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About A Boy | [Nick Hornby]

About A Boy

Will does not want children, but he does see the point of single mothers, especially if they look like Julie Christie. When he meets Marcus, whose parents have split up and who is being persecuted by bullies, Will finds that he has a lot to learn.
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Publisher's Summary

Will does not want children, but he does see the point of single mothers, especially if they look like Julie Christie. When he meets Marcus, whose parents have split up and who is being persecuted by bullies, Will finds that he has a lot to learn.

©1998 Nick Hornby (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Michael Dillman 08-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Charming story, even if you've already seen movie."
    What made the experience of listening to About A Boy the most enjoyable?

    Julian Rhind-Tutt's delivery was great. Considering I had already seen the movie with Hugh Grant as the protagonist, it was nice to have the book read by someone who gave off a very similar demeanor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of About A Boy?

    Of course, the most memorable moment has to be Dead Duck Day.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

    Will and Marcus are both great. It's their relationship that makes this story so interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Simply put, I just enjoy the story. The way the rag-tag band of characters, each with their own flaws, end up mingling together into an ultimately tight-knit crew is a fun journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book for an enjoyable read with an assortment of interesting characters with an assortment of interesting flaws.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 06-29-11
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great STORY"

    i really like this author.. this story is funny and it doesnt get boring.. the kid is funny. i like the characters.. although i am starting to think this author may like writing about suicide.. lol.. all in all good book.. im getting another one by the same author.. i like the english style of talking.. its refreshing at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bjerkana Australia 04-06-14
    Bjerkana Australia 04-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Love the outdoors and like to spirit a good book or audiobook into my pack. Live in the bush, grow much of my food and make stuff by hand.

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    "Funny and poignant"

    This delightful book brings together an unlikely collection of characters. It tells a story full of the human side of contemporary stereotypes - a slightly autistic, bright boy who is bullied at school, his depressed single mother, his intellectual father who has left for another woman, a man living a Peter Pan existence on inherited wealth, concentrating only on fostering his "cool" image and finding women to date. The characters are so alive and engaging and the story so full of compassion and humour that the often dark events take on a positive slant. Julian Rhind-Tutt's performance is like a radio play, each character having his own distinct and appropriate voice and the action moving forward with hilarious clarity. I loved this book and immediately went looking for more by the same author and the same narrator.

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    Belle Australia 06-21-14
    Belle Australia 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly charming"
    Any additional comments?

    Will is an awful, self-centred, lazy, unemployed, rich, bored, philandering 36-year-old man child. Marcus is a sweet, weird, bullied, lonely 12-year-old boy with a suicidal mum and an absent dad. The two don't have anything in common but when Marcus latches on to Will, both their lives change forever. I wasn't sure that I would like About a Boy, because the only other Nick Hornby I've read was High Fidelity which I sadly hated. I had the impression Hornby generally writes the same type of unlikeable anti-hero, and while that was certainly the case here, I found the book overall to be very charming. I think it helped that the chapters were split between focusing on Will and on Marcus. It was Marcus' story that particularly got under my skin. I felt for the little weirdo, and I loved watching the development of his relationship with Will and the way they affected each other. The one drawback for me was that it seemed like Marcus had almost changed TOO much by the end. But I liked the way these two damaged characters helped and healed each other. The narration by Julian Rhind-Tutt was very good, and his voice for Marcus was particularly well done. It had the right touch of wonder and childishness without sounding ridiculous. About a Boy was a really great audiobook - I might even have to give Hornby's other books a go now.

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    Sheila Warren, OH, United States 06-07-14
    Sheila Warren, OH, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2005

    Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.

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    "Not THAT kind of love story"

    About a Boy is a warm and witty story about what people do when faced with a life they find unacceptable. Will has charm, money, and cool, but his life has begun to feel meaningless. Fiona struggles with the loneliness of being a single mother. Fiona's son Marcus just wants the bullies to leave him alone and for his mother to stop crying. When a summer outing ends in near tragedy, Will and Marcus begin to forge bonds that will reshape all of their lives for the better, through some of the most embarrassing and awkward ways imaginable. This book is NOT a romance, and it is all the better for it. Painful and delicate topics are handled with warmth and humor. The characters are flawed, but not irredeemable. It is a joy to see them stretch and grow to become the people they want to be, and I whole-heartedly support the premise that we all need a community of caring friends to thrive.

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    deborah kossman 04-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up About A Boy in three words, what would they be?

    Coming of age story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of About A Boy?

    The conversations between the boy, Marcus and the adults


    Any additional comments?

    Very easy listening.... The story is I mean. If you are not used to the British accent it might take you a little getting used to. You may need to reduce the speed.

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    "GCSE Text"

    A well written/read text with a wide range of techniques used throughout the book making it an ideal narrative text to study for GCSE. The dual narrative captures the reader's interest, teamed with a punchy, fast-flowing and enthralling storyline. A great book and an easy read/listen!

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