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Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once more. Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all.
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With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels--The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle--have been adapted into major motion pictures.

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This unabridged recording of Sparks's best seller is likely to be popular, but careful listening is required as past and present are interwoven into a seamless story. Showing a slow portrayal of love that endures over the years, the novel involves a couple facing the loss and indignities that Alzheimer's brings to the end of well-lived lives. Noah's love for his wife, Allie, sees him through each day of visiting her in the nursing home. His deep love for her and his desire for her have not diminished over time. He reads to her the story of their love, even though she does not often recognize the main characters. This would be little more than a small love story if Sparks were writing about young love, but instead he is writing about enduring love that struggles to remember all that is good even as a devastating disease threatens the loss of memories, too. Narrator George Guidall does a good job as both young and old Noah. But his portrayal of Allie is just a bit too vapid and wispy for this reviewer‘picturing her less soft, less girlish, a stronger woman with a good deal of mettle. That quibble aside, this will surely be a popular addition to audio collections in all libraries.‘Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis.

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