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Publisher's Summary

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, read by Russell Tovey.

Nick Hornby's first novel, an international best seller and instantly recognized by critics and readers alike as a classic, helps to explain men to women and men to men.

Rob is good on music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what's decent and what isn't. But he's much less good on relationships. In fact he's not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone. So it's hardly surprising that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.

©2005 Nick Hornby (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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GREAT BOOK BUT THE NARRATOR FAILS IN HIS ACCENTS

Good book, for the main character the narrator is fine but when he does Dick and Barry it's embarrassing for him, but when he does the American Female Recording artist it's TERRIBLE, really really bad, he just can't do a female voice and he really can't do an American female voice, sorry. Otherwise it's a winner. I'd still recommend it though, you just need to put on your cringe coat for those parts

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Good, ultimately heartwarming book

A coming of age story about being mid thirties and getting your shit together. I rate it.

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  • Ashish S.
  • 16-06-2018

Thoroughly engaging

A great book made even better by the narrator's performance. It's one of those rare books that are super fun and yet pretty thoughtful.

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  • warwick jackson
  • 07-12-2017

Brilliant .

Brilliant book. Dangerously close to the reality of relationships and how men think. Nick Hornby 5 stars

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  • Susan Random
  • 26-07-2015

High Fidelity Twenty (One) Years On

I own the paperback of this dating back to the mid 90s when it formed part of the "New Lad" zeitgeist. Although I have now read it at least twice, I thought that I'd give the audiobook version a whirl.

So, the plot: thirty something Rob Fleming, owner of an independent record Shop called 'Championship Vinyl' in Archway, North London, teaches a crunch point on his life when his live-in girlfriend, lawyer Laura leaves him. Cue, heartbreak, introspection and a whole load of 'top 5' lists in that typically male autistic way.

Russell Tovey is an appalling narrator; the worst I'd heard so far in my experience of Audible titles. He places pauses in the wrong places, his vocal cadence is all over the place and he's got a grating tone. I therefore will be avoiding all other titles narrated by him.

Warning: there's a fair amount of swearing in this book, more than I recall really. It's worth noting if you're playing the title out loud at home.

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  • Vincent O'Fiaich
  • 28-04-2016

Great Story full of nostalgia

The book itself is a time (less) classic but narration a bit flat and lifeless

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  • M. SMITH
  • 10-11-2017

One of my favourite stories

I was a little hesitant about this after reading all the negative reviews about the performer. But he’s not bad at all, he doesn’t quite have the range of Nigel Planer (who narrated the abridged version years ago), but he’s still good. The story is supposed to be voiced by the main character Rob, who is from Hertfordshire and lives in North London, and the narrator gets his accent spot on. The story is so good though that Joe Pasquale could be narrating it and I’d still listen!

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  • Emma
  • 01-07-2015

terrible

boring story line and badly read. Kept hoping things would pick up and they didn't. Very disappointing.

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  • Mr. Michael J. Rowland
  • 14-05-2015

Terrible narrator

Love this story, one of my favourite books however the narration is terrible. What is with all the long pauses in the middle of sentences??

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  • Daniel
  • 20-07-2015

A modern classic

Really enjoyed this book, although I am a huge fan of the film, it's not often that a film is as good as the book, but in this case they are both brilliant. Nick really gets you deep into the psychosis of a/ 35yr old single man!

Russel Tovey does a great job narrating, even if he does sound like Jack Dee occasionally!

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  • alex_holmes_367
  • 17-07-2015

Bliss

One of my all time favourite films (yes it's one on my list) and I feel quite ashamed that I have only just got round to the book. It was mesmerising, a treasure in my collection and one I will listen to again and again.

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  • Meg
  • 25-11-2020

Simply great

After the abusive treatment this book got in the movies I didn’t have much hope for the Audible version. But it is brilliantly narrated and feels authentic to North London where I grew up. My personal favourite Hornby novel, so I admit bias. An in depth and unfashionably sympathetic delve into the male psyche. It is often not a pretty place to look, but it is real.

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  • Mike S.
  • 08-10-2020

Music Titles, music titles, music titles .....

Although I'm fairly old, so old that I remember 'Music shops' and"ordering 'Vinyl' there were many, many references to music titles which meant very little to me. In my humble opinion, there was much too much of this, deflecting from the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-2019

Man behaving badly, naked and vulnerable

Along with Fever Pitch and About a Boy. High Fidelity forms a trilogy of late 20th century masculinity or lack of same. A must for every man, to laugh and cry at himself, and for every woman, so as to run away as fast as possible... or get one as a pet.

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