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3.00003021513174 out of 53.00003021513174 out of 53.00003021513174 out of 53.00003021513174 out of 53.00003021513174 out of 5 3.00 (66,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834042
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Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah’s second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other … soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in—including their love

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nicholas Sparks...will not let you go. His novel shines.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Sparks...gives the reader another novel rooted in tragedy with a redeeming and stunning act of forgiveness. It is a moving tale of love that will stay with you for a long time.”

    Abilene Reporter-News

  • “Sweet, accessible, [and] uplifting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Love and death are constant companions in Sparks’ books and this one is no exception...Once again, Sparks brings a tale of true love to fruition, proving that love stories can be sweet without being cloying.”

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  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lisa | 9/15/2016

    " Great plot twist that I somewhat suspected early on. I loved the narration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon Lunsford | 2/20/2014

    " I give this book 2.5 Stars. It was okay but very predicatble and a little boring. I just didn't get that Sparks spark I usually get. It was still a good story just not anywhere near a Notebook kind of quality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine(; | 2/11/2014

    " a bend in the road was okay. i expected more especially because i read the last song and a walk to remember right before this. maybe thats why. i didn't like it alot. it was a little weird. but it was okay. it ended differently than i thought it would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/2/2014

    " I like this book a lot. Very different from the others I have read from Sparks. Read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 S.A. | 1/28/2014

    " Same old paint my the numbers writing I experienced in the other books I read by Sparks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/27/2014

    " Hardest Sparks book to get through. The ending shocked me but it wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Lynn | 1/24/2014

    " A typical Nicholas Sparks book. Cliche, but a cute read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/21/2014

    " Usually, N.S. is too predictable for my taste. However, he added an interesting hook in this story that I didn't see coming until a few paragraphs before. Well played, Sparks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It's a fast read, I finished it in one day. Even though I guessed the "twist" early on, it was still a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Rice | 12/25/2013

    " Fascinating story keeps you hooked the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dd Penners | 12/20/2013

    " Good book with a twitchy ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 12/15/2013

    " I had to stop reading this one. The "romance" was stale and the breaks with the "killer" weren't as creepy as they were annoying. So, I tossed it aside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saralyn | 12/8/2013

    " I love Nicholas Sparks' books! Even though there is always something sad in every one of is stories, they are just really good for the soul every now and again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey Lucky | 12/7/2013

    " 352 pages of boring.. Don't waste your time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dora | 12/4/2013

    " A quick, lite, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 8/24/2013

    " A little bit of love, mystery, tears, and happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie Spielberger | 6/16/2013

    " My fave from Sparks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P R | 2/4/2013

    " The story telling abilities of Sparks shines in this tale with twists and turns to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Johanne | 11/7/2012

    " I liked the book, but it is not one of the best books Nicholas Sparks had retten. I think it ends to soon, but I have never liked open endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mistletoe | 6/23/2012

    " Big twist towards the end of the book. The culprit who knocked his wife down in the car accident made my jaw drop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 5/22/2012

    " At the time, I really remember liking this a lot. And it's a good book. But then, of course, I start reading all the Nicholas Sparks books only to realize that they are all the same book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Almira | 4/9/2012

    " profound. difficult subject matter but very thoughtful and therefore, enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 3/29/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Sparks back when I read it some years passed. The characters were interesting and heartfelt and the ending had an even spooky sort of ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pukingkay | 2/26/2012

    " picked this book for my book report freshman year. never regretted it once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal | 1/20/2012

    " I didn't think a love story would be my kind of book but this one had plenty of surprise and some great charactors to make it action packed enough for me. A great creative story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie Wisnewski | 1/15/2012

    " Typical Sparks novel, but I love that the main character is a teacher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasmine | 10/31/2011

    " Not my favorite by sparks....thought it was kind of boring and didn't keep my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 8/17/2011

    " Another amazing story by Mr. Sparks. I've passed the novel onto my father to read as the suspenseful storyline sort of parallels the novels he so enjoys by John Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zia | 7/15/2011

    " It was nice, but it wasn't amazing the secret was not that shocking, you can guess it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvette (hooked on the nook) | 5/19/2011

    " This book started out as a real page grabber then fizzled out in the middle. Sparks tried to spin a murder mystery into the story line that haunts the main character who is also juggling a new romance. This just did not mix for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 5/17/2011

    " This book was one of my faves!! Of NS! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " I need to reread this book because I remember thinking it was absolutely incredible on multiple levels the first time I read it.

    I like trying to figure out the relationships and connections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath | 5/6/2011

    " My first Nicholas Sparks....pretty cliche, but a nice beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 5/2/2011

    " My favorite Nicholas Sparks' novel. "A Bend in the Road" and his memoir, "Three Weeks With My Brother" are his best works, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/30/2011

    " Wonderful, but be sure to have a box of tissues close by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2011

    " Great book... Wish this would become a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 4/29/2011

    " I just loved this book and couldn't put it down. It was a tear jerker and it was interesting to watch the romance develop "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dani | 4/27/2011

    " This is the only Nicholas Sparks book I had to force myself to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/26/2011

    " Awesome book!!! I read this book in like 2 days!! The ending is very surprising!! A must-read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 4/23/2011

    " not one of his better books- a little slow moving and very sad. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas Sparks

With over 100 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. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice in February 2016.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.