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The One

Written by: John Marrs
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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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

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Gripping!

This book had me mesmerized from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. When I had to, I couldn’t wait to pick back up again. A definite must read. Really interesting concept of what could happen if science actually could do this. And the repercussions involved. I only had one problem which was the narrator who did the nick character wasn’t my favourite and kind of irritated me. But all the other ones were awesome.

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Loved this book!!!!!

10/10! It was like an episode of black mirror. I can’t say enough about this book. I finished it so quickly, I wish there was more. Amazing!

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fantastic read

characters are amazing...narration is spot on. i thought it was going to be predictable but I was wrong. enjoy!

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Page-turner

I couldn’t stop listening! Loved the various perspectives in all five characters’ stories. And the twists at the end!

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This book - chosen just for you!

Marrs takes an interesting concept - a DNA sample will match you with "The One" person in the world meant especially for you - and weaves a twisty-turny series of tales involving an equally interesting cast of characters. It took a bit at the beginning to tell who was who but the switching from character to character kept the suspense high . . . and Marrs always left off at a peak moment. I found myself saying, on numerous occasions, "Yeah, that's realistic. That's like real life."

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  • KC
  • 2020-05-31

Couldn’t stop listening

I really couldn’t stop listening to this book! I love the multiple storylines and also loved that they kept me guessing - some things I was right about and others I really didn’t see coming! I was sad for this to come to an end. I also really enjoyed the different performances.

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  • Fde
  • 2020-05-13

Awesome book!!

I throughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover! It was intriguing and cringe-worthy at parts, completely had my attention. I highly recommend this book!

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Good story but depressing

Loved the idea of this but not prepared for the darkness and sadness of this story.

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An Original, yet Plausible Story

Such a refreshing and original plot, also eerily conceivable. The One really makes you think about the unknown possibilities arising from the study of DNA and the resulting social and ethical responsibilities.
Narrators were great and I’d definitely recommend you give it a try.

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What a read

This is only my opinion
SPOILERS MIGHT BE AHEAD

I loved this book so much for so many reasons

1 the format of the book is dynamic and kept me want to read more and more if I didn’t have work and University I would have red it in one day. John Marrs
Finished the chapter just at the right time to make sure you are hocked and keep reading

2 when I was a child when I walk in the streets I often wondered what the hell is going on in these peoples lives and often wondered if we ever put peoples lives form around the world in one TV show or a book would be interesting and fascinating WELL This book have done it for me after all these years it took the lives of different people and showed how each one of them had their own problems

3 I love how the only survived relationship is a gay relationship that made me happy

4 it explores the idea of destined Love and if that a real thing Is there only one person to love int he whole world?

5 it explores the idea of “what if” like what if you are dating a serial killer and what if you are faced with such and such problems what will you do

I really really love this book and will read it in the future

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  • Sophie
  • 2018-05-02

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.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 2018-07-23

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.

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  • Brooke
  • 2020-04-13

Loved this book!

If you are a reader like me who is bored easily by slow-moving stories, craves action and plot twists, loves cliff-hangers and short chapters, AND is tired of the same domestic thrillers, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! It is so different than many of the books I’ve been reading—it held my attention at the expense of getting work done or sleeping or eating—and had me gasping out loud with certain reveals. This is my first time reading this author and now I’ll be diving into many more!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-04-30

Excellent Book.

Phenomenal book. Highly addictive! I couldn't put this book down. It was a 3 day book for me. Very satisfying read. Covers almost every genre.

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  • Peigi
  • 2019-06-13

Not bad ...For a bunch of Brits (Joking)

I can't say I loved this book because I don't think female characters were portrayed very well - shallow & empty-headed. The most fleshed out character(s) was Christopher & Tim/Matthew, both psychopaths. Performances by the various narrators were outstanding. Overall, the story moved right along & kept my interest.

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  • Yaca
  • 2019-04-17

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.

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  • Jim McKenna
  • 2020-03-28

Intriguing Story, Good, but not Great Book Overall

This was a very intriguing story, the different storylines were well done with very interesting twists. However the last couple of chapters were disappointing. There didn’t seem to be any type of true tying up the loose ends. Seem to simply end with a lot of unknowns.

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  • Ruthi
  • 2020-03-16

Brilliant read

Really did not expect to love this this much or for it to carry such a punch! Honestly, there’s so much explored with many characters in one book and instead of feeling like too much, it’s perfect. 5/5 absolutely loved this, and can’t wait for the adaptation!

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  • FanFiAddict
  • 2020-03-10

Unputdownable

Rating: 8.5/10

Thanks to Audible for a listening copy of The One for review consideration. Receiving this listening copy did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

The One is an unputdownable, multi-layered love story turned psychological thriller that will give you second thoughts about finding the love of your life. Marrs creates characters you will genuinely care about and want to see succeed in finding their true soulmates. This is going to make an excellent Netflix Original Series.

When asked “What are you looking for out of life?”, a vast majority of people would say that they are looking for someone to spend the rest of it with; a soulmate that completes them. A partner who will stick with them through thick and thin, ups and downs, until death do them part. Well, what if that could be given to you? A simple mouth swab and away you go to endless happiness.

Too bad the road to happiness isn’t paved in gumdrops and butterflies. That would actually be pretty messed up if you think about it. Those poor butterflies. But you get the point. Anyone who has ever been in love / is currently in love knows that it isn’t always perfect. You try your best and hope everything works out.

The five (5) different story-lines we follow along do not intertwine, but they do all have one thing in common: secrets. Secrets that are slowly revealed as you progress along, leading to a rip-roaring climax that I am still wrapping my head around. We aren’t talking about your everyday white lies. These are secrets with consequences; some that will completely change the protagonists forever. My only gripe would be that I could never leave my pregnant wife of five (5) years for someone else simply because of a DNA swab. I find that a bit outrageous, but hey, people are crazy and do more inane things than that on a daily basis.

Normally, this type of type of read wouldn’t be my cuppa, but I have become absolutely enamored with Marrs’s novels. He has a penchant for writing engrossing plots with believable characters; slow burns that hit at just the right moments to have you reading into the night. Though I have only read two (2) of his novels, I believe he has a new reader for life.

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  • Amanda Whipp
  • 2019-05-14

Middle of the road.

The concept of this book was very interesting. The execution was— well, I felt a little disappointed. We are introduced to five or so characters who prove that a DNA match to determine your soulmate isn’t always the best in the end. It lags at times and, if it weren’t highly recommended to me, I would probably have stopped listening halfway through.

The book’s layout was odd. It felt like the listener was jerked around from one place to another, because the chapters were short. I quickly got tired of them ending on a cliffhanger; sometimes, I just wanted to fast-forward to the more interesting stories.

There is Ellie, the founder of the company.
Nick, who wants to marry his girlfriend
Jade, whose match is on the other side of the world
Mandy, whose life spirals after finding her match
And Christopher, a serial killing psychopath who is curious to know his match. (You’d think he would be the most interesting, but I struggled with his story. It was alien and offputting.)

There are some odd twists, but they were mostly predictable. And, again, the layout of the book felt choppy. We get between 2-5 minutes of each character’s story before it switches to another.

John Marrs, if you are reading this, it might be better for you to rerelease The One with full stories of each character one after the other.

If you did that instead of send your reader spinning from one character to the next, I probably would have rated this book higher.



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