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The One Plus One | [Jojo Moyes]

The One Plus One

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jojo Moyes’s The One Plus One, read by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and Steven France. The One Plus One is the beautiful, poignant, and utterly compelling new novel by the internationally best-selling author Jojo Moyes.

One single mum. With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to....

One chaotic family. Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking....

One handsome stranger. Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

One unexpected love story. The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for 10 years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, The Last Letter From Your Lover, winner of Spring 2012’s most popular Richard, and Judy Book Club title Me Before You and most recently The Girl you Left Behind. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

©2014 Jojo Moyes (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for Jojo Moyes:

“Majestic, utterly compelling, tremendous. A heart-stopping read” (Independent on Sunday)
“Truly beautiful. Made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it” (Closer)
“A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you’ll need a box of tissues” (Elle)

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 06-18-14
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 06-18-14 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Delightful...."

    I have never read a Jojo Moyes book before, I'm not sure why, but I suppose I haven't stumbled across one.. But now I have.. I will read more of her books. This was one of the most delightful books that I have read in a long time.
    The fact that the narration was done from 4 different character's perspectives and drew the story into real life. The narrators were believable, not forced and honestly good.
    I loved Jess, Ed, Nicky and Tansy.. They were all delightfully real, with their own flaws that related a story of tanacity, never gicing up and looking at the positive.
    And of course there was Norman, I'm a complete sucker for a dog in a story.. And this is a DOG.. a big, black, hairy, floppy, drooling, disobedieent dog.
    have a listen.. you wont waste yor money... ENJOY!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bjerkana Australia 10-07-14
    Bjerkana Australia 10-07-14 Member Since 2014

    Love the outdoors and like to spirit a good book or audiobook into my pack. Live in the bush, grow much of my food and make stuff by hand.

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    "Predictable but sweet"

    This is a "true romance" with a twist. The characters are a little out of the ordinary, especially the little girl who is brilliant at maths. The story isn't entirely believable but you want it to be true because it's a sweet situation. You know from the beginning that the woman and man who can't stand each other at the start will get together in the end but the process of getting there is a little different from your average romance. Overall an enjoyable piece of escapism.
    The use of different narrators to read as the different characters was initially a little distracting but worked overall. The narrators were fairly good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 05-28-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 05-28-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "Heart warming story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of them but my Favorite would be Nikki


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a few but I don't want to give anything that happens in the book away. I did laugh and cry though


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Jojo Moyers book and I wasn't disappointed! I listened to "Me before you" and this one was just as good. You sort of knew what was going to happen but that didn't matter! It was just lovely and I can't wait to get stuck into another one of her books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Saffy
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    3/13/14
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    "A compelling, uplifting listen"

    I absolutely loved this book and although the listener knows from the beginning where it is going this did not detract from my enjoyment. The multiple narrators really brought the story and characters to life and added to the listening experience. This is so much more than your average chick lit and I was so involved with all of the characters and their stories that I felt rather bereft when it was over! I am a huge fan of Jojo Moyes earlier novels but found 'Me Before You' a disappointing listen - primarily due to the appalling narration. This was a welcome return to form and a compelling, uplifting listen.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "I LAUGHED, CRIED, FEARED, HOPED ABOVE ALL ENJOYED!"

    This is the second JoJo Moyles booked I have listened to and unlike the first book I listened to - Me Before You - in this book you absolutely knew what was going to happen almost from the beginning of the book. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. The interest was in the detail that led to the end result. I loved the way that each chapter was narrated by one of the main characters in the book. This was great for an audible book as it made it very easy to follow. The story was like a good old fashioned romantic movie, road movie and good triumphs over bad movie. If you want a book to take your mind off your everyday trials and tribulations download this one.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    3/22/14
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    "READ THIS!"

    Ladies if you enjoy a good well written story this is the one! I do love Jojo Moyes but this will really blow your socks off.
    In a nutshell it is about a modern family on an unexpected road trip I don't want to give away anything but get the hankies out I laughed till I thought I'd wet myself but i also couldn't stop crying it plays with your emotions till you're literally wrung out!
    The story and narration are fab it is pure chick lit but boy I loved it go Jojo Moyes!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. A. Brown
    UK
    3/15/14
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    "A very enjoyable listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, it was fun, engaging and very sweet. The characters felt believable too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The One Plus One?

    I don't want to spoil anything by answering this one, sorry!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Jess's narrator was excellent, clear, warm and very well acted, particularly in the audiobook's funnier moments. Tamsie's narrator sounded realistically young but this didn't effect the reading negatively. It was still easily understood.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Bear
    AMMANFORD, United Kingdom
    3/4/14
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable."

    Excellent book - brilliant story, each character is narrated by different actor and was done very well.

    A contemporary story with a very dramatic but realistic plot.
    Such a good book that I listened to it in one day!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    Kent, United Kingdom
    8/24/14
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    "Five stars plus one"



    Whenever I read a Jojo Moyes book I feel like I am being introduced to real people. This story is no exception. People like Jess, Ed, Nicki, Tanzi and of course Norman the dog are all around us and you could almost imagine, when reading the synopsis, that this is a non-story. This is absolutely not true. Jojo Moyes has brilliantly woven a vivid tale of people who make mistakes, act incredibly stupidly and in constant danger of losing it all. This is all against a backdrop of life in modern Britain with its social divides, the evils and benefits of social media, white collar v. blue collar crime, how education is failing our talented children and so on. Oh and I almost forgot...it has a poignant love story thrown in.

    This is one of the best narrated books I have listened to. Quite often in audio books young children sound sickly sweet and teenagers sound flat and dull. Tanzi and Nicki are refreshingly bright and eccentric and most of all I really looked forward to hearing their parts of the story.

    This story is funny, sad and occasionally maddening but most of all it is incredibly uplifting. If you are looking for something to make you feel good about the world and maybe even your own family, you should read this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    3/26/14
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    "Nice change from my usual darker fare"

    To be honest, I haven't listened to much outside my usual shortlist of favourite writers and genres. However I read JM's "Me Before You" on holiday last year, and once I'd finished sobbing (very embarrassing poolside), recommended to everyone I knew. So I was quite motivated to give this a go, and was glad I did. The story didn't have quite the emotional impact of MBY, thank goodness, but was nicely written, and the performers were all quite appealing. Although the story in some ways was quite predictable, it had nice twists to the tale, and kept me engaged throughout.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    Banstead, United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "A modern tale"
    If you could sum up The One Plus One in three words, what would they be?

    Contemporary, sad, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The One Plus One?

    It concerns Norman the dog but I don't want to spoil the story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None in particular but this is the first audible book I have listened to using different narrators for different characters and it worked well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, daily instalments though.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ella
    HOOK, United Kingdom
    3/10/14
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    "Couldn't put it down...."
    What made the experience of listening to The One Plus One the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story and the character speakers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The One Plus One?

    Howard was a star... in more ways than one. What a dog!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Jess was so loving, positive and believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ed's kindness to Jess' family.


    Any additional comments?

    I really couldn't "put this book down". I listened at every opportunity. Housework was no longer a chore!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • franjangle
    UK
    3/22/14
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    "Hard to put down"
    If you could sum up The One Plus One in three words, what would they be?

    Funny dilemmas of poverty yet uplifting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When all fell apart yet heroine kept on trucking


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read & think themselves there

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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