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The Lucky One

Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks' new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny.

The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

©2008 Nicholas Sparks (P)2008 Nicholas Sparks

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    2 out of 5 stars

Poorly written, poorly read

Do you remember your school days, when you were first learning to write fiction? An omniscient, third-person narrator explained all your characters' thoughts, vices, virtues and motivations? But eventually you learned that it was better to let them speak for themselves through their own words and actions? Evidently the author missed that lesson.

But I'm not convinced that it would have done much good. The characters are flat, ridiculous caricatures. One moment, the protagonist is sensitive to his ladyfriend's mood, not probing into something that he senses - without words - she does not want to discuss. A moment later, he presses her on a question that she explicitly told him she did not want to talk about. And when the two have their first intimate moment together, our protagonist predictably progresses from doubt to clairty. It's not that this progression is unexpected or unrealistic - love has its mysteries - it's that the author presents it clumsily and without insight. The moment has no inner light.

The reader attempts to inflect his voice to represent the characters and the mood of their words; unfortunately, it is a maudlin effort that magnifies the author's lack of talent.

Despite these shortcomings, I listened to the end, which is why I gave it two stars.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • karen
  • Fabens, TX, United States
  • 12-13-11

Nicholas Sparks did it again.

Would you listen to The Lucky One again? Why?

Yes, over and over because it was another Nicholas Sparks good one. I have never read or listen to a bad book by Nicolas Sparks.

What did you like best about this story?

Nothing in particular, just the entire story.

Any additional comments?

I have never read a Nicholas Sparks I have not liked.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • pam
  • ALBIA, IA, United States
  • 11-08-10

Excellent book.

Love Nicholas Spark's books and this was no exception. Probably my least favorite of his so far, but still a great book.

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  • Dii Banks
  • Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • 11-15-18

Happy, over all

wish it was a little longer, but like ALL Nicholas Sparks books, it was awesome.

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  • Teresa
  • Lexington, KY, United States
  • 11-16-12

Definite disappointment!!

What disappointed you about The Lucky One?

I sincerely can not listen to one more contrived line ! The story teller woman voice is a slap in the face to womankind!!! So Disappointed and put off.....

Would you ever listen to anything by Nicholas Sparks again?

I would give it a go............

How did the narrator detract from the book?

How didnt he is more like it............

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

For sure disappointment and how can I choose in the future and not make the same mistake? Can I return this particular Sparks book?

Any additional comments?

Please get real men and real women for those parts....it sounds like sick jokes when they pretend.