Message in a Bottle

  • by Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by Kathleen Quinlan, Bruce Boxleitner
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A 36-year-old woman recovering from a wrecked marriage stumbles across a half-buried bottle along the shores of Cape Cod. Inside, she finds a love letter from a man to his "darling Catherine" written only 3 weeks earlier. She decides to take a dramatic leap that will change her life forever. As she boards a plane, her future is uncertain, yet brims with the promise of self-discovery and the possibility of finding the deepest kind of love. The author of the runaway best seller The Notebook brings another moving tale of self-discovery and courage.

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moving story and sad ending

Would you listen to Message in a Bottle again? Why?

it was a good story and although I know what happens I think its a great listen


What other book might you compare Message in a Bottle to, and why?

I havnt listend to any others like this


What does Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Boxleitner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

the feeling of the both of them when they meet


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could of if I had time to but unfortunately I don't have time


Any additional comments?

I would listen again as it has a good twist and sad ending

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- karen newmarket

To Love Once Again!

Would you consider the audio edition of Message in a Bottle to be better than the print version?

The audio version gives me a better idea of the character voices, pitch, personalities than the book itself.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Theresa- As she had the courage and determination to go after her dream of a man:)


What about Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Boxleitner ’s performance did you like?

The performances were done well but I must say that Bruce Boxleitner's voice did scare me a few times when he spoke suddenly as his voice is so very deep.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Near to the end where the 'boat scene' was told I teared up and was very sad things had to end that way.


Any additional comments?

I completed reading 'Message In A Bottle' by Nicholas Sparks yesterday and it was amazing.
The story focus around two relationships, one in the past and one in the present.
Theresa (the main character) is stuck in a rut, each day is the same filled with demands at work (she works as a columnist) and not enough time in the day to spend at home with her son Kevin. One day while jogging along the beach Theresa came across a bottle which had a sheet of paper inside, she opened it and the paper revealed the most loving, longing romantic letter she had ever seen written to a Catherine, from Garret. This letter intrigues Theresa and makes her long to see the face behind the lovely words.
Theresa soon publishes the letter anonymously in her column and the whirlwind of a story starts from there.
'Message in a bottle’ is a book no-one could put down, it made me want to know more with each page. The relationship in the storyline develops very quickly but you can feel the longing for each other through the pages. I loved everything about this story as it had me feeling all kinds of emotions throughout, the warmth of love, the sadness of loss and the heartbreak of moving on.
i was apprehensive to read this book at first as i have heard many people dislike Nicholas Sparks books, some the plots, some the writing style. Well i found this perfect! I personally cannot fault it in anyway, i loved the characters and their development, i enjoyed the storyline and i think Sparks approached some difficult topics in a caring and gradual way which is how we do in life.
For all this i recommend this book to all younger and older, everyone will love it. Do not listen to others negative opinions, it is always better when you try things yourself!
I can’t wait to read more of N.Sparks books, i just hope to get some soon.
I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:)

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- sar1386

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-1999
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio