The Guardian

  • by Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by Isabel Keating
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?
Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire....


What the Critics Say

"Sparks fans clamor for his brand of love story, and with the added punch of suspense, this one will be another best seller." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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The Guardian is all washed up...

What can one say about a novel in which the main characters are weak and unable to solve any problems? I listened to the whole book just to see if it could get any worse, and unamazingly, it did. There were no heroes in this book, a slight heroine who rides out of the darkness a little late, but only very stupid people who hold inane conversations and unimaginative characters who get seriously injured.

And then Sparks had the nerve to thank everyone in the world for this book, like it was an Academy award.

Don't even waste your time on this one!
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- Pamela M

The Guardian (Unabridged)

This was one of the slowest unfolding stories I have ever read/heard. I took it with me on my errands listening hoping it would pick up tempo, it did not. The characters were portrayed as bland nobodies with little or no ambitions. Day after day blended together before anything got interesting. Once the real story began to unfold it was very predictable. Pass on this one, unless you need sleep.
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- Ed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2003
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio