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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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Sweet song of disappointment

Sometimes we get to midlife and we discover the anthem is not a proud, "I did it my way!" But instead more of a what if and how did...nick hornby's characters find themselves facing the mess they have made of their lives.

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  • LS
  • Berkeley, CA. USA
  • 04-02-15

Another solid story from Mr. Hornby

I've been a long time fan of Nick Hornby having read all his novels. I adore his distinctive British humor, but more importantly his very interesting and complex male characters. As a woman -- especially one who has a wonderful father, brother, husband and two sons -- I dislike the way men are often portrayed as unthinking buffoons. Mr. Hornby refuses to go down that road and is why I love his stories. Juliet, Naked does not disappoint. All the characters are interesting and flawed, but not exasperatingly so. This production is brilliant in using multiple narrators to convey the various points of view and musical cues to signal these changes. Very well done.

PS - when my sons get older I plan on making them read the entire Nick Hornby library -- especially "Slam".

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  • YogaDream
  • Chicago, Illinois United States
  • 01-11-14

Phenomenal.

Would you consider the audio edition of Juliet, Naked to be better than the print version?

The audio version really brought the story to life. At first, I was skeptical about the different voices used to represent the three main characters, but I soon realized how wonderful and vivid they made the listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the audio brought the perspectives of the main characters into focus. Of course, I love Nick Hornby's writing. He makes me laugh out loud!

Have you listened to any of Bill Irwin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time I've ever listened to a Bill Irwin performance. I enjoyed it very much.

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

The book made me laugh, mostly. It was really touching and funny.

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A fun, quick read - fanboy meets reality.

I enjoy Nick Hornby's books - being a music dork myself, it's fun to see someone else nerd out over the little details behind the making of some of the greatest albums of all time, or even some of the most mediocre. This book takes a look at the stress that being a hardcore fanboy can put on having to exist in the real world in a relationship. They say there are three sides to every story, his side, her side, and the truth, and that's pretty much what's explored here. There is the rabid fanboy who teaches courses at University on his obsession, his girlfriend of over a decade who has been dragged along for the ride, and the musician himself with the real story of his life. It's a pretty quick read that ping-pongs you between a fan's speculation and scrutiny of the tiniest details of his favorite musician's life and career, and the musician's battle to sort out his own real life in the face of these nuts.

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Juliet Naked-Could'a used her

If you could sum up Juliet, Naked in three words, what would they be?

So what happened?

What did you like best about this story?

These characters are not for everybody, but they were for me. I fell in love with Annie and so badly wanted her to find a lover. I've known Tuckers and they are like dynamite. Recovering alcoholics can go either way and they usually do. My irony. If you are the nurturing type, then once you connect with a characters or several of them, what you want most is to know they ended up okay. I truly believed this lovely story was headed that way. It had everything. For romantics like me, the slowly, awkwardly-developing love story was just what I look for and enjoy. And, I enjoyed it very much.

Which character – as performed by Bill Irwin – was your favorite?

Annie was my favorite. I loved Annie. Annie had paid her dues and was long overdue for her rewards. She suffered 15 years of the insufferable Malcom, was out of the relationship, opportunity presented itself and, well, we don't know what happened. I am not tolerant of books that start slowly. There is no excuse for it usually. You can hook the reader on the first page. I was an hour into this book, maybe more, and was ready to put it down for good. Then it got good and I listened to it practically straight through. I am not tolerant of books that end badly either. I am not talking about a disaster. I am talking about something akin to watching a movie when you were a child and with 15 minutes to go, your mom sends you upstairs because, well just because. It's late, or something. So, now my mom doesn't send me to bed, I want to know and feel I have the right to how it ends. Anyone who can get the significance of the Blog comments at the end perhaps knows somthing I don't. I didn't get it. So, it is a very good story, nicely told and narrated that starts painfully slowly and then finishes before the end. It's regretable. I am not anything like a novelist, but I feel could have satisfactorily ended the story better in one of about ten different ways, Annie is single and loves Tucker. Tucker is single and loves Annie. Anybody have any ideas here?

If you could take any character from Juliet, Naked out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I loved Annie and would go to dinner with her. If I had a choice, I'd like to go to dinner with Tucker. I imagine most people would.

Any additional comments?

In the previous comments, the book can be summarized: a great story, great character development, but starts hopelessly slowly and ends about one to two chapters too soon.

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Didn't want it to end

I've read almost all of Nick Hornby - I'm a big fan. As usual he gives you quirky characters and an interesting story. I really enjoyed listening but it was too short. (Sharon)

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  • Julie
  • Milan, OH, United States
  • 03-08-12

Worth the credit. A little quirky

I love Nick Hornby so had to give it a chance. This was an interesting story. I really enjoyed the story and loved the characters.

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  • Robert
  • Surrey, BC, Canada
  • 01-19-12

Worst Nick Hornby Book

I have read almost everything by Nick Hornby and I am a huge fan of his but this is by far the worst thing I have ever read/listend to by him and in recent memory.

The plot involves a washed out c-list rock musician, a superfan of the musician, and the superfan's girlfriend. The book lacks the humour, character, and cultural references of his other books.

The only real interesting thing I found is the use of wikipedia as a narrative device explaining the career of the fictional rock star.

The narration is fine. I hope Hornby's next book is an improvement on this one.

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  • Liatris
  • Salem, OR, United States
  • 09-04-11

enjoyable listen

I love it when I laugh out loud with "my ears" on. I did during Juliet Naked. This story is a little romance, without being steamy. Instead, it has these endearing characters who you really want to be happy, but they are all sort of mistfitty. The glee I felt when Annie started an e-mail conversation with her boyfriend's idol was so good. The resolution as told through blog postings was delightful. A fun listen with good narration.

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  • Leslie
  • East Windsor, NJ, United States
  • 07-15-11

Ugh!

Bought this book because it was on sale and I read the great reviews. I tried to get into it twice and finally gave up. Boring beginning, uninteresting characters. I don't have the time to wait for it to get better. Save your money and your credits and skip this book.