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Summary

In the enduringly popular style of his previous works, including The Notebook and See Me, Nicholas Sparks introduces us to the soon-to-be-entwined lives of four unsuspecting characters, and ensnares us with his gift for creating truly emotive stories.

Audie Award Finalist, Romance, 2013

Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale. Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways. The new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.

©2013 Willow Holdings, Inc. (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Ms
  • 20-03-14

Loved it

What did you like most about The Longest Ride?

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Loved the characters, Loved the way the story panned out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

The love between Ira and Ruth.The way she comforted him in the Car.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The auction.

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

Made me laugh and cry...

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Very enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it. It was a well written, well narrated story with a few twists and turns.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

The very obvious love that was shared between the two couples - one starting their 'ride' together and one ending.

What about January LaVoy and Ron McLarty ’s performance did you like?

I have never really gone for a book with more than one narrator but this one worked really well. I found it very easy to keep up with who was who through the jumps between characters.

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

It made me smile, laugh out loud and whilst not actually cry made me very sad on occasion. A very well written book which certainly makes you emotional.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend Nicholas Sparks as an author, he truly captures characters and emotions and writes a good plot!

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Keep going

This book was quite hard to get into for me but I kept going and it was a lovely story. You can guess the ending but with authors like Nicholas Sparks sometimes it goes another way! Overall very enjoyable. On to the next!

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  • 22-10-15

Corny!

Going on the rave reviews, I chose this book. What a huge disappointment! Although it was read well, the writing was sloppy, repetitive and the storyline with Luke and Sophia nauseating. After my last book - The Little Friend by Donna Tartt - which was brilliant and one I didn't want to end, this one I couldn't wait to finish it!

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One of the best audiobooks ever!

Everything about this book was absolutely awesome! The narration was superb, the storyline amazing, the characters and storytelling fantastic. I have read each and every one of Nicholas Sparks books and am amazed at the extremes in quality and brilliance they offer up. At the amazing end is most definitely “the longest ride”.

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Nice story not in a rush to read again

I nice story but not Nicolas sparks best. Felt the end was too convenient and neatly wrapped.

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I like it

I enjoyed the book. you will keep thinking how the caricature meet at the end. now I could watch the movie

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Love it

Interesting two storylines that come together I loved how the author created these characters I fell in love with Luke he is every girls fantasy such a sweet heart. I liked the older character and his great love for his late wife. Another wonderful story from Nicholas.

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Beautifully woven, heart expanding read.

This book exceeded my expectations, slowly building to a wonderfully uplifting and life affirming finale. Wonderful narration too.

Thank you!

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Skilful Storytelling

A beautiful novel weaving together 2 love stories a generation apart. Likeable characters and a great setting in ranching and rodeo country.

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  • Lorna
  • 10-04-14

Just beautiful... sigh!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Longest Ride to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the hard copy

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

I wouldn't want to spoil the story, but it was so poignant with deep love..

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

All the characters were special.. The deep love of the old and the new fresh love of the young

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

It made me think of my own marriage.. 30 years long, I could feel myself relating to the old man.. that deep love...

Any additional comments?

I love Nicholas Sparks, the way he writes love stories.. he just gets it! You wont be dissapointed with this beautiful double story that collides into an amazing dance..

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  • Lynn
  • 15-12-13

Have the tissues ready!!!

What a lovely story. I just could not stop listening and wish it had gone on for much longer. I would make a great movie too.

The narration by Ron McLarty & January LaVoy was wonderful and really drew you into the story.

Definitely recommend this book.