The Guardian

The Guardian

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The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, Anne Twomey

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Nights in Rodanthe explores a darker realm of the heart in an explosive and emotional tale of love and obsession. At 29, Julie Barenson is too young to give up on love. Four years after her husband's tragic death, she is finally ready to risk giving her heart to someone again. But to whom? Should it be Richard Franklin, who is handsome and sophisticated and treats her like a queen, or Mike Harris, who is Julie's best friend in the world, though not as debonair? Now, with a decision that should bring her more happiness than she's had in years, Julie's life is about to become a living nightmare, as one man's jealousy spins into a deadly obsession.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594830631
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 04/01/2005
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of 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. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels—The Choice, The Longest Ride, 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—have been adapted into major motion pictures.


New Bern, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

December 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Omaha, Nebraska


B.A. in finance, University of Notre Dame, 1988

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book within 24 hours. It was a little more scary than I had predicted and it kept me up all night wanting to find out what was going to happen. Dogs are truly your best friend!!
cookie4 More than 1 year ago
Want to read a heart filling book with twists and turns that you would never have guessed would happen in a small town? The Guardian has it all: romance, murder, kidnapping, and true love.   Julie Barenson is your average small town woman living and working in a salon in Swansboro, North Carolina with her Great Dane Singer left to her by her late husband Jim with the promise that he would always be watching over her. Julie feels that after 4 years she is ready to start dating again but is stuck between to great guys: Mike Harris the down to earth guy who she has known since she came to the small town and Richard Franklin the handsome engineer who treats her like royalty. She didn’t find out until after a few dates that he wasn’t the man she first thought he was and decides to end it and give Mike a shot. That is when Richard starts losing his mind and thing change for Julie. When she decides to go out with Richard that really starts the book off because you want to know if she made the right choice by choosing him and you find out she didn’t. The characters in this story are pretty believable because you always encounter different types of people. For example Mike is the nice guy whom you can depend on and genuinely cares for other people and for their well being. Sometimes you will encounter people like Richard who is fake nice just to get what he wants and then turns out not the nicest person. Julie has as very hard decision to make but she makes the right one but it makes some people angry and puts her life and her dogs’ life in danger. The major theme of this book is making the right decision because that decision can change your whole life. When you read this book you really understand what I mean by making the right decisions and how they can affect your life.  Until I picked this book up I never liked reading. Every time I would have to read a book for school I would hate it and wait until the last minute to read it. Reading still is not my favorite thing to do but I am starting to warm up to it slowly thanks to Nicholas Sparks. I give this book a thumbs up. Although it never happened to me it is possible that it could happen. This book will give you an inside look on what can happen to anyone if you’re not careful with whom you trust. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Nicholas Sparks books! I usually read through a whole book in less than a week and that is not like me. I am not a big fan of reading but I find myself on the edge of my seat waiting for his next novel to come out. This is definitely a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I've read all of Spark's books, but this one is definitely a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of sparks books and i would have to say this was my favorite right above the notebook. Im suprised this one hasnt been made into a movie yet. Great read with some romance and some suspense all mixed together.
Lizzie_Reads More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Sparks's creative minds brings to life a beautful tale that involves everything you can think of (drama, action and romance). I enjoyed all of the dynamics of the novel and hope to see this in film someday. Way to go!