• Title: The Longest Ride
  • Author: Nicholas Sparks
  • ISBN: 9781455520640
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Longest Ride In the tradition of his beloved first novel The Notebook New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and su
    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 materialiIn 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.

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    1. Dear Mr Sparks As I settle into my seat and begin to write On my long haul Emirates international flight I try to avoid all the sideway stares Of passengers curious about my tears I just can't seem to ebb the flowAnd as my embarrassment starts to grow I curse you and 'The Longest Ride' For placing me on this emotional slide Such wonderful characters you bring to life First Ira then Ruth, his adored deceased wife Then Sophia and Luke, a most unlikely pair And a convergence of lives shockingly lai [...]

    2. 4-4.5 starsThe Longest Ride made me remember why I was always such a big Nicholas Sparks fan growing up. I used to read every single one of his books as soon as they were released. Honestly, I picked this book up because the film is due to be released in a week or two and I’m dying to see it (Scott Eastwood as a bull rider… no brainer). I’m glad I did. I very much enjoyed both of these parallel love stories. Ira and Ruth’s story starts in the 30’s/40’s. It’s a time of war. Ira is a [...]

    3. I don’t recall ever associating the quality of being ‘‘humane’’ to a book before, but here I am doing just that for ‘‘The Longest Ride.’’The word came to my mind as I was reading the long and eloquent descriptions of many different emotions the characters are feeling in this powerful story. It didn’t only feel as if the writer humanly described those emotions; it felt as if the book itself felt compassion for its ‘‘actors.’’But feel free to raise an eyebrow, because t [...]

    4. 2.5 starsI can see why some people favour this book while the others don’t. I, for that matter, happen to fall into the third category – enjoyed the story but wasn’t entirely impressed by it. It was just an okay kind of story for me; sweet enough to leave you aching but doesn’t make you sugar-rushed, which is a tad disappointing to be honest. But then again, I don’t really know what to expect from Sparks’s books anymore. The last book of his I read was Safe Haven and that was only be [...]

    5. Update: 7/11/13Holy SHIT! Kindle Preorder price is $11.04?Nicholas Sparks I love you but dang.You are already rich.I mean really.It's a digital bookUnless it reads the book to me I do not like this price New Nicholas Sparks Book in September!!! I am so excited!!

    6. I just finished this not too long ago and of course, like all of Nicholas Sparks' books - I loved it. I really enjoyed both love stories and the way in which each were told, how one showed a lifetime of love and the other the beginning of love. It did feel like two completely different stories and I had no idea how their stories would intertwine although I had my predictions but loved how they eventually came together. It's such a beautiful story <3(First read in September 2013)(Second read i [...]

    7. The Longest Ride is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a very long time and has earned every one if not more of the five stars I awarded it. It is the love story of two very different couples in North Carolina whose lives seemingly have nothing in common with one another.First, we have Ira and Ruth. The book starts right out with Ira who is 91 years old and has been in a car accident. He lost control of his car on a curve and has gone down a steep embankment and hit a tree and the we [...]

    8. 4 STARS The truth is that when I saw the trailer of The Wildest Ride I was super excited to read it!! And now that I finally read it, I'm even more excited to see the movie!!I really enjoyed this amazing story!! Nicholas Sparks is a very famous author!I have seen many of his books that have become movies but never before I have read a book of him!Two different storiestwo couples who are separated by years The one story is for Ira an old man, who had an accident,and he is recalling and retelling [...]

    9. Mr. Sparks, I love to cosy up at home and read your romantic and inspiring novels from time to time, but this book was indeed an incredibly LONG and BORING ride. A complete disappointment. The two story lines were trivial and uncoordinated. I do acknowledge that Ira's eternal love for Ruth was indeed worth admiration, however it seemed too similar to the Pearl Harbor movie or any other of the WWII love stories. It was nevertheless a million times more interesting than the whole story line of Luk [...]

    10. This book wasn't quite what I had expected, it started out feeling very much like The Notebook but it didn't live up to that standard. Overall I enjoyed this book, not my favourite Nicholas Sparks book, but then again, not the worst!I found it a bit slow at times and I didn't find that Luke and Sophia had great chemistry in comparison to other Sparks couples. I really like all of the characters as individuals, Luke was a dreamy cowboy who was a bit rough around the edges and Sophia was a very re [...]

    11. Enjoyed this way more thanThe ChoiceHaving this image in my head didn't hurt eitherREAD THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS OVER ON OUR BLOG:SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR

    12. I'm sorry but this has to be one of the stupidest books I've read. Yes, I've already mentioned in past reviews that I'm not really a fan of Sparks' work. So why do I continue to read them, you ask? Well, it's simple: I'm cheap. My town's library is tiny and has a miniscule selection of audiobooks--except for Nicholas Sparks' books, apparently. Checking out audiobooks from the library=$0. Well, why would I even listen to an audiobook if I can read a book from a much larger selection? That, too, i [...]

    13. I’ve had a long reading relationship with Nicholas Sparks, and the best way I can describe it is unpredictable. Going into his each of his books, I never doubt he has a good story to tell. However, that story is not always for me. It unusually ends in one of two ways… I either hate it or love it. My most recent experiences have fallen a bit short, so going into The Longest Ride it’s no surprise that I was skeptical. With the movie being right around the corner, and the trailers seeming to [...]

    14. 4.5 A Journey Full of Life StarsI’ve never rated a Nicholas Sparks book low, but I don’t really pick up his books unless it’s going to be a movie. So, yes, I am one of those, I have to read the book prior to the movie.The Lonest Ride has all the elements I’m looking for in a cowboy theme book. I’m from Texas, so I take my cowboys seriously. I’m listening to the audio version and I will be honest. If you have to do it any way, listen to the audio version, it’s fabulous. The voice ac [...]

