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Dear John Audiobook

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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:
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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.”


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


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

Listener Reviews

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Carrington Blencowe | 1/14/2014

    " The ending was hard... "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is the author of over a dozen novels. In 1994, at the age of twenty-eight, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, Three Weeks with My Brother, True Believer, and At First Sight. All were domestic and international bestsellers and were translated into more than forty languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million—with another $100 million in DVD sales—making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

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.