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Juliet, Naked | [Nick Hornby]

Juliet, Naked

Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.
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Publisher's Summary

From the beloved New York Times best-selling author, a quintessential Nick Hornby tale of music, superfandom, and the truths and lies we tell ourselves about life and love.

Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

Tucker's been languishing (and he's unnervingly aware of it), living in rural Pennsylvania with what he sees as his one hope for redemption amid a life of emotional and artistic ruin - his young son, Jackson. But then there's also the new material he's about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet - entitled, Juliet, Naked.

What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a restless, childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one's promise.

©2009 Nick Hornby; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Northern Latitude Lagniappe 12-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "So this is how good an audiobook can be"

    I'm not reviewing the content of the book, quite excellent, especially if you are a Nick Hornby fan, but rather the recording. It was brilliant using the three narrators. I also enjoyed the musical segue ways.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michele MINGO JUNCTION, OH, United States 12-23-09
    Michele MINGO JUNCTION, OH, United States 12-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    I thouroughly enjoyed every bit of this book. The narrators were all fantastic. The characters were so well drawn I felt like I knew them all by the end of the book. It was witty and funny and serious and sad all at the same time. It was an all around excellent effort on Hornby's part. Loved it. Can't say that enought. I'm going to check out his other work now too.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Yennta L.A., CA 12-20-09
    Yennta L.A., CA 12-20-09 Member Since 2004
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    "If you're a fan, this is one of his very best."

    I loved it loved it loved it.
    It's funny, it's sly, it's deep, it's sweet.
    I loved it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Betania Carlsbad, CA, United States 03-19-10
    Betania Carlsbad, CA, United States 03-19-10
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    "Missed the characters terribly after finishing"

    I liked this novel a great deal -had never read anything by Hornby before but it made me want to read other things by him- and the narration with the English and American accents makes it even more enjoyable. I felt the author understood and explained the different characters very well, especially the woman (which surprised me) and the musician. There were many amusing parts, the dialogue and the feelings and motivations of the characters felt true, and I almost felt I became friends with (or at least would want to, in the case of the woman and the older man-musician) the characters. At the end, I wished the book could have been two or three times longer, so as to not have to say goodbye to the characters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09

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    "Very good listen!"

    The three narrators did a wonderful job of exposing the listener to the individual minds of the main characters. If you enjoy Nick Hornby's work, I would highly recommend Juliet, Naked.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 10-10-09
    Peggy San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 10-10-09 Member Since 2004
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    "What a fun book!"

    I'm so glad I discovered the offbeat humor of Nick Hornby. I even laughed when I tried to describe it to friends. What fun!

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    Ross Newcastle, WA, USA 03-17-10
    Ross Newcastle, WA, USA 03-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Story, Great Readers"

    Enjoyed it all. I know people like each of the main characters in the book - they felt very real and the writing was insightful.
    Readers were fantastic - they really pull you in and make you think you are listening to the real characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 03-20-10
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 03-20-10 Member Since 2005
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    "a pleasure"

    I usually like Nick Hornby's writing better than his stories, but in Juliet, Naked, they both come together for a satisfying book. The plot will resonate with anyone who has been or has lived with a rabid fan. Fun, sweet and thoughtful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann The Woodlands, TX, USA 11-12-09
    Maryann The Woodlands, TX, USA 11-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it!"

    This was a really fun listen. Everything about it was great.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Benicia, CA, USA 11-13-09
    Christine Benicia, CA, USA 11-13-09
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    "Do I like anyone in this story?"

    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?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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