    15. It’s no secret I am a fan of the novels of Nicholas Sparks. His characters and the way he writes suck me into the story every time. I like that he writes about true and lasting love. I wondered how different it might be this time, as this was the first time I had seen the movie before reading the book. Would that spoil it a little for me? No, I enjoyed the movie. But I adored the book. The story concerns two sets of characters, the Jewish couple Ira Levinson and his wife Ruth, who had a passio [...]

    16. At one point I would have given this book 5 stars based on the love story and the depth of the relationships. However, the resolution is a story that has been circulating the internet for years, and I felt cheated! I felt like this wonderful love story was no longer "original". Yes, it was a nice way to neatly tie the two storylines together and have a "tear inducing" ending (if you didn't already know the ending!), but Sparks basically lifted this ending from an email short story! Why would a t [...]

    17. I don't readily admit to the fact that I have read all of Nicholas Sparks books. I don't know what I would answer if someone ask me "why". It's just a path I got started on and now it seems a shame to stop it. They are entertaining and well wriitten for the most part, although I have been frustrated at times for his habit of "killing off" his key characters.But that doesn't happen here, at least not unexpectedly, and things end well, albeit a little far fetched. Two stories are told concurrently [...]

    18. Este hombre siempre me destroza el corazón.Pero juro que nunca nadie hará historias de amor como las suyas.La de Ira y Ruth es única.

    19. Dos historias de amor que se cruzan de la manera mas sorprendente.Este libro esta narrado en dos líneas de tiempo, una por un hombre de noventa años que se encuentra accidentado en una carretera nevada aislada y otra por una estudiante de arte y un cowboy.La lectura de este libro fue muy pesada. A pesar de que las historias me parecían aburridas, la de Ira es bonita. No conecté con la historia de amor de Luke y Sophia.

    20. ‘After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.’ I feel terrible for giving this book a low rating, especially since Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favorite authors since several years; I mean I binge read A Bend in the Road, The Guardian and The Lucky One in a span of a few days in my study holidays in 2011! But this book… was a really long, tedious ride. The first two-third of this was mind-numbingly dull. The two couples in questi [...]

    21. Opening Line: “I sometimes think to myself that I’m the last of my kind.”Well I’ve gotta give this 5 stars because Nicholas Sparks did it to me again with another unforgettable romance. I just can’t help myself when it comes to his stuff. By now I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I’m not going to be guaranteed a HEA, which may actually be part of the attraction, it sure adds to the suspense factor as I never know who he’s going to kill off and I’ve thrown more than one [...]

    22. • “Si de verdad existe un lugar llamado Cielo, nos volveremos a encontrar, ya que no hay Cielo sin ti”. • El viaje más largo es una novela dulce que incluye elementos de la memorable El cuaderno de Noah y se centra en dos historias de amor –una que tuvo lugar en el pasado (Ruth y Ira) y otra en el presente (Sophia y Luke)–, quizás con el propósito de destacar la importancia del amor en todas sus formas y en todo espacio temporal y de enseñarnos que el amor requiere de sacrificios [...]

    23. 3.5 stars. I cant say that this book became my new favorite Nicholas Sparks novel because it was not. I must say, it was a nice story, and I think Sparks tried a different way of providing us of a good story. For me it was a good book, I will not say it was great because I have to be honest it was not. There were more books from this author that was better than this one. Am a disappointed? Maybe a little. I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks, that whenever a new book was coming out, I get so excite [...]

    24. I have read books by Nicholas Sparks before, I have even loved books by Nicholas Sparks before but this one IT WAS THE LONGEST RIDE INDEED To me this just felt like Nicholas Sparks had this two not-yet-great ideas about two completely different love stories and he was like "You know what, Im just going to put this two together in a book and then find a way to make them connect, yup, that will work." But, gosh to me, it didn't work.This one didn't even make me feel anything, it was boring, I cou [...]

    25. I don't like audio books, and was surprised how long this was. I'm not a Sparks fan either but quickly downloaded this (highly rated ??) one as we went out the door on a 10 hour road trip. Seeing my Grandkids was awesome, and my husband is a saint for listening with me, and driving in the worst rainstorm I've ever been in. Luckily we had several great football games to listen to on the return trip and even though my team lost, football was much preferred. 2 stars

    26. 2.5 starsAfter the third NS attempt and the only one I have actually managed to finish (with a little skimming here and there, I admit), I declare myself at a total loss. Why the huge amount of hype around this author?

    27. I’m a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and his novels, I’ve read every single book of his and truly treasured them, and so I was very excited about his latest release The Longest Ride.91 year old Ira is trying to stay conscious after his car crashes, and whilst struggling to remain conscious he sees an image of his beloved late wife Ruth, who urges him to hang on and recounts their story and life together. Meanwhile, college student Sophia meets cowboy Luke she is thrown into a world far removed [...]

    28. I just finished the movie a moment ago,and yes,it told me I should grab a book and read it.Oh ! What I've wanted to say.I love every bit of this longest ride.Personal note: โอ๊ยยย รักมาก คือเป๊ะ คือสุดยอด เนื้อเรื่องไม่ได้เลิศเลอ ไม่ได้โดดเด่น แต่เรารักในความธรรมดาของมันนี่แหละ หลงใหลพ [...]

    29. *****Update 12/22/15*****Finally watched the film version on HBO. Ok movie, but leaps and bounds better than the book. PlusScott Eastwood. So stinking' cute. **********************************I guess I have finally reached the conclusion that Nicholas Sparks is just not for me. I filter through the reviews and I'm just astounded that so many people loved this book so much. Maybe it really is just me. I loved the Notebook when I first read it. It was short (like, really short) and it was sweet a [...]

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