Friday, January 26, 2018

Year One by Nora Roberts Audiobook Review


A stunning new novel from the number-one New York Time best-selling author – an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, 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, magic 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.

Audiobook Details
Length: 12 hrs, 20 mins
Narrator: Julia Whelan

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I listened to the audio version of this book and the narration was great.

This book follows the lives of six people as they learn to survive in a post-pandemic world. Governments have fallen, infrastructures are fractured, and families are decimated by disease and corruption. Those that survived somehow had a natural immunity to the virus or a supernatural power in them that thrived in the aftermath.

It’s been a while since I've read one of Nora Roberts books that contain magical elements and this book did not disappoint. The story is a solid read, that gives you hints of what's to come, and then surprises you with more.

I don't want to wait a year for book two, but I have no choice.



NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Maryland.

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Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl).

Her debut novel, My Oxford Year, will be published on 4.24.18 by HarperCollins.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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Mary Jo reviewed her personal copy of Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts, narrated by Julia Whelan for this post.

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