I'm slightly puzzled, because this book is listed as narrated by Bill Irwin, but there are in fact three narrators. There's another version of this book listed, but I definitely have this one (I clicked through from My Library).
In any case, it's a very readable, pacey book with many of the usual Hornby themes--the banality of relationships, fame and its temptations, music fandom and so forth.
The production is very enjoyable, save for one issue. The way the audio work has been directed requires that each of the narrators do both American and British accents. One of the male American narrators really struggles with the British accent, and to me at least, it's a distraction. I'm no expert on accents, but I've lived in the British Isles and North America, so I'm at least familiar with both.
In any case, it's a relatively minor issue, and perhaps just a personal foible.
It is rare that a book gets me to laugh (and I don't mean smile) out loud. This one did it on more than one occasion. It's a fast story, and one I couldn't wait to pick up again. I'm off to find another Nick Hornby book!
Where do I begin. Great book about music and the strange personalities that are found fandoms across the globe. As usual, characters are gripping and multi-dimensional, without being aloof or, well, fictitious. You feel as if you know everyone in the story.
Didn't feel as if the plot itself was much to speak about. Basically a story about a bunch of people who eventually meet. Nothing really "happens" aside from their emotions and reactions. A character-driven story, in that case, as many of Hornby's are.
Recommended for fans of Anglo-American relations and singer-songwriters.
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I very much enjoyed this novel by Nick Hornsby. The characters were flawed, human enough to be believable and engaging. The plot was somewhat far fetched but different and interesting, the writing was funny and the narration excellent. Even though the story missed a few beats and had a rather anti-climactic ending, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an entertaining, light read.
Hornby's wit and realistic, engaging take on relationships and on aging are as appealing as ever. But the outstanding acting ability/quality of the narration took this to another level: highly recommended!
This book is in three different points of view and i thoroughly enjoyed it. Each of the characters are going through the story with their own dilemmas and you find a way to connect with each of them. This is a story about Music and how it impacts. It also addresses a question many of us have to ask ourselves at one point in our lives. What do we do about all the wasted time? How much weight do people, events and accomplishments hold in those 'wasted' years? I loved this book.
I found it after following the trail beginning with Nick and Norah's Infinite playlist, then Love is a mix tape and now i am on a search for the next book.
I highly recommend spending a credit on this download.
Typical Hornby subject matter: pop culture, emotionally immature men, longing women, confused children. Yet also typical Hornby approach to his subjects, bringing humor, compassion and deep insight into his characters lives and interests. I loved it. The multiple readers were spot on. Bill Irwin was fantastic. It should win an Emmy.
I didn't like the beginning. I almost quit listening because I disliked Duncan so. I'm glad I didn't quit. I will miss Tucker, Annie, and Jackson.
This is just not Hornby's best work. I did not feel any emotional attachment to the characters and at then end, was not so upset that it was over.