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The One Audiobook

The One

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Barbara 21/07/2017
    Barbara 21/07/2017
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    HughesyMK 29/05/2017
    HughesyMK 29/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    san2har 09/05/2017
    san2har 09/05/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy 02/06/2017
    Daisy 02/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deirdre 12/05/2017
    Deirdre 12/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Unearthed Jewellery 29/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Pointless"

    Just a very odd and pointless story. I'm off to find something engaging and absorbing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 17/05/2017
    17/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought provoking, powerful and very creepy."

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natallie 19/05/2017
    Natallie 19/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kim 02/12/2017
    kim 02/12/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Could’ve been more"

    I agree with past reviewers that this could’ve been so much more. The central storyline is interesting enough to have made a decent story but tired and unoriginal portraits of relationships and sloppy writing let it down. It was a decent book to listen to while commuting as the short chapters and multiple character lines kept it from getting monotonous, but not as good as it could have been.

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    Vicky H UK 17/11/2017
    Vicky H UK 17/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting concept"

    I really enjoyed the idea but it was not a very sophisticated plot, and it didn't do as much with the idea as it could have. It was enjoyable in a fun, trashy novel with a bit of edge, sort of way. But too shallow and focused on predictable twists and shocks, try reading Margaret Atwood for more substance and thought provoking questioning of society and what could be.

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  • Candice
    19/05/17
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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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Getshotzi
    29/05/17
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    "GROUNDBREAKING!!!!!!"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Buckner, AR, United States
    28/05/17
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    "Original!!!!!!"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christina Elizabeth
    08/05/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    United States
    09/08/17
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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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RENEE ROSSI
    17/07/17
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Overland Park, KS
    20/06/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg Smith
    Midlothian, VA, United States
    18/06/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stefanie P
    08/06/17
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    "Best Audible book so far"

    This is a great concept and the intertwined stories are amazing. I don't know why it's not a top ten. It is easily the best Audible book I've listened to in the two years that I've been a subscriber! Great narrators all around as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    08/06/17
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    "Absolutely Fantastic Book!!!"

    WOW!!! Loved this book! The different scenarios were all so interesting and exciting. Each time I thought I had things worked out, I was proven wrong. The book was very unpredictable with so many twists and turns that it kept you guessing the whole way through. Thoroughly enjoyed the unique storyline. First review I have ever written and I've read hundreds of books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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