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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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    Judy San Francisco, CA, United States 09-13-10
    Judy San Francisco, CA, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it, loved it, loved it"

    This book kept me up nights because I was so involved with the characters I couldn't stop listening, anxiously awaiting the next development. Very funny - just adored Emma. Dex had his moments of being so shallow I almost couldn't stand it, but there was a softness about him that redeemed him in my eyes. Very sorry about the ending though. Had to listen to the 'twist' twice just to make sure I had heard right. Even so, I found the book very satisfying and the reader was fantastic. Will definitely listen to her again.

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    Lisa San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 08-25-10
    Lisa San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 08-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Would not recommend"

    This was one of the most boring books I have read since becoming a Audible.com reader. The book was pointless. It had a couple "laugh out loud" parts, but only a couple. I kept trying to figure out where it was all going...and then a very boring end.

    I say, "give up" to the author.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Nelson Dallas, TX 08-20-10
    Scott Nelson Dallas, TX 08-20-10 Listener Since 2004

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    "Narration is terrible and difficult to listen to"

    This title sounded like a great listen. But the narrator on this story is very hard to listen to and understand. Scottish accent and monotone delivery is very difficult on the ears. Had to give up after the first 30 minutes.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    wendy bear, DE, United States 08-07-10
    wendy bear, DE, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A bit boring"

    Long and drawn out. They visit the characters every year, but it is all the same. He likes her. She likes him. They never quite connect for years and years and years and years.

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    Ann Canton, MI, United States 07-31-11
    Ann Canton, MI, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2008
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    The was a little disappointing...not sure what all the fuss is about...I was depressed by the ending but I guess I like my fiction happily ever after....Hope that's not a spoiler...it really is kind of a surprise ending, and that's cool.

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    Marcella Sarasota, FL, United States 04-11-11
    Marcella Sarasota, FL, United States 04-11-11
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    "I don't have this much time to devote.."

    ...to a book I can't even understand the narrator (16 hours+). I didn't read anywhere that the story was based "across the pond." I usually listen to the sample first because I'm tired of listening to British accents on Audible books, I'll never make that mistake again!. It sounded like a great story and I was in a hurry, I needed something quick to have for a road trip, but I found myself fast-forwarding after 30 mintues. Sorry, but I tried.

    I'm having a bit of bad luck, the last 3 or so books I haven't been able to finish, usually too boring. What a waste of a $15 credit times 3.

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