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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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Excellent writing derailed by narrator

Very good writing, very original and excellent format/structure, the concept of one day on the calendar. For the most part the narrator's accent was gentle traditional British, delivered in a musically soothing monotone but every time she lapsed into characters other than the two protagonists she became loud, strident, with extreme peaks and valleys that physically hurt my ears, eg "Waheyyyy!!!" shouting through my earbuds. Eeeccchhh! And having to listen to two characters scream at each other while dancing to loud music was just, well, over the top.

Good that the focus was not so much on worldly successes/failures, but how those life circumstances affected both the emotional/spiritual growth and the devolvement or evolvement of the characters. And good that parts of this had me laughing out loud, particularly at some of the characterizations of the mother and her shallow preoccupations.

I did not see the necessity of such an abrupt ending. Publisher deadline looming or something like that? Who knows...

Still a good listen. Something for a long car ride, bike ride, or long run. Looking forward to the movie.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • Blue Anchor, NJ, United States
  • 07-27-10

Book good, audio version bad

This book would be so much better if it were tracked by chapter. It is hard to keep track of the day/date of a particular entry because the tracks include several chapters. This is especially true if you are prone to occasionally drifting away(like me). Read the book.

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Don't Bother!

Bought this audible book at least on sale at the same time that the movie was just being released. After almost a year... I managed to finish the book and truly glad that I did not pay to see the movie.

I hope the Audible.com staff doesn't bury my review on the 7th page because it would be a shame for someone to waste their valuable time and credit on this ridiculous book.

The story in a nut shell is about Dexter, a spoiled self centered womanizing alcoholic and Emma his college "mate' or friend whose life was pretty much a bore but managed to become a successful writer. Then years later, She and Dexter reunite after his wife had an affair with his boss and then kicked him to the curb. So he calls Emma in a stupor, they finally get married but can't get pregnant and then she dies. Really.....

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  • Lisa
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 08-25-10

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 9 people found this review helpful

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Heartbreaking and very...human

I had seen the movie before listening to this book, and found it absolutely engrossing all the same. The writing is very good, and I was really pleased that the narrator's performance seemed to perfectly convey the tone and emotions that are described, down to the well-timed pauses. Highly recommend to anyone that likes epic love stories.

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Interesting Characters, Disappointing Ending

What was most disappointing about David Nicholls’s story?

The last chapter and ending. So as not to give anything away, I had expected so much more from the tension which built throughout the book.

Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

Emma Morley by far.

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

No, though the characters were interesting and their relationship compelling, nothing became so emotional I felt any tug on my heartstrings.

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loved it

this book was an amazing, heartfelt, well told story that I will recommend to all my friends

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Wow. Beautiful Romance - New Favorite

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is such a beautiful story. The author did a great job with the characters - they were very well developed. <br/><br/>One of my favorite Audible purchases.<br/><br/>Narrator was perfection, too!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dexter - he changed the most throughout the story

What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love the inflection in her voice when she was speaking as some of the female characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Timeless Love

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One Day review

Book was great. Emotional and vivid, however, a slow start and slightly disjointed, at times. Would have been better to read this book, rather than listen, to keep timeline in order. Narration of female characters (other than main character, Em) was extremely annoying- the voices she used were grating. Overall narration was fine.

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Love story well told

One of the best listens in a while. Story always interesting & excellent reader. I was disappointed in ending but that perhaps just makes the whole experience more true to how life sometimes is.