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Author: Nora Roberts Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Chronicles of the One Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781531834432
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (December 2017)

A stunning novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whelan brings the cast of characters to life as they escape a world that is possibly in its death throes. In varied speech patterns, she portrays their determination and strength, yet their vulnerability also comes through clearly as she fully captures the intensity of their predicament. First in the Chronicles of the One, this long audiobook will be over before the listener is ready. Roberts’ fans will surely want to come back to learn how the cliff-hanger ending resolves.”

    AudioFile

  • “A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s The Stand.

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Roberts has turned her pen to apocalyptic fiction. And, oh boy, she really delivered.”

    Bustle magazine

  • “Electric and ground-breaking…A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers."

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The entertaining latest from Roberts, the first of a trilogy, concerns a magical blight that wipes out most of mankind and leaves some survivors with otherworldly powers…Roberts knows how to write a page-turner…[and] readers who are after a well-told apocalyptic story with magical touches will be satisfied.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick of Best Books of Winter 2018

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About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two hundred novels. She is also the author of a bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb, her other pseudonyms being Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. She was the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.