The Longest Ride by Nicholas SparksThe Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride

byNicholas Sparks

Paperback | May 6, 2014

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In the tradition of his beloved first novel,The Notebook, #1New York Timesbestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first.

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.
With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1New York Timesbestsellers, and all of his books, includingThree Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have beenNew York Timesand international bestsellers, and were...
Title:The Longest RideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.25 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from enjoyed one of my favourite from NS novels.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Such a good story. Fans of bull riding will especially enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs up Loved this book, it will be one I read over and over again!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my faves! This one is so cute! I love when there are parallel stories!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute It was just a cute, easy, fun read. Typical Nicholas Sparks
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad ,but good Not one of my favourite NS novels , but it had it's moments.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan I've read some of his other books in the past and loved them but I wasn't a fan of this Nicholas Sparks book. But, that my be my own fault since I did watch the movie before reading this book. I saw the movie in theatres and loved it so decided to buy the book and didn't like it as much. I just found the book boring and hard to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT. I don't think I stopped crying through the book.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a surprising ending didn't wow me with this one.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book I read so far this year i could not put it down. if you want a good book about love, this one will be good for you.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite I have read this book too many times to count. I love it and always will, way better then the movie, although I love the movie too. Highly recommend to anyone!!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I loved this and the movie
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional Sparks know how to write stories and this one does not disappoint. A good read but a bit more complex.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, sad Not his best. But still very good
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Love when you can see both sides of the story
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Read It Again and Again I loved how this book tied in present love with past romance. Two couples (although very different) have the tied in relative fact of being so different to their partner. Overcoming stacked odds against them, whether it be because of war or bull fighting keeps you on the edge of your seat as you cheer for their success. A complex plot, but well worth the read!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!! I read this book several times within a span of a few months and now I ready it yet again, I love this book! It has a little bit of everything, cowboys, horse and love, what more can you ask for in a book.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very easy read I enjoyed this book, however, not as captivating as his other books.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok - not the best Not the best from Nicholas Sparks but a cute read
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh Just a brutally boring story; unrealistic "perfectly imperfect" characters who I gave up on half way through the book.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it! I read this really fast and was sad when it was done. Loved the country aspect for once. Yet another good romance written by sparks.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites read this in a few days and it was so good
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Sparks book I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks and this is my favourite story by far. Cleverly written love story between two eras, it brings the most unlikely of characters from such different backgrounds together. It's not just a rodeo romance as the title may suggest!!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! This is probably one of my favourite books by Nicholas Sparks! If you're like me and you love the occasional romance novel, I highly recommend this one!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Typical Sparks Great book! The movie was almost as good!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!!!! This is one of my favorite Sparks novel. Definitely as must read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my faves This book was amazing, I loved the story line and thought it was very relatable to what many people go through in life. This is by far one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. The story lost my interest a few times because of the somewhat long descriptions and I felt like not much was happening in the story at first to keep my interest. But of course the book had its very good points as well: I loved the characters, Nicholas Sparks makes it easy to fall in love with them and develop emotional attachments to them. He also seems to really get what all-encompassing, passionate true love really is about and it heightens my faith in a way. I'm a hopeless romantic so it fits haha. I also really liked how the story flowed and how it ended, it left me with a smile and a flutter of faith in my heart. Nicholas Sparks has a gift, I believe, for tying in different storylines and characters and interweaving very interesting, emotional occurrences of life.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! I love this book! I found it so heartwarming!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best It was okay book for Nicholas Sparks novel. The characters weren't really relatable and seemed to repeat a familiar formula.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an OK read.. Nothing fabulous, but still a good read!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasnt enough Wasn't enough to keep me interested but I finished the book. A cute love story if your into those kinds of books.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Longest Ride Kind of dull and hard to get into, but a nice story.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is a wonderful book. It's a well written and beautiful story. Nicholas Sparks is a great author and this book is one of his best.