The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
Published: [New York] : Hachette Audio, 2013.
ISBN: 9781478979975
1478979976
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: McLarty, Ron

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brenstuhr
Sep 01, 2015

Wonderful

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DigitalDiva
Aug 21, 2014

Admittedly, the title of the book and the book's cover were unappealing to me, but the book kept showing up on recommended book lists. Since I needed a book for a long weekend trip, I grabbed this audiobook off the shelves and immediately became involved with all the characters. Because I only had a one week check-out, I would listen to the book and forgo everything else. If you're a sucker for romance and some bull riding stories thrown in, you'll enjoy the story of Luke and Sophia. If you've been married a while, then you'll relate to Ira and Ruth. As with most romance novels, the ending has a nice neat bow tied to it. To romance fans, I recommend this book.

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jmdeinken
Feb 17, 2014

Nicholas Sparks does it again--amazing story!! Two love stories spanning generations and a unique situation that causes their paths to cross with amazing results. A little disconnected going between the two couples; however, the ending was remarkable!! 8 of 10 for me.

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kesha1123
Nov 10, 2013

Amaze-balls. Love the interwoven connectedness the novel eventually reaches. I kept trying to anticipate the connection between Ira/Ruth and Luke/Sophia. With that in mind, I did feel the storyline went 50 interactions longer than it needed too in Ira's case. Overall, best Sparks read thus far.

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