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"The smart choice of narrators Emma Galvin (One), Jesse Vilinsky (Two), and Rebecca Soler (Three) as the Mitchell triplets is entertaining in addition to their amazing synergy." (Booklist (starred review)

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

From Laurie Frankel, the New York Times best-selling author of This Is How It Always Is, a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick, comes One Two Three, a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry...and laugh again.

In a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does....

Everyone knows everyone in the tiny town of Bourne, but the Mitchell triplets are especially beloved. Mirabel is the smartest person anyone knows, and no one doubts it just because she can’t speak. Monday is the town’s purveyor of books now that the library’s closed - tell her the book you think you want, and she’ll pull the one you actually do from the microwave or her sock drawer. Mab’s job is hardest of all: get good grades, get into college, get out of Bourne.

For a few weeks seventeen years ago, Bourne was national news when its water turned green. The girls have come of age watching their mother’s endless fight for justice. But just when it seems life might go on the same forever, the first moving truck anyone’s seen in years pulls up and unloads new residents and old secrets. Soon, the Mitchell sisters are taking on a system stacked against them and uncovering mysteries buried longer than they’ve been alive. Because it's hard to let go of the past when the past won't let go of you.

Three unforgettable narrators join together here to tell a spellbinding story with wit, wonder, and deep affection. As she did in This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel has written a laugh-out-loud-grab-a-tissue novel, as only she can, about how expanding our notions of normal makes the world a better place for everyone and how when days are darkest, it’s our daughters who will save us all.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 Laurie Frankel (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • Jeannie M.
  • 21-06-2021

Amazing book with amazing characters.

Best book I’ve read all year.. I fell in love with all the characters and will miss them now that I’m finished.

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  • Barbara S
  • 19-07-2021

fantastic audio production!

I listened to the audio of “One Two Three” by Laurie Frankel and encourage any audio lovers to do the same. The audio production added to the enjoyment of listening to the novel’s three teenage narrators. An added bonus: at the end of the novel there is a discussion with Frankel about how she was inspired to write the story, plus a discussion with the sound editor of Macmillan Audio. I enjoyed listening to what goes into the production of an audio book….from hiring the perfect narrators to melding the three voices into the perfect production.

The Mitchell triplets are the sixteen-year-old narrators. As the story opens, Nora, their mother is giving birth to the girls. She wants the girls to have names that begin with “M” with the first daughter a one syllable name, the second will have two syllables, and the third will have three. It does make it easy to follow the girls, as I remembered who was who based upon their names. Sounds silly, but it works. The first daughter is Mab and she is a basic teen. Monday, the second girl is on the spectrum, and she was my favorite. Her insights are hilarious. Finally, Mirabel is the genius who can’t eat, walk, or talk. She is wheelchair bound and uses a voice activating machine for communicating. We get to hear her inner musings. Because she’s in a wheelchair, people treat her like she’s a piece of furniture, so she hears a lot.

The girls live in a fictious town named Bourne, where 17 years earlier there was a chemical spill in the water supply forcing the main employer to shut down, rendering the town a ghost town. The people who stayed either had cancer, birth defects or other health issues, which the townsfolk believe the chemical spill caused. Nora is on a mission to make the employer pay for the town’s devastation. The people who still live there are a quirky group and add enjoyment to the story.

The girl’s chapters are headed by their birth order. In other words, One’s chapters are Mab’s. Two is Monday, and three is Mirabel. The girls’ lives are upended when the previous owner of the business comes back to Bourne and wants the factory to be reinstated. The owners bring their very handsome sixteen-year-old son, River, with them. Well, there hasn’t been a new person in town EVER, and certainly not a cute boy. The girls are conflicted, as their mother is aghast that the family has returned and she wants nothing more than to expose them and bring them down. Meanwhile, River is a sweet boy who just wants to fit in.

This is a very funny, sweet, and touching story of three sisters who are coming-of-age and wanting to help their mother in righting a wrong. The girls are so much fun. Even Mab, who is normal, brings enjoyment to the reader because she is getting ready for her SAT test and she and her BFF, Petra, are working on vocabulary. The words used, LOL, you will chuckle. Monday will only eat yellow things and wear yellow clothing, unless it’s raining, and then it’s green. She’s the town librarian and has books everywhere, including the microwave (because no one uses the microwave). Mirabel uses her furniture status to gain inside information. Nora, who doesn’t narrate but nonetheless is a quirky character adds charm, as do the eccentric townsfolk.

I enjoyed this as a fun story that is well written. It’s nice to have a story that brings a smile to your face.

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  • Avignon
  • 27-06-2021

Very Good with A Couple Personal Caveats

I love Laurie Frankel - she writes an excellent story. This one was no exception. But I did struggle with the narration. While the narrators did a wonderful job - they ultimately grated on my nerves. I’m very sensitive to sounds, I’m very picky with narration. I’m thinking normal folks will not have a problem. But I was so annoyed (with 4 hours left) that I kept skipping forward. It’s a shame because it’s a great story but my ears were just overloaded. That said - ironically I do feel the narrators were well chosen for the characters. So, yeah - probably just me.

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  • director
  • 16-06-2021

couldn't stop listening. wondrous narration

spellbinding, heart-warming, brilliantly unique voices and narrated uniquely. a story for our times. on the power of girls.

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  • Amazon CustomerDon Fodor
  • 19-07-2021

Brilliant

This a a beautifly written story about sisterhood, family, the power of love. These three young women along with their super hero mother literally save their community while saving themselves.

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  • CHRIS B
  • 01-07-2021

Disappointed

I preordered this novel after being so enchanted by This is Always How it Is. I found the story very slow moving. The characters, except for the three sisters, are not well developed. And the plot was fairly predictable. I found this disappointing.

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  • Trudi
  • 17-06-2021

Spot on narration.

An excellent job with the narration. The story was solid and interesting, the characters well developed. I’d give it a 4 1/2 if I could.

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  • David O
  • 16-07-2021

Great book, great readers

This is an unusual, intriguing, and quite wonderful story, centered on a family of triplets (the One, Two, and Three of the title), their remarkable mother, and a cast of townspeople, all from the town that was poisoned by a chemical company whose effluent went right into the river that flows through town. Multiple birth defects, cancers, and deaths have resulted, and the girls and their mother have fought for 16 years to get justice. The narrators of this audible version are without peer -- each has a distinct voice that beautifully reflects the distinct personalities of these closely enmeshed sibs. The story is exciting, the characters (the girls, their mother, and a number of the townspeople) memorable, and largely admirable and in fact lovable. A wonderful, wonderful book.

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  • C. Crowley
  • 27-07-2021

Terrible!

If you deleted the unnecessary foul language this book would be a Y A novel. The story is absurd the narration is poor. I would not recommend this book. Big waste of time.

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  • A. Chavez
  • 27-07-2021

Beautiful

I love a happy ending. I love empowered women, relationships, and, as a mom of a child with Down Syndrome, I love seeing people with disabilities shown in a favorable light. This book had all of that! So good! So well performed too!

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  • J W
  • 10-06-2021

Another superb book

The story is at times heartbreaking and at times full of joy. It’s imaginative and thoughtful and the characters are well written and presented in ways that help you understand the limits of disabilities whilst demonstrating that society and preconceptions are mostly what disable people, not illnesses and conditions. You could love the main characters, whilst seeing their flaws and the constraints of their 16 year old emotions. It’s a book I could listen to again and would recommend wholeheartedly.

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