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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579,120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: Barry Bostwick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594833168
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Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story—it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again.

At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph and may even have the power to create a miracle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A one-night read…Sparks generates authentic emotional power…If you are in need of a good cry, The Notebook is absolutely the right book.”

    USA Today

  • “Proves that good things come in small packages…A classic story of love found, lost, and regained…Sparks has a winning combination of style and story…A classic tale of love.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Nicholas Sparks…will not let you go. His novel shines.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Intriguing. This is a more romantic testament to love’s enduring miracle than Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County.”

    Library Journal

  • “Destined, positively, for success.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Notebook is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature, this book establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tee Bear | 2/19/2014

    " This is maybe the ONE time I would say: just go see the movie instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/12/2014

    " I loved the movie so thought I would check out the book. I found it to be a quick and easy read and I enjoyed it. The movie is far more enjoyable though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Tech | 2/11/2014

    " I wanted to read this after seeing the movie - just to see if any details were left out. I'm really glad that I did because there was more explanation behind certain events and relationships that aren't fully elaborated on in the movie. If you have time to read this, you should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 VEE KUE-VEU | 2/10/2014

    " beautiful, better than the movie. A true love story! "

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

    " Best love story of all times!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Clark | 1/29/2014

    " this book made me fall in love with the author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckenzie Faught | 1/26/2014

    " I loveee anything by him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emilee Blankenship | 1/21/2014

    " It's predictable. It's worth a read. It's not all it's cracked up to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alanna Vinyard | 1/13/2014

    " I guess it's because I've seen the movie so many times, the book just didn't do it for me... :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/12/2014

    " I LOVE ...LOVE....LOVE THIS BOOK ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scarlett Pierson | 1/2/2014

    " The only book that's so much better as a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/20/2013

    " Liked movie a lot more. The last chapter was a little drawn out was gritting my teeth to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa Rose | 12/12/2013

    " Not a big romance reader, but glad I read it. Sparks is great at adding small details everywhere in his writing making the simple story richer and feel timeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Fleury | 12/2/2013

    " Love all his books! I've read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy Francisco almeida | 11/27/2013

    " First time I've ever said this: The movie was better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anuradha Pandit | 11/26/2013

    " Nicholas sparks at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Keyser | 8/20/2013

    " This is one case where I actually liked the movie better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ritesh Kumar Sethia | 6/27/2013

    " Simply fantastic! I love love stories when they are filled with passion and togetherness :-)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haylee | 5/6/2013

    " The best love story of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 4/5/2013

    " Occasionally you find a gem of a love story and this is one of those books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ritz | 2/27/2013

    " Personally, I don't see what all the hype is about. To be honest, I preferred A Walk To Remember, maybe it's because I'm still a teenager and I found I could relate to AWTR better than this, I'm not sure. But I don't think I would read The Notebook again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/26/2013

    " Oh, I hate a sad book. What do you expect from Nicholas Sparks, though, huh? Beautiful book, but oh so very sad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda L | 12/3/2012

    " I read this book a long time ago ... probably when it was published in 1988. I just picked a year. This was the beginning of my reading Nicholas Sparks books ... what a trip it has been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle Kaye | 9/9/2012

    " It was romantic and good I love Nicholas Sparks he rights the best books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hector Torres | 8/16/2012

    " A nice story, showing the test of true love towards the end of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raveena | 8/8/2012

    " The book was nice but again i liked the movie better in this case because you could see the passion in the movie which was not described much in detail (thankfully) in the book. THen the book would have just been awkward and repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice Roberts | 6/9/2012

    " I finished this book in one night, it was my "hook" to reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 10/30/2011

    " Book differs from movie, a great story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/24/2011

    " I loved LOVED this book. I think every man should have to read this book. I just loved every minute of reading it. Sparks really does show you that you can't just put love on a shelf. You have to keep the magic going. "

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

    " Wonderful summer read with a delightful twist. Unlike other Sparks' books, there is not heart-wrenching twist, but a thoroughly delightful, totally unexpected turn. Delightful!!! And I understand there is an element of truth involved...such a wonderfully satisfying read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 5/22/2011

    " I have to admit that I found this novel a real disappointment. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because I loved The Notebook so much, but I just couldn't wait for the novel to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/19/2011

    " Shocking ending BUT as far as I'm concerned this book shouldn't exist because the movie ending should have been the book ending "

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

    " Hard not to love every book Nicholas Sparks writes! "

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

    " more beautiful than the notebook(for me) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 5/14/2011

    " probably the best book Ive ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trista | 5/11/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was an easy fun read but also compelling because it was real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jhen | 5/9/2011

    " This is just so amazing. I did not expect that the ending will be liked that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/8/2011

    " Bored through the whole book til the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 5/8/2011

    " I loved this sequel to "The Notebook" very sentimental and sappy at times. Though I think you must have read
    The Notebook to fully appreciate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 5/7/2011

    " One of the worst books I ever read, I hated it "

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

    " If you enjoyed the Notebook then this is a must-read. Although it is not as romantic as the Notebook, the main character, Wilson, leaves you wishing for a dedicated husband like himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audreyb | 5/5/2011

    " This is my favorite book by him "

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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

Barry Bostwick has appeared in movies, television, and in musical theater. He played Brad Majors in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and on television he appeared in the comedy Spin City with Michael J. Fox. In 1972 he received a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway musical Grease. He then won a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the musical The Robber Bridegroom. Bostwick continues to work in television.