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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (184,087 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781594837951
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Dear John is one of the saddest and most romantic books you will likely ever encounter. Perfectly written, this love story will break your heart.

Set in North Carolina and taking place over seven years, the story is about a mature and soon to be college student, Savannah, that meets a young Army soldier, John Tyree, home on leave. Just a few days after meeting, they fall madly in love with one another. The romance develops over the most romantic summer of their lives. Their relationship grows and confidence blossoms. He confides in her about his autistic father and she helps John understand him. Being raised solely by his father, he longs for a connection and affection.

Separated for what seems like an eternity, seeing each other only a few days at a time, they write each other love letters detailing their profound love for one another over the course of seven long years. Unfortunately, 9/11 transpires and John decides to re-enlist. While he is gone she falls in love with another man, and decides to tell him in a letter which begins with the infamous salutation, Dear John. When he reads the letter, his heart breaks and so will yours.

Written by renowned writer, Nicholas Sparks in 2006, this beautiful and touching love story will keep you captivated until the end. As many readers will testify, Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers.

Out of all of Sparks' novels, 8 have been made into film. Born and raised in North Carolina, he says that "The love story is one of the oldest and most explored genres in literature." The world couldn't agree with him more.

An angry rebel, John drops out of school and enlists in the army, not knowing what else to do with his life—until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. “Dear John,” the letter read … and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever.

Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For Sparks, weighty matters of the day remain set pieces, furniture upon which to hang timeless tales of chaste longing and harsh fate.”

    Washington Post

  • “Sparks’ novel brims with longing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Holter Graham provides what sounds like effortless narration in the uncommon love story of twenty-three-year-old rebel John Tyree, army enlistee, and Southern belle Savannah Lynn Curtis...Graham’s depiction of Savannah...is compelling. Graham captures the theme of mutual attraction and conflicting values with subtle vocal nuances, strong pacing, and controlled timing. His deft narration carries the story to a surprising conclusion that listeners won’t want to miss.”

    AudioFile

  • “Sparks, a perennially popular novelist...lives up to his reputation with his latest novel, a tribute to courageous and self-sacrificing soldiers.”

    Booklist

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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cherie | 2/16/2014

    " I hate u Nick Sparks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Murphy | 2/14/2014

    " I first read this book my freshman year in high school and even though it is a slightly unlikey story and the wording in most of the book is awkward, I liked how it ended. I had never read a book like it, so it wasn't that predictable or over-used. I guess what I really liked was that, in the end, they don't actually end up together. This was pretty sad, especially how the epilogue played out. But, I was pleased with how it ended, simply because it wasn't something you'd expect to see in a typical romance novel. It left you feeling sad, but hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caity | 1/19/2014

    " All I can say is that my heart was broken several times over while reading this book. Soo sad!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrington Blencowe | 1/14/2014

    " The ending was hard... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dian Kartika Sari | 1/14/2014

    " Ceritanya bagus. Filmnya juga seruu :') "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie Kunze | 1/11/2014

    " Meh. I was a little bored, honestly. It was a quick read, but the story was slow. (A lot of filler pages with not much going on.) It had the usual Nicholas Sparks heartfelt moments, but not enough to emotionally rope me in as is typical with his books. Take it or leave it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 11/23/2013

    " Typical Nicholas Sparks, but still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Herle | 11/12/2013

    " A fast read that has insights into autism and loves gained and never lost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 9/29/2013

    " it was okaaay "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Affiqah Farhana | 9/19/2013

    " much better than the movie. At least Savannah doesn't seem like a bitch in the story. But oh poor John, to think he had to sacrificed the coins, haihhh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahmed Salah | 9/1/2013

    " Heartbreaking.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 4/20/2013

    " Absolutely adore it! I like how it was so realistic for being a romance novel. It's like he got down to the whole "this is what loves all about" thing. I liked that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna O'Brian | 4/19/2013

    " This is a quality love story, and the ending, while sad, made the book even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica Granlund | 3/5/2013

    " This one is definitely one of my favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayna | 7/20/2012

    " Definitely teared up while reading the scenes with his dad.. Yep, so I cried. I rarely do that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 4/15/2012

    " i absolutely loved this book. i have read it twice. it was an amazing love story that sucks you in and makes you want it to be real. i also like that sparks took to the tragic love atory ending rather than happy ever after in thia book. it is truly fitting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keisha | 1/25/2012

    " this is quite different from the movie, and to be honest, i actually liked the movie better. its a typical sparks book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/29/2011

    " Overall a pretty good read - Sparks writing skills should be commended - never gets too corny which is what I look for in a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 11/5/2011

    " This book is sooooo good! It's also extremely sad, though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 6/20/2011

    " Savannah pisses me off "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucky7sarah | 5/24/2011

    " It was ok. I have mixed feelings about it, because I thought at first it was a little too cheesy, but then as it got sadder, I was wishing for the cheesiness back. All in all, it's a good read, but not a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 5/24/2011

    " dear john is written by Nicholas sparks and is 13 AR pionts the genre of this book is romance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 5/23/2011

    " Read in one sitting. All in a few hours. Couldn't stop crying. I don't know why someone would write such a tear jerking book from the beginning and all the way through it. Or maybe its just me. Very cathartic though. So even though I spent the day bawling my eyes out I very much enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanesha | 5/23/2011

    " It wasn't a perfect five because John wasn't supposed to let Savannah go. I was pissed at the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carli | 5/20/2011

    " DId not enjoy the book. Did not enjoy the movie. I don't know what happened? It is very hard to get in to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie | 5/20/2011

    " Just got this book from the library today, LOVE IT!! I'm around page 50, and its great so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indah | 5/19/2011

    " this is so romantic ? i have read this one. and i know that i fall in love with john :) Nicholas Sparks is amazing author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/19/2011

    " So fantastic. The movie was horrible though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casi | 5/18/2011

    " Very good book. Make sure that when you sit to read it that you bring a box of tissues with! "

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

    " My fav book by him :) love them all!! Good, easy reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 5/17/2011

    " I love Nicholas Sparks, I just wish it ended differently... "

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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

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.