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At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.
©1996 Nicholas Sparks; (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks

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A REAL TEAR JERKER

NO BODY CAN POSSIBLY HAVE THE KIND OF LOVE THESE TWO PEOPLE HAVE. IT IS A GREAT STORY AND WHAT REALLY MAKES IT GRAND IS THE NARRARATOR. HE SOUNDS AS IF IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING TO HIM AND PUTS UNBELIEVABLE FEELING INTO IT. AND TO THINK IT WAS WRITTEN BY A MAN. WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed the movie more

I am a huge fan of the movie the Notebook (who isn't?!) and actually enjoyed the movie much more than the book, usually it's the opposite. I like the characters betters in the movie version, Noah in the book and in the movie seemed like two totally different characters, and I like the movie version better, maybe it's because Ryan gosling did such a great job portraying him but I didn't care
For the book version of Noah. Still a great love story but found the movie better.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rodney
  • Bucyrus, OH, USA
  • 11-10-05

The Notebook

This was the first audio book of Nicholas Sparks' that I had listened to. I enjoyed it very much. He certainly knows how to discribe the romance between his characters. Plus there is a little bit of suspence that makes you want to keep listening. I've noticed that in each story he mentions a person or situation from other stories he has written. I recommend this and all of Nicholas Sparks' books. Buckwheat's wife.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • mihaela
  • lathrup village, MI, United States
  • 12-04-10

flat characters

The movie was a hit but the book is a long boring cat nap. Unlike A Walk To Remember connecting with the flat characters in this book takes some make believe. Life is more complex than that. Going back and forth with the memories by the narrator, made it more believable. Too much graphic love making was a turnoff. And only a man would describe it from a women's perspective like that. But hey, if it took this book to give us that great movie then why not? :)

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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It's ok

Didn't like who read the story. He gave all the guys an old man voice and I couldn't picture Noah young at all!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book

What did you love best about The Notebook?

How love can endure through the years. Great book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Notebook?

Cannot give one - I LOVED this book.

What about Barry Bostwick’s performance did you like?

Yes, he was believable as the different characters. Great job

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

Probably Noah - he never gave up on the love of his life. He was a veteran, outdoorsman, determined guy. He made a promise to his love, his life and fulfilled it.

Any additional comments?

I almost did not download the book because of a previous comment about the music in the background. The music is only occasionally in some segments and does not distract from the story. If you loved the movie you will love the book as well. I enjoyed listening to this book. Only took me a few days to listen to the entire book. Loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Take out the musical background

I love this story...why is there piano music randomly in the background? I hate it. It's a distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not good

I really didn't like this book. The narrator is not good and the story is lacking. Love the movie was very disappointed in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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**SPOILERS**

I'm finding that like most Nicholas Sparks Books, I enjoy the movie significantly more. I think this would still be the case if I were to have read the books first and then watched the movie. This book in particulari felt like it was kind of all over the place, he would have flashbacks and not inform the reader that it was a flashback. This causing a bit of confusion. I was also extremely disappointed that so many epic things that happened in the movie is credited to the screenwriters. I was very excited to hear those in book form as I so deeply loved them in the movie. But I didn't really feel like there was any sort of epic scene in the book. It was all just kind of there. As far as narration goes, Barry Bostwick has an excellent reading voice. However when reading the parts for Allie his voice was a very soft spoken whisper and you had to turn the volume up all the way just hear and then when he could jump to another voice, with your volume up so high he was practically yelling. Overall it is still an excellent book, and Nicholas Sparks gets all the credit it the world for them and storyline to the movies. Sadly, I personally just like the movies more.

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  • Ashley
  • Raeford, NC, United States
  • 01-25-14

Not what I expected

I love Nicholas Sparks' books, but this is one of the rare occasions that the movie was actually better than the book. I don't think the book showed how their love developed and grew to help the reader become emotionally connected with the characters. Instead the summer they spent together was summed up in a paragraph.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful