    I thought I had predicted the end but never expected the twist! Another good read.

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    I struggled to actually stick with this one in the beginning because the audible narration really bothered me. Considering this is a romance novel, I found it annoying that he main male character was played by a woman. It was awkward. I am glad I stuck with it however because the story was pretty great!

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