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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2013

Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale. Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways. The new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.

©2013 Willow Holdings, Inc. (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Lorna
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 04-10-14

Just beautiful... sigh!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Longest Ride to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the hard copy

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

I wouldn't want to spoil the story, but it was so poignant with deep love..

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

All the characters were special.. The deep love of the old and the new fresh love of the young

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think of my own marriage.. 30 years long, I could feel myself relating to the old man.. that deep love...

Any additional comments?

I love Nicholas Sparks, the way he writes love stories.. he just gets it! You wont be dissapointed with this beautiful double story that collides into an amazing dance..

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  • Rhonda
  • WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia
  • 12-15-13

Have the tissues ready!!!

What a lovely story. I just could not stop listening and wish it had gone on for much longer. I would make a great movie too.

The narration by Ron McLarty & January LaVoy was wonderful and really drew you into the story.

Definitely recommend this book.

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  • Ms
  • 03-20-14

Loved it

What did you like most about The Longest Ride?

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Loved the characters, Loved the way the story panned out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

The love between Ira and Ruth.The way she comforted him in the Car.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The auction.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh and cry...

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  • Vix
  • 12-02-13

Very enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it. It was a well written, well narrated story with a few twists and turns.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

The very obvious love that was shared between the two couples - one starting their 'ride' together and one ending.

What about January LaVoy and Ron McLarty ’s performance did you like?

I have never really gone for a book with more than one narrator but this one worked really well. I found it very easy to keep up with who was who through the jumps between characters.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile, laugh out loud and whilst not actually cry made me very sad on occasion. A very well written book which certainly makes you emotional.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend Nicholas Sparks as an author, he truly captures characters and emotions and writes a good plot!

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  • Beccy
  • 01-20-16

Keep going

This book was quite hard to get into for me but I kept going and it was a lovely story. You can guess the ending but with authors like Nicholas Sparks sometimes it goes another way! Overall very enjoyable. On to the next!

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  • Mrs
  • 06-03-15

Love it

Interesting two storylines that come together I loved how the author created these characters I fell in love with Luke he is every girls fantasy such a sweet heart. I liked the older character and his great love for his late wife. Another wonderful story from Nicholas.

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  • Eva
  • 01-09-15

Beautifully woven, heart expanding read.

This book exceeded my expectations, slowly building to a wonderfully uplifting and life affirming finale. Wonderful narration too.

Thank you!

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  • Hotnar
  • 05-27-17

I like it

I enjoyed the book. you will keep thinking how the caricature meet at the end. now I could watch the movie

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  • F
  • 10-22-15

Corny!

Going on the rave reviews, I chose this book. What a huge disappointment! Although it was read well, the writing was sloppy, repetitive and the storyline with Luke and Sophia nauseating. After my last book - The Little Friend by Donna Tartt - which was brilliant and one I didn't want to end, this one I couldn't wait to finish it!

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  • Ailene
  • 10-12-15

Enjoyable

It was a very good book and I really enjoyed listening to it. :-) :-)

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  • amy mold
  • 09-04-15

Really brilliant story

A very good story of two couples, their trials and tribulations of their own relationships. With a very nice, but sad ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-15

Sooo lovely book!

What made the experience of listening to The Longest Ride the most enjoyable?

Story, narrating, atmosphere, passion, love... All of it mixed together made this audiobook special. Great idea to give it to two narrators...although four would be even better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

The book is memorable all through. It is difficult not to pass any spoilers.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty – was your favourite?

I just loved the old man.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Quite a few.

Any additional comments?

Recommended for anybody, who likes nicely flowing, non-violent memoir-like stories and who does not mind a bit of romance intertwined. Although the final twist was a bit predictable, it is actually what the reader/listener wishes for an end. I am happy I convinced myself to purchase this audiobook.

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  • K W
  • 02-05-15

A touching human story

Some wonderful moments of insight, reflection and wisdom are weaved through this dual love story
Thank you Nicholas for this moving novel.

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  • Johanna
  • 12-29-17

Beautiful Story :)

This is a beautiful story of love, life and loss, an inspiring romantic novel, that has a wonderful twist that shows love is all you need and nothing else matters.

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  • Helen
  • 10-29-17

Nice to have 2 readers telling the story.

the 2 readers one for Ira, and one for everyone else made this a very enjoyable story and added a little something.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-17

Great book

Loved every moment of this book. Very easy to listen to. Different from the movie but just as good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-17

Amazing!

This would have to be my favourite book 💗💗 I would 100% recommend this to anyone!

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  • Rose Burr
  • 02-29-16

The longest ride

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I couldn't put it down. It draws you in to all the characters.

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  • C. Donkin
  • 02-28-16

Feel good story.

The story tied together nicely in the end with a lovely feel good message.
Enjoyable.

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  • Brianna
  • 11-05-15

Simply beautiful

I love, love, loved this story. Another simply beautiful work from Sparks. The narration was a perfect match.

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  • dejoux
  • 10-19-15

Get the tissues

Wow what a great story. If you a huge romance fan this a a great book which will pull at your heart strings big time

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  • Jan
  • 10-02-15

Kinda lame but nice

It's pretty well what I expected...lightweight, formula fluff....but I wanted something sweet, mindless and pleasant while traveling in Africa and it was all of those.
It's a bit long tho...the Ira and Ruth parts start and midway went on and on but the narrators did a good job.
I watched the movie on the flight home....and for once didn't find it secondary to the book. Shoes the book wasn't much!
No better or worse than anything else of that genre.