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  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (889 ratings)

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Year One

By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Editorial reviews

Editors Select, December 2017

Best-selling author Nora Roberts' new postapocalyptic dystopian fantasy novel is a departure from the romance fiction for which she's known (or the suspense of her alter ego, J. D. Robb), but it showcases the masterful storytelling that fans know and love while embracing the kind of world-building called for in this genre. Julia Whelan's nuanced narration captures Roberts' wide swath of characters and their authentic relationships. When the earth succumbs to a new plague, otherworldly powers manifest, and humans traits come in both life-affirming and monstrous ways in the first of a promising series. —Abby, Audible Editor

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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.

©2017 Nora Roberts (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Worrh a read but little depth or subtlety

I picked this book because I enjoy post-apocalyptic story-lines. This sets up an interesting premise based on magic but the characters are a little stereotyped and the plot somewhat predictable.

I may read the second book in this series if I have a strong desire for an undemanding tale.

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A bit disappointing.

Although well written and narrated I did find this a bit slow to start. Don't think I'll bother with the next in series though, I felt the story line needed a bit more work the middle was fine but significant events towards the end were rushed and after getting to know all these characters they just get abandoned as we follow Lana to her next encounter. definitely won't be going on the repeat listening pile. sorry.

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Fantastic

This book was great thrilling plot and interesting characters I cant wait to read more hurry up year 2

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Fantastic Read

Best book I have listened to for a long time. Beautiful energy to the characters.

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Good Read

Good but not fantastic. Takes a while to get into it but definately worth finishing.

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Great read

The Narrator was fantastic, i thoroughly enjoyed the book x Very different for Nora Roberts but so great!

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Upon finishing the first book I bought the 2nd

Very interesting plot, I was dubious about the mix of pandemic and magic....but I was proven wrong.
Nice little twists.
Easy listening.
Narrator is phenomenal.

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Great read.

This book reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King initially so I enjoyed it very much and can’t wait for Book Two.

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Not a dull moment

Loved this from start to finish, nothing like anything of he rs I have read in the past.

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Omg

Wow calm then the storm then peace then wam ! Blood death fear never a dull spot so Exhilarating

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