Nights in Rodanthe

Version: Unabridged
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Narrator: JoBeth Williams
Genres: Romance, Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
Published In: August 2008
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

Adrienne Willis is 45 and has been divorced for three years, abandoned by her husband for a younger woman. The trials of raising her teenage children and caring for her sick father have worn her down, but at the request of a friend and in hopes of respite, she's gone to the coastal village of Rodanthe in North Carolina to tend the local inn for the weekend. With a major storm brewing, the time away doesn't look promising...until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At 54, Paul is a successful surgeon, but in the previous six months his life has unraveled into something he doesn't recognize. Estranged from his son and recently divorced, he's sold his practice and his home and has journeyed to this isolated town in hopes of closing a painful chapter in his past. Adrienne and Paul come together as the storm brews over Rodanthe, but what begins between them over the weekend will resonate throughout the rest of their lives, intertwining past and future, love and loss. COMING SOON AS A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

Reviews (5)

Very Good

Written by Darla Sherrier from Farmington, NY on February 22nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really liked this story, kept me wanting to come back to it. Made me a little sad at the end I wish it ended differently but that is what made the story so good.

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Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on August 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I just don't think I'm a big Sparks fan. For what this is, it's good, it's just not my cup of tea. If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks I'm pretty sure you will enjoy this.

Nights in Rodanthe

Written by monical on May 4th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found this to be predictable, corny and unbelievable.

Nights in Rodanthe

Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on December 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

How romantic. I Loved this story. I was not disappointed by Mr Sparks again. Keep 'em coming.

Nights in Rodanthe

Written by Anonymous on October 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I'm a huge Nicholas Sparks fan and I read the book several years ago and then listened to this audio book. When I first read the book, I got hung up on the practicality of 2 people falling in love in a ridiculously short time, and really disliked the story line. When I listened to the audio book, I just listened to the underlying longing and feelings that the characters experienced and found that I enjoyed the story much more.

Author Details

Author Details

Sparks, Nicholas

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965, the second son of Patrick Michael (1942-1996) and Jill Emma Marie (Thoene) Sparks (1942-1989). His siblings are Michael Earl Sparks (b. Dec. 1964), and Danielle Sparks (b. Dec. 1966, d. June, 2000). As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn't published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005) all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million -- with another $100 million in DVD sales -- making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

His ancestry is German, Czech, English, and Irish, he's 5'10" and weighs 180 lbs. He is an avid athlete who runs daily, lifts weights regularly, and competes in Tae Kwon Do. He attends church regularly and reads approximately 125 books a year. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually.