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  • Written by: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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A Bend in the Road

Written by: Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
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Publisher's Summary

Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.

Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it is her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon, they are both laughing for the first time in years...and falling in love.

Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret - one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in...and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

©2001 by Nicholas Sparks (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

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Keeps you intrigued...

It starts with tears, keeps you guessing, keeps you interested and praying. I found myself enveloped in this story, not moving, holding my breath and thankful that I was being read to because there were points I wouldn’t have been able to see the words for tears. One of the best stories I’ve read/listened to in a very long time. The narrators voice was very soothing, keeping you interested and able to see the story he is telling. Moving on to more of Nicolas Sparks stories I think...

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Sigh. it was "okay".

I usually like Nicholas Sparks as his books have been a guilty pleasure for me. They aren't literary masterpieces but good comfort reads. So I was shocked to find one that left me feeling so "meh." about it.

It was so very predictable to a point it borders on cliche. Even the end comparison I was thinking "Of course. ugh." and smacking my forehead. I mean, it wasn't a horrible plot but the characters weren't actually likeable and it just was not what I'm used to getting from Sparks.

But what do I know? I can't write a novel and he's made millions. Lol. But I still say that I can't imagine that even Nicholas himself is particularly proud of this one.

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I loved this story!!

This is my third Nicholas Sparks book and I absolutely loved it. I was captured from the moment I started listening to the narrator and wondered where he was leading to. The plot was immaculate and well crafted and kept me guessing throughout. A wonderful and beautiful love story!

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Another great story,

I really loved this book the story came together well,
This is the 3rd book I have listened to since finding the norther by accident can’t wait for the next .Shirley C👍

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  • Troy D. Lowell
  • 2003-06-17

Hard not to feel superior to the characters

This is a book about a man having to come to terms with his beloved wife's death when courting a new sweetheart. The beginning of the book is as charming as Mr. Sparks' other novels, with realistic, interesting characters and settings. The exposition of the romance is slow and very predictable, but it is done with a tenderness and vulnerability that, as much as you've seen it over and over, is hard not to like.

The second part of the novel deals with some conflict and crisis that, without divulging the details, I found very tedious. The conflict was entirely self-created by the main character who acted so closed minded, petty and frankly stupid that it was difficult to find any empathy or even common ground with him. If you have a great deal of trouble with forgiveness of even small silly actions, and if you like to jump to ridiculous conclusions based on minimal facts, then you may find this plot sympatico. I found myself just wanting to shake some minimal sense into him. It was like watching teenagers whose lives need to be full of drama. With middle aged characters, I just felt sorry for them that they hadn't learned any more of life growing up. A Walk to Remember was a vastly better book by this author.

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  • Christina
  • 2003-08-01

I Wanted It To Be Over

As another reviewer stated, the main character's behavior was disturbing in a grown man. I couldn't wait to reach the end of the book because I didn't like this person, and as I suspected, everything turned out fine and dandy for him...no consequences. I thought Sarah should have taken a good look at this man and run in the opposite direction.

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  • John Riggs
  • 2003-04-04

A Bend in the Road

My intent was to listen only while commuting to and from work, a time of about 30 minutes each way. After the first thirty minutes, I was unable to stop listening. This story was so very compelling, filled with love, hate, fear and excitment. Well narrated, although I would have preferred Michael Beck as the narrator.

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  • Connie Cool
  • 2003-09-17

Bend in the Road

This was the first audio book I listened to and I haven't found one that compairs to it. I work out of my car and have now ventured to the realm of audio books. I enjoyed the book and found myself sitting in the garage to listen to it a few minutes more. I highly recomend listening to it if you get a chance.

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  • ddsharper
  • 2006-01-29

A tender Story

I enjoyed this title because the characters were pleasant, the story simple and because it didn't focus on judges, police lawyers and criminal element like many modern novels. This is a good love story. Without spoiling the story, I can say I'd recommend the book as a delightful listen.

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  • Scottie in TX
  • 2006-07-09

Interesting

Hmmm...what to say. I purchased this audio a month before I could actually get thru it. I had a hard time with the beginning. It was a compelling story and I found it eventually interesting. It was a bit slow and predictable. I will probably enjoy it better with a 2nd listen.

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  • Averi lopez
  • 2018-08-20

i love your books. recommendedable.

I love this book and all your books. I even love it more than the movies, because it gives more detail. your amazing keep up the good work. and I hope you never run out of ideas. bless you

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  • Marvin
  • 2017-02-14

Another great book by Nicholas Sparks

I am never let down by the stories from Mr. Sparks. They are always fresh, just sit back and enjoy stories. Thank you.

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  • marsha borden
  • 2018-11-16

loved it

I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I think this book is a great representation of his work.

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  • Joanne Cade
  • 2009-09-27

Enjoyed it

This is one of the first books that I have listened to and thoroughly enjoyed it. Am looking forward to listeneing to more of Nicholas Sparks' books.

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