The Longest Ride [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview

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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The two couples could not be more unlike, especially in their present situations. Ira Levinson is 91 years old, injured and stranded, perhaps forever, after a car crash; yet comforted by visions of his beloved wife Ruth, who died nine years before. Not far away is Wake Forest senior Sophia Danko, enraptured head over heels with an equally enthralled cowboy named Luke. In his new cinematic novel, Nicholas Sparks weaves together the stories of these two completely different pairs as only he could. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. Read it now; see it later: The Longest Ride will be a film, due for a Valentine's Day weekend release next year).

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-28
Love means never having to say you're dead. Sparks (The Best of Me, 2011, etc.) fans know the drill: sweetness and light, darkness and despair, kissing and making up. And always, always, intertwining storylines. Got the template? Here, Sparks opens with a grim scene that soon turns as sappy as a maple: Old Ira Levinson (there's a signal there) has driven off the road in black ice and snow, and now he's feeling, as he says, "the Grim Reaper tapping my shoulder." Now, it stands to reason that up there in the Southern highlands, a tow truck is likely to arrive less expeditiously than the nearest friendly ghost, in this case, that of Ira's beloved wife, Ruth. If you've seen that Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore movie, you'll know how this part works. But Ira isn't just any old Southern Jew expiring in the cold: He's had a hobby that's morphed into a grail. Exit stage right; enter Sophia and Luke. Sophia's a sorority sweetie with a brawler of a boyfriend whom she's trying to ditch, and Luke is the cowboy hero who comes loping along to save the day. But let Sparks explain: "The cowboy's words were clear and slow, as if he were addressing a dimwit." Indeed. Well, bad boyfriend is conflict No. 1, and Luke's nerves are conflict No. 2, especially when it comes to a session with the monster bull of his darkest dreams. All that remains to be done is to lasso these two couples together, jerk some tears: "My plea to you is this: despite your sadness, do not forget how happy you have made me; do not forget that I loved a man who loved me in return, and this was the greatest gift I could ever have hoped to receive." To which, in cowboy-speak, the proper reply is: "Aw, shucks." Just the sort of thing for Sparks buffs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455520664
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 295
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nicholas Sparks
With over 95 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. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels-The Best of Me, 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 with The Longest Ride coming in Spring 2015. In 2011, he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives through 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.

Biography

Ever since The Notebook made Nicholas Sparks a word-of-mouth publishing sensation in 1996, he has maintained his status as a bestselling author of tragedy-tinged love stories. His spare, simply themed novels star ordinary people overcome by extraordinary emotions, and changed by them.

It's possible that Sparks might have enjoyed his level of popularity by writing these stories strictly from imagination, but in fact his family's struggles play an important role in many of his books, especially the earliest novels. (For exampleThe Notebook, his tale of a great love affair extending into old age, was inspired by his wife's grandparents; Message in a Bottle drew from Sparks' father's life story and A Walk to Remember from his late sister's.) In addition, a three-week trip he and his older sibling Micah undertook in 2003 became the basis for Three Weeks with My Brother, a unique memoir as moving and tenderhearted as any of his fiction.

Sparks is very methodical about his writing, an approach he makes transparent on his web site with several essays, updates on works in progress, and notes on the mechanics of his novels. Unsurprisingly, critics have faulted him for being too formulaic or cliched. Still, Sparks never fails to move his stories along quickly, maximizing emotional impact and featuring strong, down-to-earth characters. His endings also tend to depart from convention a bit, revealing tragedy where the walk into the sunset should be.

Although he is often classified as a Romance writer, Sparks is quick to point out that his books don't really satisfy the requirements of Romance publishers. Instead, he admits to writing love stories, a different genre altogether. Whatever he cares to call them, one thing's for sure: Nicholas Sparks continues to strike gold with his bittersweet novels of love and loss.

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Sparks came to his career in an unconventional way: Sidelined after a running injury at University of Notre Dame, where he had won a full track scholarship and still holds the 4x800 relay record, he decided to write a book after his mother offhandedly suggested it as a way to make him stop brooding. His first novel remains unpublished ("It's a wonderful story -- except for the writing," he wrote later), but he kept trying. He later coauthored an inspirational title called Wokini; but his third novel (The Notebook) was the charm.

Blockbuster film adaptations of Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook have turned Sparks into a successful Hollywood franchise.

Sparks' wife is probably one of the most envied wives around. She met Nicholas in college at spring break, where he informed her that they would be married. She laughed him off, but they were married just over a year later. He told Barnes & Noble.com in a 1999 interview, "I suppose I'm a romantic. Ladies Home Journal has even called me the Most Romantic Husband in America. In fact, I sent my wife a dozen roses today."

Sparks was still selling pharmaceuticals and had only just delivered the final version of The Notebook to his agent when she called, two days after receiving the manuscript, telling him she expected "something big." That something big materialized within the week: a $1 million offer from Warner Books.

Sparks holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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    1. Hometown:
      New Bern, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Omaha, Nebraska
    1. Education:
      B.A. in finance, University of Notre Dame, 1988
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Too good!

