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High Fidelity Audiobook
High Fidelity
Written by: 
Nick Hornby
Narrated by: 
David Cale
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High Fidelity Audiobook

High Fidelity

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Publisher's Summary

Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store in London. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the clerks at his store who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...), top five Elvis Costello songs (Alison...), and top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe its just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that a life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CDs that this implies, might not be so bad.

©1995 Nick Hornby; (P)1998 Putnam Berkley Audio

What the Critics Say

"Told in an engaging first-person voice that blends sarcasm with self-deprecating humor, High Fidelity presents a painfully funny take on love, music, and growing up." (Library Journal)
"Hornby's amazingly accomplished debut should definitely appeal to music fans (and snobs), but it's his literate, painfully honest riffs on romantic humiliation and heartbreak that make the book so special. A rare, touching glimpse of the masculine view of affairs of the heart." (Booklist)

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    Chad 03-09-13
    Chad 03-09-13
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    What did you like best about High Fidelity? What did you like least?

    This book is filled with fantastic lists (Music, movies, and great loves). Quick and fun read that touches on friendships, passion for music and relationships in a realistic and funny way.

    The co-workers in the record shop make the book. The book makes you remember the horrible feelings of breaking up (in a funny way, not depressing) and the unique thoughts you have when that happens. The breaking up phase comes in different stages and this book nails them all.

    A good short Sunday read. The movie (same name starring John Cusack and Jack Black) nails the books character and tangents too if you wanted to watch instead of reading it.

    The Narrator was bad though...


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    JTN 07-23-12
    JTN 07-23-12
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    "Helped me cope"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to Hornby's work is always time well spent. I was disappointed to hear that several good parts were omitted (that's the downside to "abridged").I was stuck in a massive heatwave while visiting relatives in Indiana. Nightly listens to this audiobook helped me forget about the blast furnace outside my hotel window.Next time I'll remember to pack my copy of the book, which I left at home on my nightstand.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was not the biggest fan of the narrator. Yes, I understand that the book takes place in England (and not Chicago, like the film), but the narrator did the worst job of making up voices for the other characters. He should have just stuck with his own voice instead of holding his nose to create the voices of his fellow record store pals. Don't get me started on his Texas accent...


    Could you see High Fidelity being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Already has!


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    Jenna Urusky 02-20-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Love it except for one thing"

    I love this book completely with one exception....the narrator's "southern drawl" is intolerable. But the good news is that character's appearances are sparse, so its worth suffering through.

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    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 02-15-11
    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2010

    part time gourmet, full time nerd

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    "Great Story, Bad Narrator"

    The story is great, very similar to the movie. The narrator is not very enthusiastic and the recording quality is terrible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-21-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-21-10 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Not quite as good"

    With Cusak and Jack Black, the movie was great but nevertheless, the audiobook was still enjoyable and overall, I thought the narration was really good too.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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