Starts slow, finally pulls you in and then you realize you don't really understand or like any of the characters. Maybe a "love story" only men can appreciate?
I enjoy Nick Hornby's books - being a music dork myself, it's fun to see someone else nerd out over the little details behind the making of some of the greatest albums of all time, or even some of the most mediocre. This book takes a look at the stress that being a hardcore fanboy can put on having to exist in the real world in a relationship. They say there are three sides to every story, his side, her side, and the truth, and that's pretty much what's explored here. There is the rabid fanboy who teaches courses at University on his obsession, his girlfriend of over a decade who has been dragged along for the ride, and the musician himself with the real story of his life. It's a pretty quick read that ping-pongs you between a fan's speculation and scrutiny of the tiniest details of his favorite musician's life and career, and the musician's battle to sort out his own real life in the face of these nuts.
So what happened?
These characters are not for everybody, but they were for me. I fell in love with Annie and so badly wanted her to find a lover. I've known Tuckers and they are like dynamite. Recovering alcoholics can go either way and they usually do. My irony. If you are the nurturing type, then once you connect with a characters or several of them, what you want most is to know they ended up okay. I truly believed this lovely story was headed that way. It had everything. For romantics like me, the slowly, awkwardly-developing love story was just what I look for and enjoy. And, I enjoyed it very much.
Annie was my favorite. I loved Annie. Annie had paid her dues and was long overdue for her rewards. She suffered 15 years of the insufferable Malcom, was out of the relationship, opportunity presented itself and, well, we don't know what happened. I am not tolerant of books that start slowly. There is no excuse for it usually. You can hook the reader on the first page. I was an hour into this book, maybe more, and was ready to put it down for good. Then it got good and I listened to it practically straight through. I am not tolerant of books that end badly either. I am not talking about a disaster. I am talking about something akin to watching a movie when you were a child and with 15 minutes to go, your mom sends you upstairs because, well just because. It's late, or something. So, now my mom doesn't send me to bed, I want to know and feel I have the right to how it ends. Anyone who can get the significance of the Blog comments at the end perhaps knows somthing I don't. I didn't get it. So, it is a very good story, nicely told and narrated that starts painfully slowly and then finishes before the end. It's regretable. I am not anything like a novelist, but I feel could have satisfactorily ended the story better in one of about ten different ways, Annie is single and loves Tucker. Tucker is single and loves Annie. Anybody have any ideas here?
I loved Annie and would go to dinner with her. If I had a choice, I'd like to go to dinner with Tucker. I imagine most people would.
In the previous comments, the book can be summarized: a great story, great character development, but starts hopelessly slowly and ends about one to two chapters too soon.
I've read almost all of Nick Hornby - I'm a big fan. As usual he gives you quirky characters and an interesting story. I really enjoyed listening but it was too short. (Sharon)
Say something about yourself!
New to this medium, I wondered when I would find an audiobook that would make me laugh uncontrollably in public. Juliet, Naked is it. Juliet, Naked is the title of the catalyst of the story, an unreleased album.
This is a character driven book and author Hornsby has a real talent for capturing modern relationships, dialog and character. If while listening, a fallible and lost Annie, Tucker or Duncan you actually know doesn't spring to mind, then you probably are one of them. Each of these engaging and human characters will have you rooting for them to 'get it together'.
Although the great Bill Irwin (look him up, you'll probably think "oh, man- Is that his name? I love that guy!) is listed as the narrator, there are actually three fine narrators: one for each of the main characters. I wasn't certain how this would work, preferring a single narrator, but it fits perfectly with the structure of Hornsby's story, enhancing the listening experience.
I'm reserving 5 stars for experiences that blow my mind; listening to Juliet, Naked was only absolutely wonderful.
Nervous about the male narrator, but it was fine. I got this based on other reviews, and I really enjoyed the story. It is always a gamble with new authors but I won out on this one. It is nice to enjoy something that is not my usual fluff books.
I love Nick Hornby so had to give it a chance. This was an interesting story. I really enjoyed the story and loved the characters.
I have read almost everything by Nick Hornby and I am a huge fan of his but this is by far the worst thing I have ever read/listend to by him and in recent memory.
The plot involves a washed out c-list rock musician, a superfan of the musician, and the superfan's girlfriend. The book lacks the humour, character, and cultural references of his other books.
The only real interesting thing I found is the use of wikipedia as a narrative device explaining the career of the fictional rock star.
The narration is fine. I hope Hornby's next book is an improvement on this one.
I thought more of how it compared to real stories than other books.
I adored all of the characters, especially Tucker Crow.
I savored the book at a leisurely pace.
This is unlike other books I read but I found it charming and thought provoking. I highly recommend it, especially to followers of the indie music scene.