One Day

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

Publisher's Summary

It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives—lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
Over 20 years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

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What the Critics Say

"[An] instant classic....One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you’ll ever encounter." (People)
“Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable." (Nick Hornby)
"[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own.... [A] light but surprisingly deep romance...thoroughly satisfying." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Great book, bad ending

Story:
Great book, great idea, great premise, however...the ending was what killed it for me.
For the sake of not wanting to ruin the book I will just say that after spending hours and hours with characters that I really liked and cared about, I felt so emotionally unfulfilled and empty. It sort of left me feeling- 'what?! this can't be it. Seriously! It really can't be it!'

Despite the bad ending, the journey was extremely pleasant and I feel that putting this into the romance category is not doing the book its justice since it implies it's a light read- in reality it is anything but. The romance plot, although always looming in the background, is very secondary.
The story is mainly about stages of life that one goes through and how the perspective of life changes over the course of 20 years. Some passages actually made me pause and reflect upon since they were remarkably profound. I will for sure try to read more books by Nicholls.


Narration:
I suspect that a great deal of the book's appeal comes from Ms. Bentinck's narration. She did a splendid job with the voices! I love how she did distinctive accents and how just by listening to her voice I knew what Dexter was up to (if he was drunk/felt depressed/happy). Great narrator and I will definitely try more of her books.


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- Kathy

An excellent 'read!'

I had read a brief review of this book before ordering it on audible. Although I did feel that the first chapter was not exactly my style, I soon fell into the rhythm of the characters and the overall appeal of the 'calendar' for these two main characters. I absolutely LOVED Emma and (sometimes) Dexter ~ and was amazed by the insight of the author into both genders. I also highly recommend the narrator as an additional character in the book ~ she was excellent in her portrayal of everyone. As the plot unfolded toward the end, I felt absolutely bereft, and I grieved for the devestating losses ~ evidence of the real humanity of the characters. I would recommend this book to everyone ~ and I have! My sister and my daughter are currently reading it, and one of my dear friends from London has already completed the book and passed it on to her daughters. One of my VERY favorites in a long time ~ I will re-read it this year!
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- Judy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio