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
"[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)
The conceit of this novel is that it takes a yearly snapshot of the same day in the lives of its two main characters. You can sometimes see the struggle of the author to fit the story into this format, but the characters are so well drawn that it overcomes this challenge. The story comes especially alive when the two are together. They are funny, smart, and you know they share something intimate, frequently refering to each other as their best friend. The narrative takes a sharp turn late in the story that took some of the enjoyment out of it for a while, but the author recovers, and the ending is poignant and rewarding. I can't say enough about the narrator. She brings so much life to even the most minor characters that it would be hard to imagine how I would feel about the story if I were to simply read the author's words.
Totally worth it. You'll laugh and cry and be frustrated with the characters and their decisions. You'll love them and hate them all at the same time. The narrator is great! Definitely a favorite. I almost never post reviews, so this one definitely made an impression.
I know it has been said before but it is definitely this generations "When Harry Met Sally"! Yet done in an original style and in an unpredictable style. I loved it so much! The narration was also done very well by Ms. Bentinck! Now I go to see the movie adaptation! Thank you!!!!
I have listened to hundreds of audio books. The narrator on this one deserves an award ; her performance throughout, covering as it did a wide range of accents, was stellar. I have actually never heard anything so good in all my years of listening.
I really savored this story and was sad when it ended. I loved getting to know the characters and related to so many pieces of their lives--specifically the part about not knowing where your life is going in your twenties! I also liked all the little details that made me feel like I was there and helped me remember certain moments in history. It really was just a wonderful listen, and I LOVED the reader/narrator! She's very gifted at doing all the different voices. Very happy with my first audible fiction book.
Chapter after chapter I listened to this book. I am not sure what kept me hanging in there with is because it seemed like a trite and silly love story but the narrator read well and somehow kept me engaged. The second half of the book was moving and I grew to like the characters and was sad as the end approached. It is a story of unrequited love, falling in love, loving your best friend and then.... I can't tell you where it goes but hang in there it is a touching story and well worth your time.
I have to say first that I am not the type to write a review online very often. But something about this story and its characters compels me to write. I listened to this book months ago, but still think about it. I can picture myself part of the story, which is a talent most authors don't have. The reader, Anna Bentinck, was fantastic, adding even more depth to the already involving storyline. I can still hear her voice in my head... Now that there will be a movie, I am left wondering... Can it possibly be as good as the book? Can they even come close to the character development? Do yourself a favor and listen to this first. You won't regret it. (You may need tissues for some parts)
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.
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.
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
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