Your audiobook is waiting…

The One

Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

Regular price: $28.51

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab, and soon, you'll be matched with your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for.

That's the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: Test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance, and love.

Now, five very different people have received the notification that they've been "Matched". They're each about to meet their one true love. But "happily ever after" isn't guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others....

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

©2018 John Marrs (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    194
  • 4 Stars
    64
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    187
  • 4 Stars
    54
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    171
  • 4 Stars
    58
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Meh, Cliché Characters & a Bit of a Soap Opera

NO SPOILERS! This book has a great premise and I wanted to love it like other John Marrs stories. I did not enjoy the layout of the story, it took too much concentration to keep up with all of the plot lines- I believe there were four separate plots. I enjoyed some stories more than others, which almost tempted me to skip chapters and just listen to the characters I liked.

The story started off with a smart storyline, but the characters became more and more cliché. It seemed like he created conflict just for the sake of creating it.

I recommend this if you like soap operas and medical mysteries. As for me, just not enough thrills.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Extremely entertaining

This book feels like a long episode of Black Mirror. It's a great mix of science fiction and romance. I flew through it in just a few days. All the narrators are great, and I loved the ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

nope

Scattered, unbelievable story line. No character development. Disappointing. I loved his last book, read that!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • T
  • 04-22-19

Should be required reading for romance readers

This book has a lot of insight about relationships buried into the plot in a fresh and engaging way.

Most of the narrators were very good but one was loud and hysterical, and I like books better with a single narrator, so I took points off.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

103 chapters of nonsense (*potential spoilers)

Before I voice my disappointment with this book, I will say that I generally enjoyed most of Marrs books (with the exception of Her Last Move, equally bad), that's why I keep reading them, but this book is mind numbing. First of all, I don't understand why he had to use so many completely unrelated characters to tell this ridiculous story of DNA matching. Other than their use of the matching site, they are just a string of random events. I think three characters would have been plenty for this story. It was impossible to follow, they were all just thrown in there for extra chapters, fully underdeveloped, unlikable, and for a lack of better word, just idiotic. Seriously, if you can believe (even for a fictional moment) that absolutely everyone could be so stupid and absentminded with thoughts of "DNA match soulmate " that they would consider doing just about anything (like getting impregnated with a dead man's sperm) then this is your book. Otherwise spare yourself of 103 chapters of ridiculous nonsense.
It's page after page of babbling desperate women (try the audio version for a full effect) and men in midlife crisis searching for their soulmate only to learn that all of their soulmates are either serial killers. psychos, cheaters, disabled, or dead people. I just can't name a single thing in this book that would make it a good one. I think that today's prevalence of DNA testing and people's willingness to share their genetic material for any type of amusement is becoming a reality so it won't be too long before we see these types of dating sites in reality, I don't really find this DNA matching topic shocking at all, if that was the author's intent with this book. It doesn't help that the audible version was equally bad, read by multiple people with various accents and very different styles of narration, just hard to listen.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Vicky
  • STATEN ISLAND, NY, United States
  • 04-01-19

Great Sci-Fi thriller

This book starts slow and a bit sappy, but gets more and more interesting and captivating. Great read.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent book

This book was so different from any other I've read, and it was refreshing and hard to put down! Loved it!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow ever wonder how much further social media can interrupt our lives?

The rhythm of this book takes a little getting used to. But it worth the wait to delve on chapter after chapter. One of best books I've read in years.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Meh

The idea is a cool one, the execution is just OK. the build up was fun and I hoped for some excitement...in the end, it fell flat.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Super entertaining

I was hooked right away and wanted to hear how these relationships would work out. The narration was top notch - and the story moved nicely, with lots of chapter cliff hangers.