Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
The Return  By  cover art

The Return

By: Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $23.14

Buy for $23.14

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

In the romantic tradition of Dear John, an injured Navy doctor meets two extremely important women whose secrets will change the course of his life in this number one New York Times best seller.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.

Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local...yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues - until a crisis triggers a race to uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have imagined.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness...and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

©2020 Nicholas Sparks (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"As much a family drama as it is a love story ... If you, like Trevor, are looking to slow down and focus on what's really important, The Return is the heartwarming read you've been waiting for." (BookPage)

"A pleasant read that moves like honey." (BookTrib)

"[Nicholas Sparks'] descriptions of the charms of downtown New Bern and the beauty of Brices Creek made me want to ... rush to spend a few days there." (Chatham Journal Newspaper)

Featured Article: Fall in Love with the Very Best Nicholas Sparks Books


Nicholas Sparks is a prolific writer who has written more than 20 best-selling books. While all of his stories offer heartfelt and engaging narratives, with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. Based on popularity, accolades, and listener reviews, we’ve cultivated the following list of listens that represent the very best of Nicholas Sparks. Start with this delicious dozen, and then check out the rest of his stirring, unforgettable works.