When Annie hates Tucker's 'new release', a terrible demo of his most famous album, it's the last straw - Duncan cheats on her and she promptly chucks him.
Via an Internet discussion forum, Annie's harsh opinion reaches Tucker himself, who couldn't agree more. He and Annie start an unlikely correspondence that teaches them both something about moving on from years of wasted time.
Nick Hornby's compelling new novel, four years after A Long Way Down, is about the nature of creativity and obsession, and how two lonely people can gradually find each other.
©2009 Nick Hornby; (P)2009 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., and Penguin Books Ltd
"He should write for England." (Observer)
"Hornby writes with a funny, fresh voice which skewers male and female foibles with hilarious accuracy." (Guardian)
"Hornby is a fine writer, swift and pointed, with a lighter more mischevious heart than he lets on, and more sympathy for the devil than he admits to." (New York magazine)
Nobody has the skill like Nick Hornby to describe normal people and their un-normalities. It's like he has a deep respect for the very human stuff. Really enjoyed this story, its characters and the language. Made me laugh out loud, as well as think about the concept of wasting time.
Hornby is a first-class writer and this book didn't disappoint. It was sweet and wry and full of lots of humor - a lot of it based on UK/US differences. Some other reviewers said they thought the book lost its way a little when Tucker appeared, but I thought it continued to be interesting as it explored his life. I laughed out loud a couple of time and have listened to the book twice. Love it!
I was disappointed in this book. I loved About a Boy but this book just felt like a few rewoven threads in similar shades of beige for boredom, mustard yellow for self-deception and pretense and amber for some glimpses of real people set in stone. I finished the book still hoping, but deleted it off my kindle feeling sludgy.
The story starts a little slow and you might start to think the characters are too boring to bother with - this changes. Well worth a listen.
This is the second Nick Hornby audiobook I have listened to (the other was 'Slam') and I have absolutely loved both. The narration here is flawless and suits the novel perfectly. This audiobook lived up to what I have come to expect from Nick Hornby - funny, witty, sad and very engaging.
I've read a few Nick Hornby books and enjoyed them all. I guess that I was expecting more from this one. The readers were great though. It certainly made a long drive a lot easier.
This smart, funny novel is really brought to life by a team of three fantastic narrators. Horby creates characters you recognize instantly (for example, the obsessed geek-fan engaged in endless online analysis with twelve other obsessed geek-fans), but his language is so fresh and vivid and amusing that you don't really know where the story is going, and even when you do have a pretty good idea where it's going, you're surprised by how he gets there or by what you notice along the way. I absolutely loved the narration -- the narrators seemed perfectly matched to the characters and were dynamic and completely engaging.
Great narrators and excellent story. It is a book I would most probably never read in hard copy (plus I am not a big fan of Nick Hornby) but after a bit of a slow start I was hooked. It was such a pleasure to listen to. Sort of deep, but in a positive way. Light read, but not stupid. Highly recommended.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.