Friday, October 23, 2009

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (audio)

At my last book club meeting, everyone was discussing The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. They had all read it separately and loved it. I felt very left out so I snapped up the audiobook at the library last week.

Nicholas Sparks writes wonderful novels that really speak to the great love of ordinary people. I enjoyed The Notebook, but I believe that you can really tell that it was his first novel. Every novel I’ve read since then has shown his growth as a writer and it is great to experience that as a reader.

The Choice is the story of two neighbors, Travis and Gabby. They are both animal lovers, but complete opposites in personality. They meet when Gabby tells Travis off for his dog presumably getting her dog pregnant. Sparks fly and the two soon fall in love. Unfortunately, Gabby also has a boyfriend of four years named Kevin. She has to make a choice between the two.

The novel changes in the third act and it completely threw me by surprise. I don’t want to spoil the plot here, but Sparks really puts some heart wrenching, real world issues into the story. It really made me think about life and choices we all must face.

The best part of this novel was the characters. I loved the descriptions of Travis’ friends and sister. They sounded like great people I would love to hang out with.

Overall, this was a great book that I really enjoyed. Luckily I had to do a lot of driving for work this week as I couldn’t stop listening to it! I can’t wait to be in the know at our next book club meeting.

Audiobook Source: The Kewaunee Public Library


  1. I've read all of Sparks' novels, with the exception of the newest one. The Choice is very good. And your review is, too. :)

    One of these days, I'll try an audio book again. The last time we listened to one was during a very long drive, about two years ago.

  2. Great review. So many people love Sparks.

  3. This is the only Nicholas Sparks novel I've read, but I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading some of his others if they're all that good!