Wednesday, November 25, 2009

DEAR JOHN AUDIO BOOK: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
DEAR JOHN

AUDIO BOOK
BY NICHOLAS SPARKS

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. 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. 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), At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), and The Lucky One (2008). All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 40 languages. His newest book, The Last Song will be made into a movie starring Miley Cyrus, in theaters in 2010.

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 version of Nights in Rodanthe was released in the fall of 2008 and starred Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Forthcoming movie adaptations of Nicholas Sparks' books include Dear John, The Lucky One and The Last Song.

Nichols Sparks 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.

He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

MOVIE PREVIEW:
DEAR JOHN is being released as a movie just in time for Valentine's Day, February 5, 2010. Here is the official trailer if you'd like to see it.
AN AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
THREE COPIES OF THIS ROMANTIC
AUDIO BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.



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59 comments:

Vicki said...

I would love to read The Notebook. It's one of my favorite movies but I've never read the book.

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Vicki said...

I posted this giveaway on my sidebar HERE

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Tynga said...

I haven't read any of his books yet, but I LOVED The Notebook movie ^^
I got The Notebook and Dear John on my TBR pile, and I won an audio copy of The Last Song I am anxiously waiting to receive!

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Tynga said...

I am a follower!
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Bethie said...

I have read The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and The Last Song. I would love to win this.

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Bethie said...

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Wanda said...

I've read all of Nicholas Sparks' books and my favourite was "The Notebook".
I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth (BBRB) said...

I read A Walk to Remember.

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

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rubynreba said...

I haven't read any of the books but I'd like to read The Notebook.
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rubynreba said...

I follow on Google Friend.
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fredamans said...

I won The last song, but have yet to read it. It's coming up soon.

I would still like to enter for this also.

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g.g. said...

I've read The Notebook but would love this for my 100 mile drive back and forth 3 times each week!

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g.g. said...

I follow with email subscription and gcf

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Jolynn said...

I'd really like to read the Last Song.
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Debbie said...

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I have read just about all Nicholas Sparks' books including Message In A Bottle, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk To Remember, The Wedding...etc.

Linda K said...

I read The Notebook.

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Linda K said...

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Barb said...

I have not read any of his books, but after reviewing all of them I would like to read "Wokini". It sounds very different from all of his other books and is based on a Lakota narrative.

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Barb said...

I follow on Google Connect Friend.


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Barb said...

I tweeted about this giveaway:
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Glenn said...

I've read older books like The Notebok and Message In a Bottle, but not the more recent releases. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

haven't read him yet, but love audio books,give the eyes a rest,,thx for contest..
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Denny, Alaska said...

I would very much like to read "The Notebook," as this giveaway title looks to be very interesting.

Thanks for entering me!

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Rebecca Graham said...

I read The Notebook and saw the movie.

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Jeana said...

I have read The Rescue and enjoyed it!

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Benita said...

I read The Notebook. It was great!

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Benita said...

I follow via google friend connect.

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LifeLongLearner said...

I love "The Notebook". My father-in-love is giving care to his wife with the final stages of alzheimer's disease. It connects at a deeply level emotionally for me.

Esme said...

I read three weeks with my brother.

thanks

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Renee G said...

I don't think I've read any of his books yet.
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LoveMy2Dogs said...

I have read The Guardian and Message In A Bottle, which are both super books.

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janetfaye said...

I read The Notebook.

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melydia said...

I've never read any Sparks, but I'd like to read The Notebook, which I hear is very good.

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Lee P said...

I am embarrassed to say that I've never read anything by Nicholas Sparks, although I've certainly heard of him. Besides Dear John, I would love to read A Bend In The Road. Thank you for this nice giveaway and please count me in.

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dsandyboy said...

I'd love to read The Notebook.

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Sherry Salach said...

I haven't read one of his books but I would like to, I think his new one The Last Song sounds very good.

Please enter me!

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FrankSandy said...

I've never read his books before, but I'd like to. walkerd@primus.ca

CherylS22 said...

I read "Message In a Bottle"
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lag123 said...

A Walk to Remember was my favorite.

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Nancye said...

I have read The Notebook and A Walk to Remember (Have seen both movies too!) Both with a box of tissue nearby!

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