Title: Dear John
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 9.25 hours
Published in: 2006
Genre: fiction, although the audiobook case says “romance”
Summary (from case):
When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets the girl of his dreams. Savannah Lynn Curtis is attending college in North Carolina, working for Habitat for Humanity, and totally unprepared for the passionate attraction she feels for John Tyree.
The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finishes his tour of duty, and John realizing that he’s ready to settle down with the young woman who has captured his heart.
Neither can foresee that 9/11 is about to change the world and will force John to risk every hope and ream that he’s ever had.
Like so many proud men and women, John must choose between love and country. And like all those left behind, Savannah must decide to wait or move one. How do we choose wisely? How can we face loss–without giving up on love? Now, when he finally returns to North Caroline, John will discover that loving Savannah will force him to make the hardest decision of his life.
My Thoughts: I honestly didn’t think much of this book. I picked it because I thought the movie was okay, so I figured the book would be better–because, 9 times out of 10, it is. But this wasn’t great. I don’t know if it’s something about the movies that makes me feel more emotional about Nicholas Sparks stories. I haven’t read any other Sparks book, so I can’t say that for sure. But of all the movies I’ve seen based on his books–Dear John, The Notebook, Walk to Remember, and Nights in Rodanthe–I’ve rather enjoyed them and cried. But the book just seemed pretty bland. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like in comparison to the movie or anything like that. I just found the story pretty boring, especially after John’s first furlough was over. And the ending was sad, and not in a good way. I know, I’m always saying “Why can’t book endings be more realistic and not always so ‘happily ever after’?” But, when I get one, I just don’t like it 😕
My Thoughts on Audiobook Format: This is the second audiobook I’ve heard from Holter Graham, the other one being Edenborn by Nick Sagan. I enjoyed listening to his voice, but there wasn’t anything particularly amazing about his rendition of the book.