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The Longest Ride

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Written By: Nicholas Sparks

Narrated By: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2013

Duration: 13 hours 13 minutes


In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes 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 bull-riding event, 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.


  • sarah f

    Lovely book! Good/happy tears, and sad tears. I watched the movie after I read the book. The books are always better I find. Narrator did a great job.

  • eportuguesa

    Well it started out so boring and long that I almost decided to forget it but then it got interesting and just took off after that. Very enjoyable ~

  • Sara Jackson

    Such a beautiful duo of love stories! The narrators fit perfectly for the characters and I never wanted the story to end!

  • brandi lohstroh

    I love this book and listening to it makes the time fly by at the gym!!

  • Kathleen Berganski

    Loved the book! I thought the narrator did a good job with the voices. Cried myself to work and back several days while i listened to the book. Found myself sitting in the company parking lot listening to just one more page...

  • Gregory Lapp

    Don't remember ever wiping my eyes as much listening to a book. Loved the story lines as well as the narration! Will read more of Nicolas Sparks when my tear ducts refill. On a scale of 5, I'd vote 10!

  • Gwyn Gephart

    Loved the book. Loved the movie!!! Great storyline.

  • glenice nickel

    The movie was better than the book. I found the book to babble on at thine and the voice Luke did not fit. It was a nice story

  • Heidi Hendrix

    I liked it. It helped pass the time on my 16 hour drive.

  • Corbin Bosch

    Pretty good. Longer then it should have been All around good book