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The One

Written by: John Marrs
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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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Love the book

Very exciting. Kept me wanting more whole time. I couldn’t put it down whole time

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ASCH16
  • 2018-02-21

nope

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

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  • Yikes
  • 2019-06-16

Sooooo Good

Twist upon twist upon twist - Some you might guess but most you won't. Such an unusual interesting look into something that could believably happen in the future. I raced through this book and enjoyed every part of it.

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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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  • EPBJ
  • 2019-05-29

Addictive, Thrilling, Excellent

The concept of finding your one true love takes a thrilling twist as you follow the stories of multiple characters all linked by their desire to find the one. Just when you think you’ve sorted out the ending, something surprising appears. Is it DNA, fate, true love, or just chance drawing couples together? I can’t wait to discuss the layers of this story at book club. This is one book I’d read again.

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  • LASONYA BURROUGHS
  • 2019-05-23

What is love?

This book was recommended to me by a friend and it did not disappoint. Although the scenario of the book was fictional (that soul mates could be found through their DNA), it made me question my idea about love and soul mates. Must read!

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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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  • Kelly
  • 2019-04-27

Hooked me from the very beginning

Not my usual genre, but this one grabbed me right off the bat and wouldn't let go. Every time I thought I had a handle on what was going on, another twist would get thrown into the story. Fantastic narrators, and wonderful plot.