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One Day | [David Nicholls]

One Day

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. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
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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.

©2010 David Nicholls (P)2010 Random House

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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    C Milton, MA, United States 06-28-11
    C Milton, MA, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Looked forward to listening"

    I especially liked the way the author covered the history of the main character's relationships. Somewhat disappointed with the ... don't want to give anything away .... surprise for a main character near end.
    Anna Bentinck did a nice smooth job; voice makes or breaks book for me.

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    Josanne Conifer, CO, United States 03-25-11
    Josanne Conifer, CO, United States 03-25-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Amazing Book, even better narrator"

    I loved this book, the characters and the story made me want to get in my car each morning for my commute to work. Some of the parts in the book and the narrator's great work bringing the book to life made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed the span of time from college to mid-life with all its twists and turns. This book I highly recommend and will be listening to this one again.

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    janet smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 03-06-11
    janet smiths falls on. k7a-4h7 03-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "EXCELLENT !"

    One of the greatest I have read in A while. the narrator was soooo good. david nicholls w ords were made all the more real by the excellent narration. I want more david nicholls janet sparks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Provo, UT, United States 01-17-11
    Jared Provo, UT, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "wow...this book hit me hard and ruined my weekend"

    I gotta say, i loved this book so much and was affected by it all weekend, but not in an uplifting good way. It isn't a simple "romance" book - it is a powerful view of 2 peoples lives that will linger with you long long long after you finish it...i'm a 42 year old male and i sat in my car after i finished it and fought back the tears.

    For those that didn't like the "ending" (although it is about 3/4 of the way through that it really changes) then i would say, look at the story as a whole - look at the way she created a view of lives and the effect of love and friendship...you can't help but admire the story even if you don't agree with the direction the author took it...

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    Casey Sunnyside, NY, United States 01-14-11
    Casey Sunnyside, NY, United States 01-14-11
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    "Wonderful narrator"

    As we all know, the person who reads the book can make or break a story. The narrator of this book was fantastic. She made the characters come to life (I could have listened to her larger than life "Suki Meadows" all day. Too funny!)

    The story itself was wonderful too. You really care for the characters.

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    Nicole Fuquay Varina, NC, United States 12-28-10
    Nicole Fuquay Varina, NC, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfect book for those who believe in soul mates"

    Buy this book right now. You will love it I'm certain. I quickly became attached to the characters and the connection that kept bringing them back together over 20 years, a love that only happens when people are made for each other - soul mates. I will keep them with me long after I've forgotten the details of the story. Dex and Em. Em and Dex.

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    S new york, NY, United States 11-12-10
    S new york, NY, United States 11-12-10
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    "Great listen!"

    It's rare that I listen to audiobooks more than once, but this one warranted a second listen. I enjoy the intense study of the evolution of a relationship, so this was right up my alley.
    Can't wait for the movie!

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    Joy Laceyville, PA, United States 10-18-10
    Joy Laceyville, PA, United States 10-18-10
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    "A Great Listen"

    I have been listening to One Day and laughing out loud. Great dialogue. Great narration.

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    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-29-10
    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-29-10 Member Since 2010

    It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!

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    "Great Story... GREAT Narrator"

    I could hardly rip myself away from this story, staying up late into the the night to finish. A great read and I can't speak highly enough for the reader of this book- who did an OUTSTANDING job with it! Totally "credit worthy".

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    S. M. Teevan LA 09-15-10
    S. M. Teevan LA 09-15-10 Member Since 2003

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    "Quite liked it!"

    The story is somewhat reminiscent of my own, but with myself in the role of idiot. Maybe because of this the ending hit me quite hard. I saw it coming, but still feel haunted. I'm off to go be really nice to my husband!

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