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The Longest Ride

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Narrated By: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2013

Duration: 13 hours 14 minutes


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.


  • Jamie Turner

    I bought this book because of all of the good reviews and because I have loved every Sparks book I've read up to this point. This book was very boring to me. Just two different couples talking back and forth. One replaying memories and the other getting to know each other. There was nothing that drew me with the feeling of wanting to keep reading to learn more. I had to continue to this to this dreadfully boring book however because I was driving cross country by myself and it was my only audiobook. Bottom line: super boring and a huge disappointment. I grew to really dislike Ira's wife too!

  • Neely Bonar

    A true romance and story that is exciting, funny and full of suspense. It is a must read book...

  • Megan Wittgren

    I enjoyed the narration of this book very much. I love Nicholas Sparks and have read all his books.

  • Mike morgan

    Ron McClarty has to be the best narrator around. He makes every book worth while - I search his name out and buy the book based on him as the narrator. The story was excellent - however i thought the ending was predictable and a little hokey. But I would recommend this book.

  • Anonymous

    This is truly one of Nicholas Sparks's best novels yet. Great, heartwarming story with a completely fulfilling ending. Could not stop reading!

  • Cynthia Lester

    Best book I've read in a long time , thank you ,5stars

  • Angelia McLean

    Excellent story with everything that kept you wanting to return listening. Awesome readers!

  • Marena Urban

    This is a amazing book, the story told is a true love story. I didn't want it to end!

  • David Welch

    Simply perfect! I loved every moment of this wonderful tale of two love stories that come together. If you are in a long term loving relationship them you will enjoy this as well.

  • Marina Frey

    He did it, yet again! Sweet, lovely story. Well worth every minute spent listening. I was sad to part with these characters at the end. The narration was second to none. They really brought this tale to life and pulled you in immediately.