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How far would you go to find The One?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

(Note: Previously published as A Thousand Small Explosions)

©2017 John Marrs (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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If you read only ONE book this year...

...make it The One. What a great, engaging, and unique story.
What if there was really a soul mate for you somewhere in this wide world based only and completely on genetics? No matter your race, creed, religion, looks, where in the world you live, age, mental state, or even sexual orientation? And what if there existed a test, where for a simple swab and 9.99 your DNA match can be revealed to you? Would you do it? What if you are already happily married? Or what if your match is your same sex, and you are heterosexual (or at least, thought you were?!).
I found the concept of "DNA matching" a little suspicious at first, and actually that healthy skepticism stayed with me through the end. But that did not detract from the overall vision that I think the author was trying to convey.
The story is told through the points of view five main characters. Here are a few- Ellie, the CEO of a controversial mega-corporation who is both revered and reviled; Nathan, in love with his fiancé and ready to settle down, if only the girlfriend would stop insisting they "take the test;" Christopher, an ambitious and goal-oriented psychopath who finds his match and feels his life finally about to change.
The book is told in fast-paced, short chapters alternating between the five main characters. This choice made it near impossible for me to put the book down and it worked absolutely wonderfully to showcast the different experiences, opportunities, and dangers inherent in this technology. As is often the case with multiple POV storylines, some storylines may interest you overall more than others. But in the end John Marrs achieved the seemingly impossible: making me care about every single one of then, even the more than flawed ones.
Also, this book made me think A LOT about where the story ended for each character. Who "deserved" his or her fate? Was there ever a truly "happy ending?" If so, at what cost?
An excellent book- smart, savvy, and superbly well done- that I highly recommend. I will be looking for more John Marrs books in the future!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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GROUNDBREAKING!!!!!!

This book is amazing. Completely original and captivating. I absolutely cannot recommend this enough!!!!! Read. This. Now!

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  • Wendy
  • Buckner, AR, United States
  • 05-28-17

Original!!!!!!

Love this book. Couldn't stop listening!!!! Best book all I've listened to in past 2 year!!!

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Very interesting

I really enjoyed this book. All the stories are so different, yet they are intertwined in a way that keeps you engaged. The ending(s) are unique and I enjoyed the twists throughout the book. All of the narrators did a great job, as well. Would definitely recommend.

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Kudos for originality !!

Loved the thought provoking and brilliantly original concept. The narration was also exceptionally well done. I can highly recommend this book to a wide variety of listeners

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Buy This Book Now!!!!!

I have read over 100 books this year and this is by far the best. perfect narration by all of the narrators. it is a long book but reads quickly due to the short Cliffhanger chapters. don't even read the synopsis on this book don't read these reviews just click buy now. you won't be disappointed!!!!!

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This was actually a pretty interesting book!

I didn't have high expectations for this book - novels with multiple characters aren't usually done well. But this one was great! What if you could match yourself up with your soulmate using DNA? It's a crazy concept, and of course it has crazy consequences. The narrators did a great job, and all of the characters were distinguishable from each other. Well-written. I definitely recommend...

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Very Interesting!

Any additional comments?

I loved this book! I found the premise to be interesting, that we all have a genetic match, but the characters really pulled me in. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen! I loved the way the author weaved the story, and the narrators did such a tremendous job. I really felt like I was a part of it, and at times i was on the edge of my seat wanting to skip to the next part to see what happened. Warning though... the beginning was a little confusing... i didn't know who was who or what was going on... it took about 3 chapters before I really got what the author was trying to do, in the authors defense, i could be a little slow..lol. Don't give up on this book, it was great!

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  • David
  • Overland Park, KS
  • 06-20-17

Good story, but drags at times

I enjoyed this book and got to know the characters well enough to be invested in their fortune. But I did find parts to be a bit slow or off topic and I expected the various characters to be drawn together more at the end ... But still an enjoyable read with a good mix of pseudo-tech, love, and murder.

