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The Wish

Written by: Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by: Mela Lee,Will Collyer
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.

The year 1996 was the one that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at 16 to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind...until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town - and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life. 

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him. 

As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier - and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.

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What the critics say

"Sparks has definitely mastered the art of love.” (Associated Press)

“Sparks is a poet...a master.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Nicholas Sparks is one of the best-known writers in America and overseas for good reason: He has written stories that reveal the yearning for our most prized possession: love.”—Mobile Register 

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Love Prevails…

A compelling story of love, whether you are young or old, healthy or not…love prevails. An amazing story. Thank you Nicholas Sparks.

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The story started off slow but once you start learning about the characters it gets better. The ending is worth the slow read. Very unexpected ending!

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Couldn't finish it

A nice story but I got so distracted and irritated by the 2 readers and their constant fake giggles in almost every line. I had to give up and switch books.

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Amazing Story

I really enjoyed the book. it will make you laugh and cry. I would highly recommend this book!!

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Great listen

What a great and heartfelt story. Narrated beautifully.
Loved loved the twist at the end. I rewound it three times to listen to the wow moment. Totally recommend.

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The Wish

It was slow to start but a great story. I love Nicholas sparks books. Thank you

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Priceless

I have enjoyed several of Nicholas Sparks’ books but this has to be the best.

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A good read

I knew what I was getting into, a Sparks story is always one where you get put through the emotional ringer.
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One of the best!

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to this year.
It has a great storyline and the performances are incredible!

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Beautiful story

Loved this book and was sad when it ended. Beautifully written and it made me cry.

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  • 2021-10-03

The narrator is awful awful awful

Ugh. I am so disappointed. I love Nicholas sparks and have read all his books as they’ve come out so naturally I preordered this one. I tried you guys, I really tried. But the narrator of this Novel uses a constant whispery, mysterious voice through every sentence that sounds like she’s trying to be an audio porn star. I couldn’t finish listening and Audible won’t return credit on this one. A credit down the drain as now I’ll need to buy the actual book to read it in the way Sparks would have intended. I really cannot honestly rate this story so this review is only for the performance.

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  • Heather N Tryon
  • 2021-10-05

Don't bother

I'm a lover of Nicholas Sparks books and have read just about all of them. I even pre-ordered this one to read as soon as it came out That being said, this one missed the mark by a long shot. There were no surprises with this book. No tears, because you see where it is going all along. I was so hoping to find something that turned or wasn't laid out from the beginning, but it just stayed the course of blah.

Now the narratation. It was painful. Their voices are great and I enjoyed the present day delivery. However the director must have asked the "teenage" readings to have a subtle laugh while delivering the lines every other paragraph to make them seem younger. It's so displaced and done endlessly. Endlessly! Once you notice it, good luck suffering through. Totally distracting, unnecessary, and takes you out of the book immediately.

Disappointing.

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  • HolliGreen
  • 2021-10-02

tearjerker!

I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, and even though I read this book through audible the first few chapters were really hard to get into but I stuck through it and cried the rest of the way through. Brilliant storyline and I can't wait for it to be made into a movie.

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  • Cindy
  • 2021-09-29

Best story

This is the best story I have read in a long time. Narrator was also excellent.

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  • Linda
  • 2021-09-30

Love

This was the most riveting and beautiful experience. I could not stop listening. Bravo! Must read!

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  • Lois
  • 2021-09-29

Another heart tugger

Loved it. took me 2 days and I was done. Enjoyed the progression of the story. Nicolas did another great job in capturing my attention and turning on the water works. Thank you

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  • Karon L. Johnston
  • 2021-10-09

Tugs at the heart

This was a fantastic book. Tear jerker for sure, but a lovely heartwarming story. Definitely can say it’s one of my favorites. I hope it’s made into a movie. It would be amazing!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-10-09

SO ADDICTIVE

I loved everything from the story to the narrator's! So addictive and I can honestly say it is the best book I have read this year!

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  • Mmmiyuki
  • 2021-10-08

Absolutely lovely!

A touching story with superb characters. I couldn't stop listening. A+ from beginning to end!

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  • Caren Brewster
  • 2021-10-08

Warm story

His stories always pull me in… love the writing. One of my favorites…
I enjoyed the readers and Mark’s voice sounded like Zac Efron. So nice to listen a Nicholas Sparks story.

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