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers Favorite "The Guardian" by Nicholas Sparks is one of his best tales. Before Julie Barenson’s husband passed away, he gave her a Great Dane puppy named Singer and a promise to always watch over her. After four years Julie was ready to move on with her life. Two men vie for her attention. Richard, an engineer, was attentive but after a few dates Julie knew she just didn’t feel a romantic connection to him. When he came around Singer would become agitated. Then there was Mike, her deceased husband’s best friend. Singer was always glad to see him. Once he and Julie began to date they both knew the romantic connection was there. However, Richard wasn’t willing to give up that easily. He was determined Julie would love him even if he had to force her. Would Singer, Mike and Julie survive the wrath of Richard? This is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks stories. Of course I have enjoyed almost all of his books. For me Singer stole the show in this book. I loved the idea of Singer being a guardian angel. Mike reminded me of the good ole’ boy, from next door; he was a little bit red neck. But he was kind, gentle and loving. I liked the way he was gentle and careful with Julie’s feelings most of the time; once or twice he reacted rather than acted. Richard was obviously a fruitcake. "The Guardian" is well-written and easy to read and it held my interest. The format of my copy was audio. The reader was Isabel Keating whose voice lent much to the overall effect of the tale. She was careful to bring emotion into her voice at just the right time. Romance, suspense, action and thriller: what more could a reader ask for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. So different from other Sparks books. Couldn't put it down.
Gracie-7 More than 1 year ago
Awesome story. Made me want to go out and get a Great Dane. Seriously, I will recommend this book to everyone that likes Nicholas Sparks. Excellent story line.
fairbank_30 More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It is mystery and romance combined. Really kept me entertained the entire time. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Nicholas Sparks book and I have to say that this was one of the best books I've ever read! It kept you on the edge of your seat. I didn't want to put the book down! I'm onto the next book by this author! Read this book!! You'll love it!
Stefanie Constantinescu More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most amazing books I've EVER read!!! Do youself a favor and buy this book, you won't regret it!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book, often having to shut it to still the wild, panicked beating of my heart. At first, the book was kind of slow, showing the main characters just as average-joe people in a one-horse town. In a town with hardly a thousand people, one person is a seasoned stalker-killer. The plot thickens. I read this book and thought 'Wow!' A year later, the book came back to haunt me when a friend of mine started being stalked. The Guardian is an amazingly life-like situation with a miraculous ending that is worth reading and cherishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other Spark's books, but this one was the best so far. Nobody can resist a good dog story and the is one of the best I have read.
Bshorty More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Sparks does it again! Had me crying in the prologue! Very suspenseful couldn't put it down! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bitter-sweet love story with a sad/happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery and romance are my favorite types of books to read, and The Guardian offered both. The moment I started reading the book I was drawn into it! It was a perfect blend with the secret past of Richard, how strong Julie was, the innocence of Mike, the loalty of singer, as well as other close friends living in the small town that makes the book a whole. I love reading all of sparks books....but this one I was blown away. I never wanted to stop reading it, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. A mixture of sadness, laughter, and mystery. A great read!
READER22CC More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book!! It took me two days at most to read it!! Nicolas Sparks did a good job in pulling you into the book so you wanted to know every little thing that was going to come next. I would totally buy this book for a good read however you will get through it really fast therefore have another book to read after it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was literally very hard for me to put down! In true Spark's fashion, of course the love story is what initially draws you in, but then the suspense comes in and truly captivates your attention. When I was first choosing which book to purchase, I kind of hesitated on this one because admittedly I am by no means a dog lover, but once I became engrossed in this story, you cannot help but fall in love with Singer. This was truly a fantastic story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dragged myself throught it. Skipped many pages the bookwas torture. Dont think i will b reading any more book fromthis author. Not intoit at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first half was kinda boring. It just rambled on and on. I really didn't feel the attraction between mike and julie. I loved singer though. Safe Haven was by far the best book by Sparks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Sparks has done it again. This was not only a romance novel but a thriller as well. I woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat because this book, it was not that I was really scared for myself but I was scared for the characters in the story and I had to find out how it ended. I soon found that it ended with me crying like a good ole Nicholas sparks novel will always make me do.
hermonie731 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Sparks has done it again. This book keeps you wanting for more. The plot was great love story and suspenceful all at the same time. You don't want to put it down. I have read alot of Nicholas Sparks books and this one is just as great as the rest of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it a slow book and would u reccomend it for a teen. I see lots of good n few bad...ill change review wen i read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago