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The Longest Ride

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  63,707 ratings  ·  7,267 reviews
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, s ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 23rd 2012)
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Danielle I loved Ira's story more then Luke and Sophia's! Such a sweet story
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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 flow
And 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 l
4-4.5 stars

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The 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 91 year old
Goodreads asked me what I thought about this book. I think I have finally understood what Ira meant, too.
The plot turns around two different stories. "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."

When I firs
Nur Ain Z.
2.5 stars

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

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
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤

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 stories
two couples who are separated by years..


The one story is for Ira an old man, who had an accident,and he is recalling and retellin
Jamie-leigh Haughn
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
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 be app ...more
Olga Shvets
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
Jacqueline's Reads
4.5 A Journey Full of Life Stars

I’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 actors were PERF
Dale Harcombe
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 passion
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 ...more
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 of his books acros
Carito García
• “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.

Por un lado, te
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
romance enthusiast
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
2.5 stars

After 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?
Megan Readinginthesunshine
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 from
Apr 02, 2015 Carla rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
remind me never to do that again.
Dilushani Jayalath
This would definitely go in my favourites of nicholas sparks. I'm not a big fan of Sparks at all. Like now it just have become way too cliché. Dying, saving a kid or an ex, it's always the usual. For some reason I liked this one though. Maybe I watched the movie before hand and then read it. For me personally this was my favourite Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation. I think I like it more than A Walk to Remember even.
This is basically the story about Luke Collins and Sophia who falls in love. Whi
Jun 28, 2015 P.Z. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 : โอยยย รักมาก คือเปะ คือสุดยอด เนือเรืองไมไดเลิศเลอ ไมไดโดดเดน แตเรารักในความธรรมดาของมันนีแหละ หลงใหลพระนางเรืองนีมาก ชวงนีคือชอบเพลง country เปนพิเศษ (โดยเฉพาะ Brantley Gilbert) มาดูเรืองนี ฟิน ฟิน ฟินมากกกกกกกกกกกกก

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Christy (TheReaderBee)
I did not intend to write a review for this book, but one paragraph turned into five, and I had a full review on my hands. So I figured, why not post it???

I am not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I find his books to be either hit or miss for me. There have been a few that I have really enjoyed, and a few that I have not enjoyed so much, much like the last book that I read of his. However, I found The Longest Ride to be a very enjoyable read, and I will have to admit, it’s definitely one of the more
Zemira Warner
If I`m being completely honest, I picked this book because I saw Scott Eastwood`s going to be play Luke.

I remember hating on The Best of Me just because the ending was horrible. I`d rather see these two books switch their endings. They would be so much better that way. It doesn`t seem fair TLR gets a higher rating than TBoM when in the end, I did enjoy TBoM more(despite giving it only 1 star-I`m probably going to change the rating soon), so I`m not going to rate The Longest Ride. It did start o
I did my life backwards when it comes to reading. When I was in my teens I read a ton of adult fiction. I read Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult and just about only adult fiction. When I turned 19 I started reading YA and now that I'm in my 20s I've grown to love YA and it's almost entirely what I read. So that being said, I haven't read a Nicholas Sparks book since I was young. I forgot how cute and sweet they were and to be honest I forgot how much I liked them. I've read almost all of them and I ...more
I do not even know where to start. This was one of the best romance books I have ever read. It is definitely one of my new all-time favorite Nicholas Sparks books. I was drawn into the book as soon as I started it, though at first it was hard to understand why we were being told two love stories, but I was captivated and wanted to keep reading, but afraid it would end. I think the reason I loved it so much was because it was in the end, just two love stories, two simple and amazing love stories, ...more
Dee ♡
This book was amazing. I was really surprised I'd love it as much as I did! Luke and Sophia were such a great, cute couple and Ira and Ruth were flawless (:

For full review, check out my blog! (:
Eleni Ouzouni
One of the best stories of Nicholas Sparks!
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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the N
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