The Longest Ride
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 this is a little strange, I ...more
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
(First read in September 2013)
(Second read ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
The story concerns two sets of characters, the Jewish couple Ira Levinson and his wife Ruth, who had a passion ...more
But that doesn't happen here, at least not unexpectedly, and things end well, albeit a little far fetched. Two stories are told ...more
‘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 question, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This one didn't even make me feel anything, it was ...more
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
The Longest Ride gives us 2 different storylines that eventually intersect.
One showing us the beautiful everlasting lifetime love with Ira & Ruth & the other the exciting beginnings of a new & young love with Luke & Sophia. Both beautiful stories that will make you smile & also make you cry. A lot of readers seem to have a favourite couple, they preferred one story over the other but I really enjoyed both, nothing can compare to the beauty & excitement of new ...more
This is basically the story about Luke Collins and Sophia who falls in love. ...more
The story follows Sophia and Luke. Sophia is an art major, living in a sorority house, ...more
Finally watched the film version on HBO. Ok movie, but leaps and bounds better than the book.
Plus...Scott Eastwood. So stinking' cute.
I guess I have finally reached the conclusion that Nicholas Sparks is just not for me. I filter through the goodreads 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 ...more
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the...more