The Last Song

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Narrator: Scott Sowers , Pepper Binkley
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

From the author of A Walk to Remember comes a moving tale of redemption and first love when a rebellious teenager decides to spend the summer with her estranged father in a North Carolina beach town.Seventeen year old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.
The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts . . . and heal them.

Reviews (13)

Written by Patricia D. on September 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book. a bit more then I thought especially for Nicholas Sparks

Written by Anonymous on July 14th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

super duper duper good!!!!

Last Song

Written by pam drake on March 6th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a great book, I saw the movie which was equally as good. I love this Narrator!! She does such a good job

The Last Song

Written by Anonymous on January 2nd, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am new to this club - and this was my very first book. I absolutely loved it! I am so looking forward to receiving my next CD.

Written by Amanda Locke on December 3rd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book. has a couple tear jerking moments, but such an inspirational story!

Parenting

Written by Emily on June 14th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an excellent book. The author has many lines of advise to help parents. I have used some with my adult children. You will laugh and you will cry and any book that can pull emotions from a reader is the best.

not a fan

Written by Anonymous from Newport, AR on May 10th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Another shallow and very one sided view by Nicholas Sparks.

Vickie

Written by Anonymous on April 8th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of my favorite books. I loved it. N. Sparks is one of my favorite authors. I cried, but loved this story.

Very good

Written by Anonymous on October 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a really good book. The relationship between the main character and her father is very interesting. It really gets intense when her father becomes sick. I was driving around crying my eyes out -- not just sniffing, but sobbing. Very, very effective. I didn't really expect to become so absorbed by this book. I am making up reasons to be in the car.... Highly recommend.

Decent Story

Written by Greg from Sugar Land, TX on October 6th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The story tended to slow down a lot at the end and get very philosophical.

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.