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Three Weeks with My Brother
By Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
Read by Henry Leyva

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Three Weeks with My Brother
By Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
Read by Henry Leyva
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2004)
An Unabridged Audio Recording on 6 Cassettes
ISBN: 1-58621-642-2
Genre: Memoir

Reviewed by Angela Evans - April 15, 2004

Nicholas Sparks is best known as a bestselling writer of fiction. In Three Weeks with My Brother, Sparks departs from his normal fair to write an intensely personal account of a journey around-the-world that he took with his brother Micah. Together the two men, both in their late thirties, enjoyed many adventures and grew closer together. Co-written with Micah, Three Weeks with My Brother not only chronicles their compelling journey, but also recounts their childhood adventures and trials.

In the course of retelling their story, the Sparks brothers also provide an enlightening monologue about the places that they visited on their journey, such as Machu Picchu, and the people that they met along the way. Three Weeks with My Brother is a poignant and personal story, and Sparks offers his readers an unprecedented glimpse into his personal life, including insights into his relationship with his wife and five children, and the overall dynamics of his family - when he was a child through the present. He includes stories about his interactions with his brother, the difficulties they have faced throughout their lives, and he explores how their trip together has brought them closer together - both emotionally and familiarly. He also talks candidly about his writing, the forces that encourage him to write and the difficulties that he sometimes has when writing - and how he overcomes them.

The journey that the brothers embarked upon lasted for three weeks and took them to a host of exotic locals including Mayan ruins, Easter Island, Ayers Rock in Australia, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Taj Mahal, Lalibela, Ethiopia, and Malta, among other intriguing locations.

Although a joint project of the Sparks brothers, Nicholas' voice comes through most strongly, yet it is also obvious that Micah contributed greatly to the book. This audio edition of Three Weeks with My Brother includes an introduction read by Nicholas, and the remainder of the text is read by Henry Leyva. A seasoned book reader and actor, Leyva has read / performed numerous audiobooks. His reading of Three Weeks with My Brother is moving and his reading brings the emotional impact of this story to the fore. This unforgettable memoir will touch your heart, and your spirt, and will make you look at Sparks writings, and your own life, with a fresh perspective.

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