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A Long Way Down | [Nick Hornby]

A Long Way Down

'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: He has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all.... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then 18-year-old Jess, and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you.
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Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby's hilarious best seller about strangers and secrets, now a major motion picture starring Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan.

'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?'

For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: He has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all.... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then 18-year-old Jess, and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

©2014 Nick Hornby (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 05-26-14
    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 05-26-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Another nice story bug Nick Hornsby"
    What would have made A Long Way Down better?

    I didn't like the ending... I hoped for more.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wouldn't't believe it.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Martin, he was a great performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The characters were great, the plot line wasn't.


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  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Great cast of characters"

    I like authors who give their characters depth and credibility. I enjoy finding out what is going on in people's heads, which is why I like autobiographies and memoirs. Nick throws a fascinating cast together and then we get to observe what happens next. A bit like Big Brother with substance and a plot.

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  • Joakim Hermansson
    Falun, Sweden
    7/7/14
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    "Dead pan Hornby makes life worth living"
    Would you listen to A Long Way Down again? Why?

    The development of adaptations through actors were never better. The story hinges on the characters' differences on the Surface, and with Hornby's sensitive and loving humour they all come to life through perfect casting. As always, Hornby makes me see the joy of life and the beauty of people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessie is so sad, wanting more out of life, trying all the time and mixes geniality with less fortunate choices, with an insecure and warm heart beating inside.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Characterisation, which was both tender, funny and distinct, making the most of Hornby's words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/1/14
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    "Mildly entertaining...."

    How to begin a review of a group of people inadvertently meeting up on the roof of a building with an aim in common!!! – to commit suicide – or not, to commit suicide – as none of them are very committed to the task!!! However, the individual stories that come about in the hereafter that led them to the path/stairs at the top of the building are somewhat amusing. I didn’t find the stories particularly funny, in fact the biggest titter from me came when they all sat around eating someone elses pizza!!! It is, I suppose a fairly amusing story and I would be happy to give it a decent scoring, but basically it is a take it or leave it book. Mildly entertaining – perhaps the film is better!!!

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  • Mrs C
    Scotland
    4/10/14
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    "the film should be good"
    Where does A Long Way Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its worth listening to. the characters are all portrayed in different chapters. its a very well written book and the narrators are great. feel good, funny, sad, and generally makes you feel like your life isn't so bad after all.
    i'll go and see the film now for comparison!


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  • Kate
    sheffield, United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "An enjoyable performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Long Way Down the most enjoyable?

    The four narrators of A Long Way Down gave it a great flow. Each gave their character a realistic personality and depth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The varied perspectives of each character, and their personal story behind what brought them to the roof of a tower block on NYE, made for an interesting read. The shortness of each chapter made it difficult to stop listening.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Each narrator had a distinct accent/speaking style, making the book more of a performance than if the book had been read.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending seemed a little abrupt, I was half expecting the "you have reached the end of this part but not the end of the audiobook" from the audible voice. I'm night sure if this is just because I tend to listen to books over 20 hours, or if I'd gotten so immersed in the story I hadn't expected it to end without a little more detail.

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