The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks #Audiobook Review

Author: Nicholas Sparks
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At 91 years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus 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 rodeo, 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.

Source: Purchased
This is my honest review
Audiobook Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrators: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
Length: 13hrs and 12 min
Rating: 5 Stars - Excellent

I hadn’t planned on reading The Longest Ride. Usually, Nicholas Sparks’ books are a hit or miss for me, but when I saw the movie trailer, my interest was piqued. The summary already explains a lot about what is going on, so I will quickly give you a break down of my thoughts.

Nicholas Sparks absolutely surprised me with The Longest Ride! This just might be my favorite of his books! There are two love stories being told, and I was drawn to both stories. In the present, there is Sophia meeting Luke. They are the younger couple just at the beginning of their relationship. Sophia gets quickly pulled into Luke’s life as a bull rider. In a parallel storyline, Ira is reminiscing about his past. He thinks about the life he lead with his beloved wife, Ruth. I must say that I was drawn into Ira and Ruth’s story a little more. They had such a beautiful love story.

These two couples don’t know each other, yet their lives will connect in an extraordinary way! I actually got chills when I reached that moment. Nicholas Sparks did a great job at pulling me into their lives. This story serves as a heartfelt reminder that love is timeless and enduring. At any point in our lives we can impact the lives of others in a huge way.

I listened to the audiobook, which I found quite engaging! Ron McLarty did the voices for Ira and Ruth, and January LaVoy narrated the parts for Luke and Sophia. The storyline keeps jumping from past to present, so it was nice to have the contrast in voices for the two couples. They both did a wonderful job! I know their narration deeply touched my reading experience of this story in positive way.

Now that I’ve read the book, I’m even more excited for the movie!


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The Longest Ride Movie Trailer
(from YouTube)

The Longest Ride movie releases in the US on April 10, 2015. I can't wait to see this movie! The movie trailer seems to focus more on Luke and Sophia, but I know there is so much more than the hot cowboy in the story. I really do hope for a good adaptation of the book.

Are you a Nicholas Sparks fan?
Do you plan on reading The Longest Ride and/or seeing the movie?

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