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3.00004782366372 out of 53.00004782366372 out of 53.00004782366372 out of 53.00004782366372 out of 53.00004782366372 out of 5 3.00 (55,621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781600240829
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Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Travis Parker, a small-town veterinarian who’s perfectly content with the active and exciting life he leads. Since he uses his spare time bungee jumping and swimming with the dolphins, he can’t shake the belief that a woman would simply slow him down. That is, until Gabby Holland enters his life.

Gabby, Travis’s new neighbor, is in love with her boyfriend of three years, and wants nothing more than to start planning the wedding she’s always dreamed about. However, there is a story within a story and the connection between Travis and Gabby is just a beginning. As their tale unfolds, their relationship becomes something different—with much higher stakes. With echoes of The Notebook abound, listeners everywhere will fall in love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tender and moving love story and a quick read, Sparks’ latest does not disappoint.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Holter Graham gives a polished performance with his versatile skills and vocal range as he embraces the roles of Travis Parker, local veterinarian, and Gabby Holland, physician's assistant. In Part One, Graham captures the exquisite story of their attraction, love, and marriage with a warmth and rhythm that breathes life into the characters. Ten years later in Part Two, Graham portrays Travis's torment when Gabby falls into a coma after a car accident that is his fault. As Gabby fails to recover, Graham captures Travis's conflict over a decision he must make--a decision based on a promise Gabby extracted from him before her life took its tragic turn. A compelling story. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
  • “Holter Graham gives a polished performance with his versatile skills and vocal range…A compelling story.”

    AudioFile

  • “Sparks is a master at creating beautiful, old-fashioned courtships coupled with bittersweet dilemmas, and this is no exception, as it pulls the reader into the story just as The Notebook did. Once again, Sparks presents a complex and captivating contemporary romance that will satisfy his many fans.”

    Booklist

  • “Reading in a low-key southern accent, Graham excellently interprets this riveting romance, sensitively and responsively adapting his tones to reflect Parker’s struggle to do the right thing. His apt pacing and emotion-laden reading make the protagonist’s deepening angst most palpable. Appropriate music bracketing each disc helps to deepen and enhance the tension. Sparks’ fans will be pleased.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Another masterfully nuanced relationship novel from Nicholas Sparks.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marissa | 2/20/2014

    " cheesy but heartwrenching nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marynelson321 | 2/16/2014

    " What a great choice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes Delacort | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the first half of the book. The second half of the book I bawled my eyes out, and I didn't really like it, it was really depressing. Of course the story ends on a good note, but it lost a star from me because it was so depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie Mccarthy | 2/7/2014

    " This was a beautiful book, the story of their lives, their love, was beautiful. After the accident and I realized what the "Choice" was probably going to be, it got me down, I was still reading, but skimming some - not expecting a happy ending. I was thrilled when he didn't honor her wishes as to what his 'choice' was, and wonderfully surprised at the ending - WOW, IF he HAD honored her wishes!!! Beautiful - thank God that his love for her was so strong that he couldn't bear to honor her wishes, would've been a totally different ending on so many different levels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamal | 2/6/2014

    " Made me cry :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamanna | 2/6/2014

    " In my opinion, this novel was very confusing in the middle and it is more for older adults. In addition, this books plot was very confusing and it did not really have cliff hangers. I found part one not as interesting as part 2. Part one was more of a flashback and then part two was the main story. I would recommend this story for people who love reading romantic stories. The genre is most definitely romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuela Hartmann | 2/3/2014

    " einfach nur ein super tolles buch ich liebe es =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/27/2014

    " Love this book, this is one of my favorites. It is a great love story and it pulls you right in and you will not want to put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gracie Guercio | 1/27/2014

    " Make sure you have your tissues handy because this is definitely a tear jerker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starburst | 1/16/2014

    " Yet another awesome Sparks book... loved how it flashed forward after they get married and how sad it is until Gabby wakes up. I really liked it, andthe writing and story was terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ci | 1/3/2014

    " Love!!!!!!!! <3!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Falon | 12/28/2013

    " I love Nicholas Sparks and his books but the book didn't have an end that was suspected. Loved the story line though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura McKenna | 12/24/2013

    " One if my favorites! I was sobbing like an idiot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayan Scratuglia | 12/17/2013

    " : how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cristina | 12/5/2013

    " Picked this book up because I figured I had to read something by the famous Nicholas Sparks. I went in not thinking I was going to like it and perhaps that marred my judgement, but am sad to say it was sappy, unrealistic fluff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keturah Kemp | 12/5/2013

    " made me tear up a bit, good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 12/4/2013

    " Lovely story, as usual for this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 8/14/2013

    " An amazing book, as any other book of Mr. Sparks "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heiderworld | 6/24/2013

    " Good read. Typical Sparks. Kept you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Ollinger | 6/8/2013

    " Now I remember why I don't read Nicholas Sparks books. I have been crying since halfway through the book! I almost didn't finish it but I am glad i did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sulis Langsing | 6/4/2013

    " novel NS pertama yg membuat saya bernapas lega membaca endingnya. biar deh g masuk di akal namanya juga keajaiban yg penting Travis dan Gabby bisa bersama lagi dan menggurusi molly eh anaknya maksudnya. sempet berkaca-kaca di bag Travis bercerita sama Gabby seolah-olah dia sadar pas di RS, huhuhu "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy Stanford | 5/17/2013

    " Fairly predictable Sparks love story. Addresses current life decisions.Nicholas Sparks "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 12/14/2012

    " It was a very romantic story, very Disney like. Good if you are in the mood to cry and smile all throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 5/30/2012

    " I loved this book...it is the essence of Nicholas Sparks. For anyone who wants to read about an undying love story, this is the perfect book. It is also the epitome of true love. Yet another amazing book from an incredible writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clau | 5/5/2012

    " Realmente, me gusto mucho este libro. Nicholas Sparks es un genio! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyasurin Annu | 1/13/2012

    " I loved it. Wasn't able to let go of it. Amazing. Unbelievable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esigs | 11/7/2011

    " Another great book by Nicholas Sparks. Loved it! What a surprise ending. "

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

    " Why is it that Nicholas Sparks never fail to tug at my heartstrings with his poignant stories of the heart? It's tender and romantic but frustratingly sad at some points. The Notebook remains my top pick but this one is worth my 4 hours. Sniff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/19/2011

    " great book. made me cry like a baby "

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

    " yees i'm reading this book. i love Travis Parker. he is so spontaneous and type of great boyfriend "

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

    " So amazing! One of my favorite Nicholas sparks books! "

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

    " If youre a Nicholas Sparks fan, you'll love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/15/2011

    " This book was really good! I ended up crying at the ending of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Was not expecting some of the things that happned in this book! Crazy good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/12/2011

    " My favorite Nicholas Sparks book because the main female role actually has a well-developed, entertaining personality. Definitely not a work of literary genius, but a fast, sweet, entertaining read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsey | 5/11/2011

    " I really liked this book! Very compelling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/9/2011

    " I thought this book was really good. It was a little slow going at first but then I couldn't put it down. I was not pleased with the ending but then the epilogue made me a lot happier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronda | 5/9/2011

    " This was a good story, but too sad for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/7/2011

    " Had a slow start but once it picked up, it was a total tear-jerker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/6/2011

    " One of the few Nicholas Sparks books that did not piss me off in the end. I love this book. It kept me guessing the whole read. "

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

    " If your a dog lover theres a dog in this book. It is intresting yet a very well writen book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 5/4/2011

    " I liked this book, but didn't find it as captivating as The Notebook or The Wedding. "

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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, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.