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Editorial Reviews

Jess Thomas is a single mother, working two jobs to support her two children. Her daughter has a facility for maths, but needs more support to develop her talents, while her son is falling victim to bullies at school. Ed Nicholls is a man with problems, escaping a difficult past and facing an uncertain future. When these two lonely adults meet, he offers to help Jess and her family out. Bestselling author Jojo Moyes’s offbeat love story about two lonely people’s worlds colliding, The One Plus One, is now out in audiobook format from Audible, read by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton and Steven France.

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jojo Moyes’s The One Plus One, read by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and Steven France. The One Plus One is the beautiful, poignant, and utterly compelling new novel by the internationally best-selling author Jojo Moyes.

One single mum. With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to....

One chaotic family. Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking....

One handsome stranger. Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

One unexpected love story. The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for 10 years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, The Last Letter From Your Lover, winner of Spring 2012’s most popular Richard, and Judy Book Club title Me Before You and most recently The Girl you Left Behind. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

©2014 Jojo Moyes (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Jojo Moyes:

“Majestic, utterly compelling, tremendous. A heart-stopping read” (Independent on Sunday)
“Truly beautiful. Made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it” (Closer)
“A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you’ll need a box of tissues” (Elle)

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Fun Fiction

This book surprised me. I didn't have high expectations, so perhaps that's what helped this book lighten my week. The author crafted well rounded child characters, which I find doesn't often happen in this sort of fiction (the focus is always on the adults). I was rooting for Jess and her family to succeed, and despite the publisher's description of Geeky Ed being obnoxious, I didn't find that at all. I think Authors sometimes find it hard to write characters that do have deficient personalities but don't totally alienate those around them, just like people in real life, but Moyes really managed that here with all the characters. The performance was great, I loved the readers for the kids and appreciated the change of actor for each character, it made it much easier to follow as an AudioBook.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

Loved the humanity of this book. The story was never slow or boring. Every now and again you need to read something that gives you hope for the human race and this book does.

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Stick with it!

Thoroughly enjoyed, though nearly gave up in the beginning. Sooo glad I didn't! Lovely story.

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Great story

Finished the book in 3 days - sign of a good book. Many great characters.

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Great read

Excellent book. Well read and flowed beautifully. Sorry it ended! Look forward to reading another.

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Definitely unusual; but in the best possible way.

I've been wanting to read/listen to a Jojo Moyes story for such a long time and finally got around to this one.

What drew me to this one was the rather unique plot, can't say I was sold on the Jess and Ed falling in love storyline in such a short space of time.... but in the end I didn't mind it too much. The fact that there was a rather clichéd misunderstanding causing angst and short period of separation made it more believable.

What I really did love about this was how the narration switched from Jess to Ed to the kids. I really enjoyed the developing story of Tanzie and Nicky. How much rotten luck can a family have??? Still, absolutely gripping, and I particularly loved the development of Nicky's character throughout the story. Ed's story was rather fascinating as well, but god damn did he have a sucky taste in women! Think Jess was the pick of the bunch by a mile!

It was the perfect combination of the story and narration hooking you in with each page, I absolutely loved it! It would've been interesting to see it played out had they not got together.... or had, but regretted it. Then again, it wouldn't necessarily be called The One Plus One then would it?

Well done Jojo Moyes, I can see why you're so popular!

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Extremely easy listening and and enjoyable story

Would you listen to The One Plus One again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the story line. I loved that there were different readers for different characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line flowed easily, the characters were also easy to relate to.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Chapter 5. Nicky!

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Great story

Love this author. Great, original story. I like that each character's chapter has its own narrator. Definitely worth a listen.

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great read

another good book from Jo jo Moyes. interesting characters with a wonderful ending. very enjoyable.

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Most enjoyable

Having read/listened to
other good books by this author, I felt it a safe choice. I was not let down by the interesting characters and storyline and it held my interest to the finish. I would recommend it to my friends as it is far better than books they recommend to me.
The narration was good, although it took me quite a while to adjust to the sing-song audio voice of the child. I would have preferred a less childish narration of the character Costanza.
That being said, overall it was satisfying audio book.

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  • Kathryn @theBookDate
  • 10-01-2015

Wonderful. Excellent Narration

This is my first book ever by Jojo Moyes and I believe it was a good introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I mainly listen to audiobooks while walking, this book had me talking out loud to the characters, smiling at the world and discreetly wiping away some tears.

