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The Longest Ride

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  25,019 ratings  ·  3,508 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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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...more
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...more
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!!

Jessica Ellen
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
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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
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...more
Christina M
Mar 22, 2013 Christina M marked it as to-read
This is going to be a movie in 2015!
Nonostante i numerosi pareri contrastanti che avvolgono il nome di questo autore, io quando ho voglia di sognare, ebbene sì leggo Sparks.
Lui mi fa sognare, mi stacca dalla realtà, mi trasporta e cosa c’è di più bello che lasciarsi cullare da un libro??? Nulla direi.
Certo per molti può sembrare mieloso, sdolcinato ma sinceramente a me da molte emozioni. E chi se ne frega se le sue storie possono sembrare sempre quasi tutte uguali….coma,.risvegli, incidenti,…ma poi finis...more

woohoo!!!another Nicholas Sparks Novel.

and the best thing about it:

it will be out on the 24th of September..2 days before my 20th birthday.

perfect birthday present ever!!!

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...more
Gina Valdez
How can you not love a Nicholas Sparks book? His male characters are strong, masculine and, of course, handsome. His female characters are strong, sensitive and beautiful. But this is a 2 for 1 story. The love story of Luke and Sophia and a second one of Ira and Ruth. The Longest Ride has Luke, the cowboy and Sophia the art major from New Jersey. Their paths cross one evening when Luke responds to the "damsel in distress call". Their story twists and turns before intersecting with Ira and Ruth's...more
Wow! Apparently I fall into the LOVED IT category, & I wasn't sure that I would until the tidy little package was bundled together at the end. Which can make for some frustrating reading, especially if you think you know where this is headed, & then you see you've read 97% of the book & STILL not had your ah-ha moment. But Sparks came through in the end, literally. I enjoyed reading the two love stories from an age-old perspective & that of a new love, and I definitely rode the a...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
Heena Rathore P.
I absolutely fell in love with this book since I issued it. Right from the cover of the book to the last page, it will keep you engrossed. It really didn’t let me sleep peacefully as the entire time I was concerned about what’s going to happen to Ira.

The letters that Ira wrote for Ruth were so emotional that despite my efforts of controlling my emotions, but I gave in when I read the last letter that Sophia reads out to him. The way its written will surely make you feel the undying love that Ira...more
I’m in two minds about this book. On the one hand it is a beautifully thought out tale of love across the ages and through all trials and tribulations, but on the other hand there were times when I was tempted to stop reading. If it weren’t for the intense and meaningful ending I’d be tempted to give The Longest Ride a negative review. The characters are full and interesting and the plot is well thought out and thought-invoking, but there are some aspects of the writing that limited the overall...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
The Longest Ride tells us not one but two love stories. One is that of a time-tested love of Ira and Ruth and the other is that of a newly blooming story of Luke and Sophia. Luke and Sophia’s paths cross when Luke helps her out of a spot. We find out that they are polar opposites of each other – Sophia a college student pursuing Art & History, while Luke is a recovering bull rider. As they fall for each other, Sophia realises that Luke is the one person who has the hold over her to change ev...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Another timeless classic by Nicholas Sparks! Come along on a journey of not one, but two heart-warming love stories. In The Longest Ride, enjoy the beautifully recounted story of Ira and Ruth as Ira remembers the wonderfully long life he shared with the love of his life. Become completely swept away by the chemistry and attraction between Luke, a bull rider, and Sophia, an art major at Wake Forest University, as they begin a new and sometimes difficult relationship. And discover how two seemingl...more
I never write reviews but decided to after reading this book. I was truly amazed at the underlying meaning I found in this book. In this day and age, it is so hard to see love that withstands it all. To merge two relationships from two different generations in one novel was extremely profound. And it teaches this generation important fundamentals of a relationship that society tends to scoff at with its "me first" attitude. Sophia and Luke learned this lesson in the novel and they are your typic...more
Não seria um livro de Nicholas Sparks se não tivesse tragédia e mesmo já tendo uma certa bagagem "Sparkiana", os desenvolvimentos que ocorreram a meio do livro conseguiram surpreender-me, principalmente o modo como o autor cruzou as duas histórias.

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Antonello Fiore
Another heart-warming story by Nicholas Sparks. Ira, an elderly man, was involved in a car accident and is reflecting on the love of his life, Ruth.
The story also includes a young couple, Luke and Sophia falling for one another. It is incredible where their journey would end up. The ending is truly touching and in Ira's words, makes you understand.
I LOVED!!!! this book from start to finish. Nicholas Sparks has done it again. With each book that he writes, he never fails at having the ability to tug at your heartstrings. This book is going to go down as one of my favorite books by him. If you're a Nicholas Sparks fan like me, I highly recommend this book. 5 stars all the way!!!
Another heartfelt novel by Nicholas Sparks that I enjoyed! While favoring Ira and Ruth's love story over Luke and Sophia's and wondering mid-book how they would ever intertwine, they came together nicely in the end. If you are a fan of this author's work, you won't be disappointed.
I want to first say that Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author. With that being said, I loved this book. My life has taken me to hell and back this year. This book helped me to realize why it was all worth it to me. Thank you Nicholas Sparks!!!
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...more
This is the story of two couples. One is a widower who had been long married to the girl of his dreams, who died 9 years before. The second is a college senior who falls in love with a professional bull rider, which is a pretty unlikely match. The description of the 91 year old man and the woman he loved is well done. The relationship between the young couple is a typical sweet, romantic one. Although, I found the developing story of the parallel romances interesting, I felt that it should have...more
Ashley Cox
Wow. I'm almost speechless at how this book left me feleing at the end. This novel concerns the love stories of two different couples that seem to have no relation to each other. Of course, Sparks owuldn't have put them together if there wasn't going to be something to relate them to each other at some point. And, like always, Sparks more than tugs at your heartstrings and hits you in the face with the surprise that is both heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time.

For the majority of t...more
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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.

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