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another hit! You can't help but be in a great mood when finishing such a beautiful book as The Longest Ride.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I just finished reading this book, it was my first ever Nicholas Sparks book that I've read. It was a really lovely story and I loved the background couple and their storyline just as much as the main one. I think that the story was a little slower in some places compared to others in almost an unnecessary way. To me, I found some parts of the novel to be almost as if the author was just drawling on. But then again, I did watch the movie before I read the book (I know, terrible mistake!) so maybe I felt that way. Other than that, it was really wonderful and I can definitely see myself reading another Sparks novel in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I was quite surprised with how much I ended up loving this one, as the original premise really didn't appeal to me at all. However, I loved how the story was being told from two different generations, and the ending blew me away, and had me wanting more. Another great novel by Mr. Sparks!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another great story I totally enjoyed reading this novel!! Another great story by Nicholas Sparks!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really enjoyed this, one of my favourite Nicholas Sparks novels!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! could not put this one down! bought it when it first came out- as an avid Sparks fan, and is definitely in my list of rereading!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! I've always been a cowgirl and love reading about the country boy and the bull riding. Even better I have always had a passion for art so this was the perfect book.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! loved this book. a very nice read by nicholas sparks!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Absolutely loved this book!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Book was way better then the movie but that normally is the case! Can't ever seem to put his books down!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page This book is 10x better then the movie, however the movie isn't lacking in anyway. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is an amazing read. The conflict in the novel surely anticipates the reader. 10/10 recommendation for reading.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book was a typical Nicolas Sparks story.. I enjoyed it just like the others. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sweet story, couldn't put the book down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read! Another great book from Nicholas Spark. If you like romance, this is for you :)
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I read it in a couple days. Just couldn't put it down. Book is better than the movie. And I really love the movie.
Date published: 2016-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride I just luved this story! My dad had alhzimers so I could really relate to this story! It was so lovely when he went read to his wife.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride This is a great love story that is filled with possible true life happens. The form used to present the story to readers is different but just enough to keep the reader guessing. Good book for your Mom, your daughters and could even catch Dad.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Longest Ride Loved it didn't want it to end. Nicholas Sparks is a wonderful writer. Luke was the kind of man every women dreams of meeting and every parent wishes for their daughter.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahhh, refreshing Such a great story of two couples in love. Relieved that this one wasn't one of his tearjerkers. I was dreading that once I got into it. Didn't care so much about the back and forth between the two stories, but it came together in the end. The older couple's story got a little strung out at times. I skipped several parts of it, but still a great book.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride Wow the more I got into the story the harder to put the book down Going from one couple to the other he left you hanging about what happened with the other couple then you became involved with the other couple a major part of the story about those two and you switch to the other couple Great read thank you
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I can't always read his books because they almost always make me cry, but this one, while it had it's tearful moments, had a happy ending and was a wonderful read!
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is my new favorite book!! I cannot wait until then movie comes out on dvd. I will definitely be buying it. Such a wonderful love story!
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Luke Loved the parts with luke and sophie. Parts with ira dragged on and got boring. Love how much I can relate to sophie
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitting I love how both love stories come together. A true work of art. The story of old love never growing tired and new love finding its way is heartwarming
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride Did not want to finish the book. It was an excellent read. I just love this author!! I will continue to read every and all his books. The author sure knows how to tie characters together in the end of this story. It was just a great read.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!!! I love everything that Nicholas Sparks writes! I love the movies based on his books too! Keep writing!!!
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book! Its one of those books that you just cant put down. I read it in a week and I love it! I cant wait to see the movie, and I loved a lot more books by this author. He's amazing at what he does :-)
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet book I loved the book. I'm not usually a fan of books told from multiple viewpoints and it annoyed me a bit but I still liked the book at the end
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that I could not put down! Thank god for Spring Break! This is a story that will not let you put it down. I love the way each chapter was broken up. It was like separate stories in one big story. It made me think about family that have all but one pasted away. I watch my grandmother go though life in a similar way after my grandfather past away. I can not wait for movie and I hope they do the story justice.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing He has done it again. Incredible book!!! Nicholas sparks is an incredible writer. I always am so pleased. This was a favorite for sure!