This is probably the first time I have listened to a book with four narrators, the book tells the story from the point of view of four characters- Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and Ed. After a few moments of discomfort these narrators became the characters, and I am sure that they totally enhanced this book for me. I give them all top marks for bringing these characters alive in my imagination.

Jess is an amazing woman, she has a husband who has deserted any sense of responsibility and disappeared, she has little money but works hard to support her small mismatched family. Money problems dog her much of the way, at one point she makes an error of judgement, however the way she handles that had me applauding her. She is a great mother and Nicky and Tanzie are very fortunate to have her.

I also loved how the children Nicky and Tanzie were very much part of this story with their challenges of growing up and being their true selves. Norman the dog completes the family, and does he come to the party when it really matters - you bet! Big and slobbery but well loved and included in the family.

Ed is almost against his will in the beginning sucked up into this family when he joins them to help them take a step to help Tanzie achieve a dream. They take a car journey together across country which turns out to be no picnic but all the same things happen! Loved the way Ed helped Nicky and Tanzie.

A heart warming emotional read, where honesty, family, personal growth and change and small kindnesses stand out.

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  • Aimee
  • 28-05-2014

Heart warming story

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all of them but my Favorite would be Nikki

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a few but I don't want to give anything that happens in the book away. I did laugh and cry though

Any additional comments?

This is my second Jojo Moyers book and I wasn't disappointed! I listened to "Me before you" and this one was just as good. You sort of knew what was going to happen but that didn't matter! It was just lovely and I can't wait to get stuck into another one of her books

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  • Bjerkana
  • 07-10-2014

Predictable but sweet

This is a "true romance" with a twist. The characters are a little out of the ordinary, especially the little girl who is brilliant at maths. The story isn't entirely believable but you want it to be true because it's a sweet situation. You know from the beginning that the woman and man who can't stand each other at the start will get together in the end but the process of getting there is a little different from your average romance. Overall an enjoyable piece of escapism.
The use of different narrators to read as the different characters was initially a little distracting but worked overall. The narrators were fairly good.

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  • Lorna
  • 18-06-2014

Delightful....

I have never read a Jojo Moyes book before, I'm not sure why, but I suppose I haven't stumbled across one.. But now I have.. I will read more of her books. This was one of the most delightful books that I have read in a long time.
The fact that the narration was done from 4 different character's perspectives and drew the story into real life. The narrators were believable, not forced and honestly good.
I loved Jess, Ed, Nicky and Tansy.. They were all delightfully real, with their own flaws that related a story of tanacity, never gicing up and looking at the positive.
And of course there was Norman, I'm a complete sucker for a dog in a story.. And this is a DOG.. a big, black, hairy, floppy, drooling, disobedieent dog.
have a listen.. you wont waste yor money... ENJOY!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-2018

Jo jo moyes

I always enjoy her books and this one certainly hasn’t disappointed
Absolutely terrific as an audio book
I would highly recommend

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  • Yvonne
  • 25-02-2018

Very good book!

I really enjoyed the book !! It was easy listening. I could not put it down!

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  • athena williams
  • 06-11-2017

I loved this book

I am a huge Jo Jo Moyes fan and this book does not disappoint. I love the realness of all of the characters (with a extra soft spot for Norman who reminds me of my boy). There were bits that made me laugh out loud (to the bemusement of passersby's on my walk) and others that made me cry and randomly hug my family.
The narration is easy on the ear, compelling and whilst I was so looking forward to the ending, (I was rooting for each of the characters for different reasons), I am sad it's over. I feel like I know this family and I am going to miss them.

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  • Liora Drori
  • 15-11-2016

Sheer enjoyment

This is a fun sensitive and enjoyable story, even though it is not as enjoyable and touching as her Me Before You book. i really enjoyable reading Jojo Moyes..

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  • Ron
  • 31-08-2016

Poor Single Mum and wealthy guy

If you could sum up The One Plus One in three words, what would they be?

class conflicts, hope

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A lively presentation with differing voices for the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to it in its entirety on an aeroplane flight

Any additional comments?

It is a simple, but touching story which is easy to read.

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  • Charlotte
  • 24-04-2016

When you really need a good book

This is a lovely book! I loved it from the start, snd the way the different characters are given life through the voices of the readers is great. Perfect casting! And the story makes you feel good!