The writing is stunning. The vocabulary is so rich and melodious, paired up with an incredible narration, this makes for a very invested listening experience. The book begins and it’s so direct in the perspective of the two characters involved that you believe them from the onset. What you discover as the years go by in their lives is that nothing will happen as they thought it would. It is a beautiful concept to explore one day in the shared life of this friendship for the duration of twenty years, every day on that day. Inevitably I found myself pondering those long-standing meaning relationships I’ve had in my life, their impact, their value, their resonance, and ultimately that is what great literature should bestow upon us: a deeper perspective, a new frame of reference, another way of looking at life.
I enjoyed the preformers but the characters began to weigh on me a bit. It got hard to root for them when I was thinking "Those are some interesting choices." Anyhow, there are a few laugh out loud moments. Unfortunately, there are also some please-make-better-choices-moments and some I-don't-think I-like-you-anymore moments.
The narration of this story is suburb! I was completely captivated by Anna Bentinck's dialects and the humor in this book! A+
I was in the mood for a good love story, this was not it. I read the whole book so I liked it enough but it was really frustrating. I wish they would have put the end in the beginning. I would have bought into their desire for each other more. It was hard for me to believe they were not getting together for all those years. Hard to buy that they were so close but never said anything. I liked her but she drove me crazy at times being overly whiny. Much of the time it was pretty depressing as well. Not sure I can recommend.
The reader was fantastic however. Bravo for all the different accents and nuances to each characters mood.
High concept novel (a twenty-year friendship told by visiting its characters on July 15 each year) can’t overcome the total lack of chemistry between the intelligent, serious female protagonist and the vacuous, partying male protagonist. That said, the writing is good and there are several neat vignettes.
This book was 1 that I couldn't put down. I kept wanting to know more about all the chericters that were in the book. I love the authors history of the 3 countries as well. I was a little dissapointed where the ending was concerned, but over all, it was a wonderful book.
Read it because I saw the movie trailer. Enjoyed the storyline - represented actual growth of individuals from college age to adulthood. Not everyone leads a stellar life. Thought this would be predictable. While it was to a degree, the end of the book will stay with me (no spoilers here).
I agree with the other reviewers that this story is a bit predictable and somewhat tiresome over time. I still loved this audiobook, though, because the narrator was absolutely fantastic. She did all the voices very well and really made the story better for me. I'm going to look for other audiobooks by this narrator.
Having just come off 36 hours of a very dark book, we were looking for something a little lighter. One Day was the wrong choice. Hours of real-time drunken bouts and characters who are deeply unhappy. The story is relentlessly frustrating and sad, but only because it is a microscope trained on sad, frustrated lives. One Day is well written and well read, so if you don't mind sharing a deep, dark funk for 17 hours, you may find this book rewarding. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
Was okay. Reminded me of the Diary of Bridget Jones a little bit if you like that sort of banter. The ending was a bit disappointing and confusing when the author went into the past multiple times after the peak point in the story.