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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (114,318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Nicholls Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780307912893
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It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Funny, sweet and completely engrossing . . . The friendship at the heart of this novel is best expressed within the pitch-perfect dialogue/banter between the two. Very Short List
  • A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad . . . the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up!. . . . Nicholls’s witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don’t notice all the hard work that it’s doing. The Times (London)
  • Just as Nicholls has made full use of his central concept, so he has drawn on all his comic and literary gifts to produce a novel that is not only roaringly funny but also memorable, moving and, in its own unassuming, unpretentious way, rather profound. The Guardian (London)
  • [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, from his blog
  • [Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own. . . . [A] light but surprisingly deep romance so thoroughly satisfying. Entertainment Weekly
  • Nicholls offers sharp dialogue and wry insight that sounds like Nick Hornby at his best. The Daily Beast (A Best Book of the Summer)
  • Fluid, expertly paced, highly observed, and at times, both funny and moving. Boston Globe
  • "Those of us susceptible to nostalgic reveries of youthful heartache and self-invention (which is to say, all of us) longed to get our hands on Nicholls’s new novel. . . . And if you do, you may want to take care where you lay this book down. You may not be the only one who wants in on the answers. New York Times Book Review
  • "Who doesn’t relish a love story with the right amount of heart-melting romance, disappointment, regret, and huge doses of disenchantment about growing up and growing old between quarreling meant-to-be lovers? Elle, Top 10 Summer Books for 2010
  • A great, funny, and heart-breaking read. The Early Show [CBS]
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/16/2014

    " very depressing, not badly written and a story that keeps you entertained, but overall, I wish I hadn't read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Hudson | 1/8/2014

    " I will always buy David Nicholls books because I have loved his others so much. For some reason, I must be the only person in the world that this book just didn't do it for. Well written, but it just didn't grab me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon James | 1/5/2014

    " the most beautiful book I have ever read. The ending left me in tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 12/24/2013

    " A great love story that is well written- no Danielle Steele-ish type hokey romance here. And the back and forth in time , and character, makes it so wonderful. A must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 12/15/2013

    " This has got to be one of the best books I have read in a long time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaina A | 12/8/2013

    " A fun romantic novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vishal Chhabra | 10/31/2013

    " Awesome book. I borrowed this from library and after reading around twenty pages I returned this book. Immediately after that I ordered this from Amazon. I now own this great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda Wisz | 10/26/2013

    " So far so good... Still reading, and not disappointed yet! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Jarrell | 9/20/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book. Kept me entertained from beginning to end. Definitely at the top of my list of great books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Laurienzo | 9/18/2013

    " I guess this could have been considered brilliant, but I found myself annoyed with how it turned out. I was often bored reading it and had to force myself to finish it. After I finished, I was mad at wasting my time. See the movie if you are really intrigued. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/11/2013

    " loved this book, made me laugh out loud several times. HATED the end, but oh well.. still a great read. Super delightful moments, Lovely premise, and I think also, not a terrible movie. BritLit. Love the slang, the school days, the way they hung out smoking and drinking and snogging...sigh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Haise | 9/3/2013

    " Fun read but kind I'd predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loreana Maria teresa | 5/16/2013

    " Very well written and a great story! I just was too depressed by the ending. I don't think I've cried that much after reading a book ever! I'm still so attached to the characters. Definitely a great read but you must be in the mood for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 1/31/2013

    " The idea of the book is awesome, but quite frankly, this is the most boring thing I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammy Halstead | 8/1/2012

    " Loved this book ,real romantic. Dont watch the film sadly does the book no justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azura Chan | 7/8/2012

    " This is really a romantic novel that can make you cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saruh | 5/7/2012

    " Great story. Well told and refreshingly realistic. Relatable characters and intriguing twists that although not entirely unexpected, still hold a few surprises. Not your typical love story but somehow familiar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khadijah | 2/27/2012

    " Perfect novel to read in one's twenties/at a crossroads. Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew are the perfect, flawed characters that like so many of us, eventually mature and evolve to become good peoples :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Larsen | 1/11/2012

    " Liked...or tolerated. Except for the end. That ruined the book for me. Plus the characters were a tad whiny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/6/2011

    " I loved the surprise ending (to me it was a surprise ending)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarizza | 11/23/2011

    " A wonderful, real-world read bound to fact-of-life circumstances that'll tug at your heartstrings. The movie gave justice, but long-live the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bec | 6/30/2011

    " All the raving reviews about this one are true. You come away feeling like you know Dex am Em just as well as your closest friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 6/30/2011

    " I'm listening to the audio production, the reader is wonderful, quite an actress. I love the humor and light sarcasm of Nicholls. Quite funny. and frustrating. Will be a movie in late 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/29/2011

    " So so good, though at times rather...depressing. The dialog and the writing seems effortless, but you can tell there's craft-work there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erandi | 6/29/2011

    " I just finished reading this book. It was so witty and took me through so many emotions. I could not stop reading this book. I would recommend "One Day" to anyone. I'm planning to read "Starter for Ten" as soon as I can get my hands on a copy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fairee | 6/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book,it was amazing. I didn't want to put it down once I started. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 6/29/2011

    " I adored every second of this, I feel like I know Emma and Dexter and I feel a bit bereft now i'm finished "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 6/29/2011

    " I read this book while on vacation and had large amounts of time to read. Loved it! Characters and time periods were spot on. Though the ending left me a bit sad. I'm looking forward to the movie which should be out August 2011. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 vivienne summer | 6/29/2011

    " not something to read while in public, makes "keeping it together" too difficult. i loved it. so so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 6/28/2011

    " Page 385. Broke my heart to pieces.. I wailed.
    I don't think I've ever done that before. I fell in love with the book. the story.. the characters..My favorite of 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/28/2011

    " So, so, so sad. Well written, but so sad. "

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About the Author
Author David Nicholls

David Nicholls is one of England’s most highly respected and praised television writers. His credits include Bravo’s Cold Feet, I Saw You, and Rescue Me, which he also created. In addition, he cowrote the film Simpatico.

About the Narrator

Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.