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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55,619 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:
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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

  • 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]
  • “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…A compelling story.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”

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

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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

Listener Opinions

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

    " cheesy but heartwrenching nonetheless. "

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

    " What a great choice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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