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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (73,227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781607886181
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When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her...a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans know what to expect from Nicholas Sparks: a compelling love story centered on two appealing individuals. In Safe Haven…Sparks expertly amps up the suspense, turning what has been a pleasant romance into a riveting ‘read all night’ page-turner.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “Narrator Rebecca Lowman captures the essence of Sparks’ novel and creates numerous voices and dialects for his characters, including the smooth Southern drawl of Katie’s mysterious neighbor and sisterly confidant Jo, as well as the New England accent of Katie’s estranged husband Kevin.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Kerr | 2/16/2014

    " A fast read. Just what you would expect from this author. Nothing amazing...but a good read nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Fields | 2/15/2014

    " It's been awhile since I read a book cover to cover in a day but this book is so well written that its almost impossible to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 2/15/2014

    " Definitely a page-turner! A compelling plot that gave life and meaning to the characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soccer.10 | 2/13/2014

    " Best book ever. U have 2 read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/10/2014

    " The book was very good. A typical Nicholas Sparks book, which is fine, it is why we read them. I won't give the book away but I was reading to get to the end because you knew something was going to happen, I just wanted to know what it was and what was going to happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lenore Riegel | 1/24/2014

    " Didn't do it for me. Go rent Sleeping with the Enemy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Sanderson | 1/23/2014

    " I thought this book would be better then it was. the story was nice, but it didn't really grab me. the story dragged on and i found myself predicting the whole book. there were no surprises, but overall it was OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 1/11/2014

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK....i'm sure i will hate the movie! A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Hill | 1/3/2014

    " Super quick read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsi Bowman | 12/4/2013

    " This is an emotional book that you cannot put down. I read it in one day at the lake and would definitely recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 11/28/2013

    " Loved this book so detailed and a fantastic story, reminded me of someone I know. Much better than the movie by far! But the movie was fantastic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kisty | 11/18/2013

    " I just saw the movie... liked it and wanted to read the book. The book was very different from the movie. I actually enjoyed the movie better! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madzni | 9/25/2013

    " started really slow but built up beautifully and ended with a surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Hobart | 9/23/2013

    " Loved it! Couldn't put it down. The book kept you guessing what was going to happen next right to the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Bloomsburgh | 8/8/2013

    " I was not prepared for this story line at all. I found myself not wanting to put the book down because I wanted the suspense to be over. So that was both good and bad. Not the best book to read before sleeping! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliena Barlian | 7/26/2013

    " its so amazinggg! i cried when i read this book, especially the last part when i katie read the letter from carly. its so emotional.. well im looking forward for nicholas sparks booka..any suggest what should i read next? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 7/24/2013

    " Loved the book, movie was good but nothing like the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niharika Singh | 7/14/2013

    " nice. I liked it.. :) Movie is not good.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gibafy | 3/28/2013

    " Great story. While it is set in modern day, has a real old time feel to it. Unexpected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shae | 10/21/2012

    " Ok this book is by far my favorite book that Nicholas Sparks has written. It was like a romance thriller. It was sweet and romantic, yet nail biting at the same time. Five stars to Safe Haven "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 7/14/2012

    " I loved this book! This is a book that I could read again...and again... :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/29/2012

    " Definitely one of my favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. It's very well written. It's also very emotional. I couldn't put this book down, and I'm dying to see the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/18/2012

    " This author loves to write about folks living in small towns in North Carolina and this book starts in that same setting. A romance set around a violent ending that elevated my heartbeats. I enjoyed having something different from the typical boy meets girl romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/17/2012

    " As good as Nicholas Sparks books are. A cute romantic read. A surprise twist at the end which I enjoyed. Now I can go rent the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesa | 2/21/2012

    " The main character had a very believable fear of her ex. Sweet about her next door neighbor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckayla | 12/19/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. It is constantly keeping you wondering what will happen next and it is almost impossible to put down. Way better than the movie, too! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aia Micah | 11/16/2011

    " Not your ordinary "cheesssy" sparks book. Awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Taylor | 8/9/2011

    " This one is by far one of his best works so much suspense I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Biers | 8/8/2011

    " Not what I would expect from Nicholas Sparks, but it is equally wonderful to read. "

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

    " I enjoyed the way this book describes how we sometimes run away from other places and we can find our little "safe haven" in unexpected places.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/23/2011

    " It is an easy read and quick read. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deana | 5/20/2011

    " This was a good story, pretty clean which is always nice.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 5/20/2011

    " good not great...expecting a little more from the guy who wrote the notebook...still entertaining/interesting enough....a little after school special-ish "

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

    " I think I'm over my Nicholas Sparks demand of needing to read his books. I found this book predicable and the characters a little bland. I believe a break is needed. "

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

    " Favorite Nicholas Sparks book yet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 5/19/2011

    " This was a very entertaining read, and was less of a love story than most of Nicholas's Sparks novels- it was actually more of a thriller! If you have read The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, it runs along the same vain. Perfect beach or plane read :). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/18/2011

    " What's not to like about a Nicolas Sparks book. I will say that I was pleased with the ending. Too many times he kills off my favorite character and I end up in a puddle of tears. Enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 5/18/2011

    " Opened up not like a normal Sparks novel but did get back into his usual groove. I felt the ending could have had a lot more added and didn't like the way it finished but still a good read. "

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

    " Katie is new to the town and slowly begins to fall in love with a local with 2 kids. Her history is spellbinding, and sad. Will Kevin find Katie/Erin or can she live a normal life?

    I love Nicholas Sparks and he proved once again his talent!
    "

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

    " I love it! It made me think of what many women suffer on a daily basis and how unfair it is. I cried when I found out Katie's secret. I will most certainly be reading this book again and again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JD | 5/17/2011

    " Fun read. Predictable at times but well written and an interesting story. Worth the read. "

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

    " I was worried that Nicholas Sparks books were getting too boring since they all seem to follow the same formula but this one kept my attention and made me feel like I did way back when I read The Notebook for the first time. MUCH BETTER than The Last Song! "

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

    " I loved it. Suspenseful and classic love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/16/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It had a slightly different feel from other Sparks novels I have read, which I really liked! "

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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

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.