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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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    Jayson 03-26-16
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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I loved the romance between the characters and I really liked how the narrator read the story.

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    At first it's a little hard to get interested I thought because you don't know what's going on yet is the only reason but it all makes sense in the end and it is the usual wonderful Nicholas Sparks Bittersweet Tale!!

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    To much time wasted trying to blend two stories together. it became boring dragging out Ira's story.

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    "Far fetched but possible"

    I believe a story like this is very possible to happen in our country as I have known people like this character who even might have parallel this story but not teaching the same kind of envding. I must say I have enjoyed the book very much and will suggest it to others. Thank You

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    "My New Favorite"

    This is now my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. I loved the two different story lines and time lines. They were totally different cultures and ages, which appealed to me. I should also know by now to have some Kleenex with me while listening to a Sparks book.

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    Be prepared with Kleenex. This story will make you think about life and what is important. Also a great romance.

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    I wasn't sure about this book when I purchased it but i loved it !! It made me want to cry !!

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    I enjoyed the variation between the two sets of characters in the story. That is something that Nicholas Sparks has never done before in any of his other books. It kept me engaged throughout the story.

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    and will continue reading as the days grow long loved it loved it loved it

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