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the Best of Nicholas Sparks! I was first introduced to Nicholas Sparks books after my antique car and I were invited to play small parts in the movie "The Notebook". I read that book and looked for everything he had written by then (2004). I read every book he writes as soon as they go sale. The Longest Ride will remain one of my favorites!
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Little different than Sparks usual story telling way, good story and interesting way to tell the story
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Detail and beautiful It's very entertaining stories. Very easy to understand and to picture the whole story while you reading it. How Nicholas wrote his novel is very beautiful. I can always picture the situation, conditions, beautiful places, and emotions in every stories. Two thumbs for him!
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The longest ride Loved it!!! The ending was worth while and I held on t every word!! A must read!!! Congrats to Mr.Sparks for once again writing the love story of a life time.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend my sister had told me this was her favorite Nicholas Sparks book so I read it. OMG it is sooo good. The spark between Luke and Sophia is incredible but was got me was Ira alone recalling the love had had for his wife. That is what love is about. The twist at the end was fantastic and made me remember how much heart all the Sparks books have.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this. A Sparks favourite! The two stories were both beautiful and different. I never wanted to stop reading. I shed tears and wanted more!
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my Favorites I recently picked this up on my way home from work. The cover caught my eye and the fact that it was Nicholas Sparks helped a bit too. Capturing stories of two couples in two different points in life, intertwined nicely although I found the ending lacking something. Overall, one of my top five picks out of all his books.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I have always loved Nicholas Sparks and was quite excited to read his latest novel. Like his other novels I found this one predictable, and though there were a couple of twists, overall I found the entire book kind of a plateau with no surprises. I started out really liking reading Luke and Sophia's parts, then about halfway into the story I found Ira's parts were getting more interesting. Although it was not the most amazing book I have read it was a nice story about love.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For my daughter I bought this for my daughter for a Christmas present as this is one of her favorite authors. I think she will really enjoy it. Thank you
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! Review: Grand Central Publishing|September 17, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4555-2065-7 Ninety-one-year-old, Ira Levinson found himself in big trouble. His car has gone off the road in a snowstorm and down a steep embankment. Already frail and in poor health he is completely isolated and all alone. Will someone see his car down the embankment and rescue him, or will he suffer from his injuries and the cold and succumb to his death? As Ira fights with himself to stay conscious, a blurred image appears beside him – his dead wife, Ruth who has passed away nine years ago. Ruth talks to Ira about the life they lived together to keep him focused, alert, and thinking to prevent him from lapsing into unconsciousness. Ira has a difficult time at first believing that Ruth is really there with him but finally reconciles it in his mind and accepts it. Ira and Ruth talked back and forth about the good times and the bad times in their marriage. Ira has been deeply, deeply in love with his beloved Ruth and missed her more than words could ever express. College student, Sophia Danko is at a western dance with her friend and roommate, Marcia. Not feeling up to dancing and not knowing how to line dance, Sophia goes outside into the fresh night air. Within a few minutes her drunk ex-boyfriend, Brian strolled up and began to hassle her. When he grabbed her by the wrist he was hurting her. Just then a strikingly handsome cowboy named, Luke came to her aid. Within seconds he had, Brian lying down, face first in the dirt with his boot on the back of his neck. After finishing with Brian, Luke and Sophia strike up a conversation and it doesn’t take long for them to begin dating. Luke ends up showing Sophie a whole new word that she has never seen before – that of rodeo’s and farming. As they get to know each other they horseback ride, attend rodeo’s together where Sophie watches Luke bull ride. They are falling more and more in love. Sophie begins to ponder what a permanent future would be like with Luke – that is, if the secret he is keeping doesn’t totally destroy their relationship first. Soon, the lives of Luke and Sophie and Ira and Ruth will come together in the most unexpected way. I loved The Longest Ride. The plot was great, the characters well fleshed out and the ending totally blew me away. I didn’t see that coming at all. Nicholas Sparks has written another winner, a book to be enjoyed by all.
Date published: 2013-11-11