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Do you remember your school days, when you were first learning to write fiction? An omniscient, third-person narrator explained all your characters' thoughts, vices, virtues and motivations? But eventually you learned that it was better to let them speak for themselves through their own words and actions? Evidently the author missed that lesson.
But I'm not convinced that it would have done much good. The characters are flat, ridiculous caricatures. One moment, the protagonist is sensitive to his ladyfriend's mood, not probing into something that he senses - without words - she does not want to discuss. A moment later, he presses her on a question that she explicitly told him she did not want to talk about. And when the two have their first intimate moment together, our protagonist predictably progresses from doubt to clairty. It's not that this progression is unexpected or unrealistic - love has its mysteries - it's that the author presents it clumsily and without insight. The moment has no inner light.
The reader attempts to inflect his voice to represent the characters and the mood of their words; unfortunately, it is a maudlin effort that magnifies the author's lack of talent.
Despite these shortcomings, I listened to the end, which is why I gave it two stars.
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Would you listen to The Lucky One again? Why?
Yes, over and over because it was another Nicholas Sparks good one. I have never read or listen to a bad book by Nicolas Sparks.
What did you like best about this story?
Nothing in particular, just the entire story.
Any additional comments?
I have never read a Nicholas Sparks I have not liked.
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