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The Longest Ride [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Sparks
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,711 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

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Nicholas Sparks clearly knows how to tug at heartstrings and so he proves again with this tale of two love stories ... The fortunes of both romances are described with a noticeably old-fashioned tenderness which prizes love and devotion and which, especially in Ira's story, provides a proper, old-fashioned weepie Daily Mail (Sparks) has a canny knack of tapping into what makes us human, and before you know it, you are rooting for Ira and engrossed in his life story Irish Independent A fiercely romantic and touching tale, with the added bonus of a sexy cowboy. When it comes to tales about love, Nicholas Sparks is one of the undisputed kings Heat Will suck you in and leave you a sobbing mess Star Magazine

About the Author

With over 85 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eight of Nicholas Sparks's novels-Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures. In 2011, he founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives though education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1232 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOTU42A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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139 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute love story September 19, 2013
By Izzy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Nicholas Sparks. I have read all his books and I am always excited when a new one is going to be released. Even though, you sort of know what going to happen in a Nicholas Sparks book, I still love them. The Longest Ride was no exception. It intertwines a story about two couples, one old, and one young and does a really good job of connecting them together at the end. I don't want to give too many details but anyone who loves Nicholas Sparks or just wants to read a cute love story should read this, you won't be disappointed. Not to be corny, but, I think what I love most about Nicholas Sparks books is that the guy in the story always really, truly, and without reservation loves the girl and would do anything for her.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another AMAZINGLY written love story September 21, 2013
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Thank you for another AMAZING love story. The detail in every moment of the book kept me wanting more and more. In one sitting I finished the whole book with tears of joy, sorrow and happiness.
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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Best of Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook! September 20, 2013
Format:Audible Audio Edition
This is the best of Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook - 5 stars ++++! Oh course, I have read all his books and have seen all his movies --they are all great - however, I will say The Longest Ride is at the top of the list with The Notebook. What a beautifully written poignant love story and fell in love with all the characters (especially Luke).

I had purchased the book on pre-order; however, was busy packing for a long extended stay and drive to Highlands, NC and ironically Winston-Salem, NC (from West Palm Beach) which is a 12 hour drive, so decided to purchase the audio from audible.com for my long drive on iPod for next week. However, started listening to it yesterday while packing, and had to finish it tonight as could not put it down--(so will need another book for my trip next week)! (Ironically, listened to The Best of Me by Nicholas on audio for my last trip two years ago from NC to South Florida.)

I would highly recommend the audio as Ron McLarty (whom I love as is the narrator of David Baldacci's books) and January LaVoy - made the book! They did an exceptional job with the performance of Ira/Ruth and Sophie/Luke.

Another huge plus - as a native of NC (Piedmont area) it was nice to hear Nicholas incorporating the Piedmont/Western Carolina mountain areas of NC versus the eastern coast as some of his other books. All the familiar places, I love (Winston-Salem, Old Salem, King, Grove Park Inn, Black Mountain, Asheville, Biltmore, Pinnacle, Clemmons, Yadkinville, 421, Pilot Mountain, Wake Forest, Fabien Restaurant, etc.) Kept waiting for Village Tavern Reynolda Road.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read! September 21, 2013
By nana
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I kept trying to figure out how these lives were going to cross paths! A very passionate and loving story!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A long ride for two different couples September 24, 2013
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In "The Longest Ride" Nicholas Sparks weaves intermingled stories of two completely different couples which you know from the start must intersect at the end.

Ira Levinson is over 90 but still driving when he crashes off the road in snow and ice. Badly injured and waiting for rescue he reflects on his life with his beloved wife Ruth who died a few years earlier. In delirium Ruth returns to encourage him and talks about their life together. Every year on a particular anniversary Ira writes a letter to Ruth about their life and love together. Even after her death he keeps writing the letters, the latest one being in the car with him. The story of Ira and Ruth parallels in some ways the story of Noah and Allie in "The Notebook".

Sophia Danko is a college student specialising in art history who is recovering from the breakdown of a relationship with Brian who has cheated her twice but still wants her back. She goes to a Cowboy style dance in a barn only to find Brian is still stalking her. She is rescued by Luke Collins, a competition bull rider who works on his mother's small ranch. On the face of it Luke and Sophia have little in common but slowly but surely a very special romance develops. The chances of their romance surviving after Sophia graduates look slim.

Nicholas Sparks is a consummate author of intelligent stories of personal relationships and romance. While I enjoyed this book at times the rides got a little too long. Warning: Sparks books are usually tearjerkers and this one is no exception.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 21, 2013
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Another great novel, though not surprisingly considering the author. Loved getting to read two LOVE stories joined into one amazing story
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book !!! September 21, 2013
By Tinahen
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Nicholas SPARKS HAS. OUTDONE HIMSELF ! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

A REAL TRUE LOVE STORY TIMES TWO. I COULDn'T PUTT IT DOWN!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointed! November 18, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I just did not like this book! I have read all of his books but this one just did not hold my interest. I have been trying to get through it for 3 weeks and I'm still only half way done. It's just not near the book his other books have been..........sorry I can only give it one star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining!
Published 3 minutes ago by Mary K Burmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sparks bravo!
Nicholas Sparks delivers once again and I can't wait for the movie! Truly enjoyed this and couldn't wait to see how the parallel stories would finally combine, I just didn't want... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Patti Dacus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous book!
Published 3 hours ago by Carole J. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Liked It.
Published 7 hours ago by Stephanie Else
5.0 out of 5 stars sitting in your favorite chair with your favorite beverage close at...
I struggled with the proper words to use when reviewing this book.
This is a book that must be read in quiet comfort, sitting in your favorite chair with your favorite... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Nevada Country
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Always Nicholas Sparks' books and this one did not disappoint!
Published 22 hours ago by Deborah V. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing storyline!
I fell in love with Luke, Sophia, Ira, and Ruth! It was a great romance and very well written! Amazing!
Published 23 hours ago by Tasha Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but switching back and forth with the characters ...
Good story but switching back and forth with the characters in time gets a little confusing at time. Good ending.
Published 1 day ago by Janet Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
The storyline was terrific. Be prepared to shed a few tears. Beautiful story. Kindness and love will prevail. The characters were well developed and had great stories of their own.
Published 1 day ago by zanie26
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good but different
Published 1 day ago by Milton McCoy
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More About the Author

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, in over 45 languages, including over 50 million copies in the United States alone, and his popularity continues to soar.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010) and The Best of Me (2011), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah.

Safe Haven is scheduled for release on February 14, 2013, and marks Sparks's eighth film adaptation, following The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, which thus far have a cumulative worldwide gross of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.

Sparks lives in North Carolina with his family. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4 x400 meter, in New York. The record still stands.

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