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  • Greg Smith
  • Midlothian, VA, United States
  • 06-18-17

Not the One

I was told this was a science fiction novel. But the author has little understanding of the science behind the premise behind the book. This is a romance following 4-5 main characters. It's similar to "Love, Actually" in that way. It is long, boring, and unbelievable. It's as if someone said "What would happen if dating sites picked the perfect match." And then tried to find the problems with that eventuality. I slogged through this book hoping it would all make sense. But in the end it's a dressed-up Harlequin romance. Not recommended.

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  • HughesyMK
  • 05-29-17

Could have been so much more...

This was a fairly decent listen, but left me feeling it could have been so much more, both from a literary and narration point of view.
They story's concept was interesting but I thought the execution of the story was a bit hit and miss. Some parts of the book left me gagging for the next chapter in that character's story while others left me cringing, and fast-forwarding to get past it.
Some of the narration I feel was miscast and over read in some parts but, in the main, was OK.
Not Booker prize material, but wouldn't be the first book in the fire on The Day after Tomorrow.

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  • Daisy
  • 06-02-17

I absolutely loved this book!!

I liked the concept of the story line before I started reading but this book really exceeded my expectations!
It made me laugh, cry and had me on the edge of my seat at times. This is a great listen and I was completely hooked.
The narration was brilliant and I enjoyed all of the different characters!
I would highly recommend this book!

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  • san2har
  • 05-09-17

Don't look for love on the internet

This was excellent delving into people's vanities and insecurities using web technology to find 'the one'. Excellent narration and story lines but suspend belief

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  • Barbara
  • 07-21-17

not much to say

it was OK, honestly it was a bit basic frankly. I thought it might have given an interesting insight into modern relationships with a bit of a twilight zone to it. but it was just drivel

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  • Deirdre
  • 05-12-17

Loved this book - original & unexpected

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

Great narration, great story, kept me guessing til the very end. Highly recommend

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  • Christine Knight
  • 03-22-18

Missed opurtunity

It’s unfortunate that such a fantastic idea was dealt with in a soap type way. Very light and predictable .Also the male narrator spoke like he was speaking to a class of non English speaking 7 year olds very irritating!

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  • Ellie S
  • 05-17-17

Thought provoking, powerful and very creepy.

Loved it, excellent narration and will definitely read more John Marrs books. The wow factor!

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  • Natallie
  • 05-19-17

unique, gripping and well performed.

great book if your looking for a new story against the sea of detective thrillers and Girl on the Trrain spin offs.

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  • Mum of four cheshire
  • 10-16-18

Enjoyable

The book whilst for me wasn’t fantastic it did keep you listening wanting to find what the next twist was and what happened next.
An enjoyable read with some interesting characters.

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  • Jane
  • 08-27-18

Great listen

I liked the way the characters were developed and had no idea how it would end.

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  • Emma Pooley
  • 05-29-17

Enjoyable read bought on a whim

I really enjoyed the book as a whole and found the different voice actors a useful way of distinguishing all the story lines. I thought this was a really enjoyable read for someone wanting something a bit different but not too heavy. I would probably recommend this book to female listeners more than males ones. I would absolutely try the author and narrators again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-18

Gripping

Found myself listening to the book at every opportunity available. It was addictive to say the least.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-18

Loved every minute of this book

I was hooked on this book from the beginning. I loved all of the different characters' stories and the twists that came with it. Highly recommend this book.

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  • John
  • 01-16-18

The best one yet!

Where does The One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to around 35 audiobooks and they have all been great (4.5-5 stars) but 'The One' is by far the best yet - wish I could give it more stars!

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  • Joan
  • 11-18-17

The One

The premise of the book is good personally I found it had too many characters and you had to remind yourself of the plot to the different characters. Interesting read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-17

Didnt Expect That!

Wow. Not my usual kind of story, but the reviews everywhere were good so I gave it a try. So glad I did as this book turned out to be entertaining, thought provoking and had the shock factor. Just when you think you have an idea where all the stories within the story are going, the author drops a little detail into each and turns them on their heads. Very well written, good narration, great story.

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  • Cil
  • 06-14-17

The One

Really enjoyed this book. Loved the idea of a DNA match, was really intriguing and kept me guessing what would happen all the way through. Thoroughly recommend. Narrators were great as well.