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He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina's most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they'd found their true soul mate.

Ten years into their marriage, when Abbie faces a life-threatening illness, Doss battles it with her every step of the way. And when she makes a list of 10 things she hopes to accomplish before she loses the fight for good, Doss is there, too, supporting her and making everything possible. Together they steal away in the middle of the night to embark upon a 130-mile trip down the St. Mary's River - a voyage Doss promised Abbie in the early days of their courtship.

Where the River Ends chronicles their love-filled, tragedy-tinged journey and a bond that transcends all.

©2008 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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Perfect Ending.

Charles Martin writes so eloquently and descriptively, once bitten by one of his books, it’s easy to go back for more. Often set along rivers and under trees the stories create peacefulness when reading. Also, a great choice for those readers with descriptive sexual content issues for Charles Martin can write a hot love story without that. I will admit though in this novel it did drag a bit in the ½ to ¾’s area for me before finishing better than you could imagine.

A love story told from the middle out in a man’s prospective, it is not overly thought provoking or sentimental. This is a story about a man trying to make the last days of his wife’s life exactly how she wants it to be. I think what makes this book so enjoyable and interesting was the depth that one can love when it’s not easy. It’s not easy to see the best in people when they are not at their best, but if there is true love - it's never a burden.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • Oscoda, MI, United States
  • 08-11-13

A beautiful love story

This is way better than The Notebook (my favorite love story). Although a few inconsistencies had me scratching my head. Was there talk of the Internet and Photoshop, and a line that said, "She pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and smiled..."? But yet this was supposedly 1992. Those inconsistencies don't ruin the story, but it takes the rating down to four stars. Maybe I'm missing something or misheard it, but "hiccups" like that throw off the flow of the book and take it down a notch below spectacular. The narrator kept changing up the level of his southern drawl during the narration, which was also a bit distracting. Still, overall it was a great story and well worth the credit.

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Could be a good story, but descriptions run on

Excrutiating detail of river, cabins, tatoos, people....so slow narrating every word. Then pace picks up during dialog and back to lumbering through the details. An effort to get through the story.

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  • John
  • Tifton, GA, United States
  • 01-25-09

Kept waiting for more

I kept thinking there had to be more to this book. The descriptions of the river were picturesque, but the story was so predictable. Bleh. I can't believe I listened to the entire thing, but I was so sure it would get better. Reminded me of those Danielle Steele books I read as a teenager.

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Another great story from Charles Martin

I have read all of Charles Martin's books and thoroughly enjoy them all. Great story lines with strong characters. Keep them coming!
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Not a happy book

Unfortunately Audible doesn't give the potential reader the chance to really see what the book is about. Had I realized how depressing this book is (as I could have in an actual book store looking at a hard cover copy) and how gut wrenchingly sad cancer victim stories can be, I'd rather not be drawn into the misery. Apologies. Audible's return policy isn't as customer friendly as they advertise, even with many, many purchases.

Bottom line, I don't recommend this book. And what a shocker considering I bought it because I was so taken by another from this same author. Oh well.

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I guess I had to find one I didn't like

I have listened to 5 of Charles Martin's books and LOVED all of them. I guess I had to find one I didn't like. I had to fast forward through most of this book. It was way too boring for me, and it just went on and on and on.

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one of his best

A favorite from Charles Martin. Real life issues delt with in such a beautiful way.

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Amazing!

As always. Martin intricately weaves the elements within this story of love, sacrifice, and loss creating stunning imagery and depth into his characters. Despite the novel's emphasis on the ravages of cancer, Martin leaves the reader with a sense of cleansing and redemption. Strong narration adds another beautiful layer to Martin's work.

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Pain and True Peace

If you could sum up Where the River Ends in three words, what would they be?

Unconditional Love & Sacrifice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely!!

Any additional comments?

The depth of pain, love, & satisfaction in this book feels very real as you listen to it. A little irony thrown in to keep you on your toes!