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4.32581395348837 out of 54.32581395348837 out of 54.32581395348837 out of 54.32581395348837 out of 54.32581395348837 out of 5 4.33 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594832802
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Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died—a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Surprising…Hair-raising…Thanks to the spiced-up suspenseful new recipe, readers will be in for a little heat.”

    Denver Post

  • “Fans everywhere are familiar with Nicholas Sparks’ poignant emotionally driven novels. In his latest read, he changes his focus: Though there is a primary love story, the secondary plot involves romantic obsession, mystery, and irrational jealousy…With the sinister subplot providing the background for Mike and Julie’s romance, Sparks’ latest is proof that he’s just as proficient writing suspenseful fiction as he is writing classic tearjerkers.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

  • “Combines elements of romance with those of a thriller…Sparks fans clamor for his brand of love story, and, with the added punch of suspense, this one will be another bestseller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Combines an involving love story with the creepiness of an unpredictable thriller…Builds steadily to an edge-of-your-seat conclusion that is well worth the wait.”

    Booklist

  • “Isabel Keating’s soft voice and reading style give you a sense of Julie’s vulnerability…Sparks’ many fans should listen with pleasure.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/11/2014

    " This is the first book I've read by Nicholas Sparks. I've seen a couple of his movie adaptations. I liked the plot, but disliked the narrative voice. Getting inside the head of each character was kind of annoying at times. I also thought the writing was kind of dumbed down for the masses. However, it was still entertaining and I guess that's really all I was looking for. So I really shouldn't complain... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Bard | 2/6/2014

    " If you are a dog lover, you need to read this book. It is amazing what a relationship with an animal can do for your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 2/5/2014

    " Nicholas sparks never disappoints "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book. I really enjoyed reading Nicholas Sparks. A very good murder mystery and romance novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/21/2014

    " The book started out a little slow, but quickly sucked me in. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2014

    " Pretty much all Nicholas Sparks books follow the same pattern, thought I love them anyway. This one was actually unlike most of the others, and had more of a thriller aspect to it, which made it much more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jervin | 1/11/2014

    " Rating Clarification: 2.5/5 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn Murray | 1/5/2014

    " Really like the easy-going writing style of Nicholas Sparks. His stories unfold with real characters and believable events that hook the reader into a deceptively simple tale that is intriguingly layered and emotionally charged. It is easy to see why many have been made into blockbuster films. I am looking forward to reading more of his works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roda Tacadena | 12/28/2013

    " Broke my heart that Singer died... I didn't realize that I was sulking and crying for good ol' 30 minutes til I noticed my husband making fun of me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Van Heuklon | 12/25/2013

    " Love hoe he can grab and hold onto your emotions and it keeps you wanting to know what's next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/18/2013

    " Love, love, love!!!! Read it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madelynn | 12/16/2013

    " So good! I'm a fan of Sparks' books already but this one is one of his best! Suspenseful and creepy. "

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

    " This is my fav Sparks book to date. A love story mixed with suspense! Great book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/28/2013

    " Ugh. Could not put it down and I threw the book across the room when I finished. UGH! I hate you Nicholas Sparks "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg Myers | 11/25/2013

    " One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books ever! A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kanika | 11/19/2013

    " Wonderful book, will keep you glued if you like chilling horror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 11/4/2013

    " This was both a thriller and a love story. It was sweet and scary and sad-as a lot of his books go-but this one was more suspenseful. The characters (there were many) were intriguing-specifically one whom I won't name. heeheehee you'll just have to read it and find out ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamaryn James | 10/1/2013

    " Took awhile to get to the suspense, but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 6/2/2013

    " Really bad and slow first half. The second half was so much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Findley | 4/19/2013

    " Made me want a great dane :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Siems | 4/12/2013

    " Probably one of my favorite of his.... Of course nothing close to The Notebook. Still loved the story which was a little different.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taryn | 3/28/2013

    " This book took me completely by surprise. Nothing like the other books I've read by Nicholas Sparks. I love the way the story was told. It started out as a typical love story then turned suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Vanhorn | 3/20/2013

    " Excellent read.....suspenseful..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sequoia | 9/8/2012

    " It was his usual writing but it almost bore me to death. The only reason it has two stars instead of one is because it was a relatively good page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baili Henagin | 8/20/2012

    " My favorite book of all time!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Bernier | 7/25/2012

    " I think this was one of the sweetest books ever! Filled with romance, suspense and tears. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/12/2012

    " This was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Gabrinao | 6/4/2012

    " This book gave me the creeps. Yet I just can't put it down. My mind was hurrying to know more, to solve the unknown. Still, I fell in love with Mike and Julie. And the not-so-doggish dog, Singer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Atienza | 1/3/2012

    " Made me cry. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 11/30/2011

    " This definitely has to be one of my favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. I loved how it didn't just show a romantic relationship but it also emphasized the relationship between the her and the dog. Absolutely loved it! Although the ending broke my heart to bits "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 5/22/2011

    " A little different than the average Sparks' book...while he still rips out your heart, there's an element of suspense and mild thriller...good book...one of my favorite Sparks' books. "

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

    " Super sad and disappointed when the dog dies but good book. "

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

    " Not what I expected from Sparks. Its a love story AND a thriller. And I mean on the edge of your seat, super nervous, what the heck is going to happen kinda thriller. I'm happily surprised but don't expect to read a mushy gooshy love fluff novel. Still recommend it. "

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

    " my favorite sparks book to date. "

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

    " Finished this book about a month ago and loved every second of it! There was a bit of suspense throughout the whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Its a thriller before a romance despite with Nicholas Sparks thinks.

    I was scared!

    Laughed at the beginning when Julie opens the present and can't believe someone got her an ugly puppy lol. "

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

    " Great, suspenseful read. I liked it because it wasn't too sappy like most of Sparks' other books. I don't think I would have made it through if it had been that way. "

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

    " The book, itself, was full of suspense and anticipation. The characters were well formed, although the cliche of the two main characters getting together was a given, this book kept me interested throughout. A good suspense novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/26/2011

    " Absolutely wonderful!!!! A must read! So suspenseful and very well written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sudeshna | 4/26/2011

    " Not very scary...I think he should have concentrated either on the romance or the thriller...trying to do both didn't really work out. "

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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

Isabel Keating has earned three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actress, she garnered a Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and a Tony nomination for her critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway performance as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz. She was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in 2000 for her portrayal of Flora Crewe in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.