    I've been a long time fan of Sparks and I believe this is his best book to-date. There was excellent character development and you couldn't help but to fall in love with the main characters. I usually don't like it when authors change the POV but Sparks made it work and I enjoyed the different views and stories. I also like how no one was portrayed as a hunky male heroine or a damsel in distress, this was a believable book about love. Thank you for sharing this book with the world

    37 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    How disrespectful to Nicholas Sparks and all the readers who vie

    How disrespectful to Nicholas Sparks and all the readers who view these comments. Using this forum on Barnes and Noble? Really?
    Completely inappropriate. Barnes and Noble please preview these comments and don't post them if they could be hurtful or disrespectful. This is a book review site. Unbelieveable!

    31 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Great love story

    This is a great story about true long lasting love, and about whats really important in life...relationships. i would strongly reccommend this book! It captures your attention throughout and pulls at your heart strings. I cant wait for the movie!

    28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Good Reading

    I love Nicholas Sparks books and can't wait to get this in my nook . Have read some of the story. It is so good. Shelby McCard I give this book 5 stars

    24 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    I absolutely love Nicholas Sparks and his style of writing. I d

    I absolutely love Nicholas Sparks and his style of writing. I didn't want to put the book down once I started reading. It had me laughing and crying at times. I feel like I have a connection with Luke & Sophia and I feel like Ira & Ruth were like the sweetest couple that anyone would have loved to have as grandparents. Such a sweet romantic love story.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    I need my "Sparks" more then once a year.

    Ruth and Sophia were very easy to fall in love with. Luke and Ira were amazing men. The format was a little difficult to follow but the story was beautiful. I read it in 2 days, now I have "Sparks" withdrawal.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Another great book!

    Another great book!

    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    To "Please Barnes and Noble"

    While I agree that the "jdusysgdh" type reviews should be removed, the bad reviews shouldn't be removed because those are opinions and that is what this section is for. Just because you don't agree with something doesn't mean we should get rid of it.

    15 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Excellent read!

    I've been a Nicholas Sparks fan for a long time, and have read each of his books. His last couple of books didn't seem quite as good to me, and I was beginning to think I was getting tired of his work. However, this book - "The Longest Ride" - reinstated my faith and enjoyment in his ability to tell a story! I liked that he had two distinct lines/stories in this book, with interesting and likable characters. As usual, the importance of love and priorities tied things together, and was especially appropriate in this book. I liked how he was able to take the reader from one character's viewpoint to another, which made the book that much more interesting. The ending was somewhat predictable, but I would have been disappointed had it not ended the way it did. Overall, the story and characters were endearing, and a valuable 'life lesson' was intertwined throughout, leaving the reader feeling good at the end. Nicholas Sparks will remain one of my favorite authors.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    another great book

    another great book

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Just ok

    This book did not draw me in, but I continued to read. It seems some very good writers get stuck on the same story line, after it works the first time. I will not spoil it, but will say, it was too similar to Safe Haven.
    Not one of my favorites by Nicholas Sparks.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Another great read

    Mr. Sparks just has the golden touch when it comes to story telling. He has not disapppointed in this poignant tale either. Would def recommend...sit back. Relax and enjoy the ride.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Please Barnes and Noble, review the posts and remove hateful and

    Please Barnes and Noble, review the posts and remove hateful and "hjgjhkgjg" type posts, otherwise this site does not seem reliable. Thank you.

    10 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Love love love

    Awesome book. Love Nicholas Sparks and can't wait for the next one.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Excellent!

    What a great story! Luke's storyline kept me on the edge of my seat. I was priviledge to meet a world class bull rider several years ago after he had been trampled and paralyzed while performing. He became a good friend and an inspiration. I had a hard time seperating his story from Luke's knowing the extreme danger of the sport. Nicholas Sparks writes the greatest love stories and takes you on a ride filled with love,joy, passion, fear, anger and forgiveness. I couldn't put it down!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    A great book from start to finish! I agree that this is his best

    A great book from start to finish! I agree that this is his best work yet. It keeps you wondering how the characters become intertwined as their lives are so separate. Loved every page!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    I just can't read another one of his books. I feel like his last

    I just can't read another one of his books. I feel like his last great one was Dear John.

    This one was predictable, just like his last few. I was able to guess the ending before the book even began. Although there are some nice points he makes, his writing just isn't the same. It's just BAD. I've continued to read each new book that's come out out of habit since I've read them all, but now I have to stop. His books aren't interesting anymore. The love stories have been done over and over, he just changes the scenery, their names, and their dilemma. I won't give anything away, but if you read enough, nothing seems like a surprise anymore. I feel like he recycles the stories we've all heard.

    I would pass on this one unfortunately. You will find other thrilling, captivating books out there.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Not my favorite but still a great book!!!!!!!

    I have read ever Nicholas Sparks book and while this one wasn't my favorite it was a great story. I did find myself skipping through some of the pages because i was more interested in the younger couple's story. I loved how the end brought the stories together. Cant wait for the next one!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Another great one

    Loved it.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    A good read - Sparks is great at creating romance.

    The Longest Ride was a very enjoyable read. Some parts reminded me
    of "The Notebook" but I still was entranced with the stories. I am
    looking forward to the picture coming out in February. Sparks doesn't
    fail to entertain.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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