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Audiobook Review

Year One

Chronicles of The One, #1
Nora Roberts
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average rating is 4 out of 5
average rating is 4 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


X-Men Meets Once Upon A Time


🧡 This is truly escapist fiction, following the survivors of a major pandemic. And in particular those who come away with magical powers. It was fun experiencing the characters realising they possess powers and coming to terms with this new part of their identities as witches and pixies, fairies and psychics and much more besides.

💛 I think the world divides are well portrayed. Not just the split between those with power and those without, but also in a battle between good and evil. I was particularly enthralled by the turning of one character.

💚 There's a slight cringe-factor in some of the soppier bits. The romance and righteousness could do with some drying off, but a YA/romance fan will love it. Also, I did still enjoy this despite all of that.


Julia Whelan is always a great companion on an epic adventure. She brings out all the quirkiness and comedy to maximum effect, while managing to exude a dreamy quality when it's called for.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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Year One


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.
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