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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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Great Story Despite Narration

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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Love

This is the second time I have watched the movie and decided to read the book. Of course the first one was also a Nicolas Sparks book (The Notebook). I absolutely love his work. I love the feelings I catch every time I open up one of his books and this one was no different. I fall in love with the characters so easily. Definitely worth the read or listen to!

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Great Book, unexpected ending , enjoyed the book

book was a little slow at first. I snuck a peak at part of the movie. the movie covered 90 percent of the book time line in 10 minutes.
The movies loses 95 percent of the details. I believe the book is much better than the movie. Will look for other books by the author.

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Voice actors play opposite sexes

The female played the male and vice verse. Made the characters weird and it was hard to distinguish. Story was good but long.

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Beautiful

What a beautiful love story! I love how they tied everything together in the end.

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Amazing

who would have thought that the story would align the way it did. what a wonderful story

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Sparks doesn't disappoint!!

This was a wonderful story that takes you on a journey. One that will have your ears and mind begging for more. A typical sparks novel, love tragedy and the connection of two
Seemingly unrelated stories...it's a book worth entertaining.

The only issue I had was the female voicing Luke. It comes off as quite fake/ someone really trying to impersonate a southerner. That being said, it wasn't enough to stop me from finishing this.

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Overall wonderful story.

Love every chapter in this book describe every detail and every person character. This book is a beautiful love story. I will again listen to this book again.

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great. I did not expect that ending.

now I want to watch the movie. where can I watch it? anyone have an idea

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A really nice read

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I loved the romance between the characters and I really liked how the narrator read the story.