One Day

  • by David Nicholls
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?


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Funny and moving story of friendship

There is a view that women like romance and men like jokes. Here you get both. The comedy lures you in and the romance hits you with a great emotional wallop.

This story follows the trajectories of Emma’s and Dexter’s lives, checking in on their intersecting lives once a year, every July 15, from 1988 through 2007. I laughed out loud, and it made me call up old friends. I loved everything about this audiobook, the narration is very well done and I didn't want it to end.

The romance, though, is handled in a bloke-friendly way. There is no sentiment, no gushing, nothing Mills & Boon-ish. Actions are left to speak for themselves and the emotions, quite realistically, are a bit of a tangled mess.

A lot depends on how you feel about the two main characters. I loved them, and I am sure you will to. Highly recommended.
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- Phillip "phillipallen"

Unappealing people in an unappealing story

The theme of this story could be that there is no justice and what happens to us is not a consequence of how good or ill we live our lives. Emma and Dexter meet at university and then for the next 20 years while they are best friends, do not manage to forge the romantic link we are meant to hope they will make. Dexter is shallow, pretty and a drunk. Emma is wet though principled and alternatively feisty and wimpy. Why would Emma yearn so for Dexter when he is so shallow? Dexter just floats along taking the advantages life throws in front of the attractive.
It's an easy read and no one in my book club shared my annoyance at this book, but if I'm going to read about people I want to read about characters I can identify with, love or hate. Not people that drift along. The writing is competant and the sense of time and place realistic, but ultimately why would anyone care about reading this book? Well, they are making it into a film so perhaps i am wrong...
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- Marcie "Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks