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Publisher's Summary

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love.

Then, one day, a raging, record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town. Denise Holton, a young single mother, is driving through it when her car skids off the road. With her is her four-year-old son, Kyle. Unconscious and bleeding, she - not Kyle - is found. And when she wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone.

During the search for Kyle, the connection, the lifeline, between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will lead him to the possibility of his own rescue from a life lived without love. That it will dare him to live life to the fullest by daring to love.

©2000 by Nicholas Sparks; ©2000 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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Great Story

One of my favorites. The music occasionally got in the way and was too loud for the audio. But very enjoyable.

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Not a typical Sparks

Parts of the story go on & on about minuscule details. I found myself skipping over minutes to get past those parts to see if anything interesting was coming up. There is the typical Sparks little surprise at the end but with a predictable outcome.

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The reader should have researched a bit.

Would you listen to The Rescue again? Why?

Yes, because there were times I was doing two things at once and I missed some parts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kyle was my favorite, because he was the sweetest.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was slow and needed a little more inflection in the tone. The reader should have also learned the way locals pronounce the town names, etc. Edenton is pronounced like the garden of eden, not like Ed- nton. It was irritating to me.

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

no

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Kept my Intrest

Little predictable overall but good storyline. wish there was more detail at the end.

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The Rescue, by Nicholas Sparks

O, my WORD, the ending was so incredible. Better than I imagined it to end! But I wouldn't have missed it the ending cause the entire book kept my interest. Beautifully written!!

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sweet , awesome, exciting Mr. sparks knows

Mr. sparks has done it again . a man that finally knows how to bring out your emotion's and how to love another

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It's ok.

He has better books. This was ok. Story a bit slow. Single mom falls in love with a loner.

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Not one of Sparks' better stories

Didn't like it much. Too dull. So so story line. Could have been better. Boring.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning...A Touching Story

This story is about love... familial love and romantic love brought together by a raging storm, and a lost 4 year-old boy.

Taylor McAden is a volunteer fireman who is more than willing to risk his life in order to save lives. Taylor feels compelled to take terrifying risks. The reason he is motivated to risk his life is one of the mysteries of this story. Romantic love is another mystery surrounding Taylor McAden. While he is willing to take the leap of faith to save a life, he is unwilling to take the leap of faith by daring to risk romantic love.

This is a good storyline and it was very easy to become concerned and care about the characters. I thought the author could have done a better job of setting up the story to show why it was so difficult for Taylor to pursue romantic love, but overall it's a heart-felt story and was 'all good' in the end.

Johnny Heller, the narrator, did a wonderful job. He did the best he could with the 4 year-old's voice (a difficulty for any mature male). I enjoyed this novel, narration and all.

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Boring story & annoying narration

I have nothing good to say about this book. As soon as it started I was PRAYING that the man reading the acknowledgements was NOT going to being reading the whole book. His voice was beyond annoying. But alas, he was the narrator. I decided to forge ahead anyway. It is boring. Not once was I ever concerned with what would happen. The main character was whiny. The kids dialect aggravating. I made it about halfway through and then asked for a refund.