• About a Boy

  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (200 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $28.00

Buy for $28.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures.

Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women - women who would not ordinarily look twice at Will - might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something. Single mothers - bright, attractive, available women - thousands of them, were all over London. He just had to find them.

SPAT: Single Parents - Alone Together. It was a brilliant plan. And Will wasn't going to let the fact that he didn't have a child himself hold him back. A fictional two-year-old named Ned wouldn't be the first thing he'd invented. And it seems to go quite well at first, until he meets an actual 12-year-old named Marcus, who is more than Will bargained for...

©2014 Nick Hornby (P)2014 Penguin Audio

What listeners say about About a Boy

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    118
  • 4 Stars
    50
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    103
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    6
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    112
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Like the movie, love the book

I hate it when I see a movie first and then read or listen to a book only to find out what I lived was added in Hollywood. This was NOT that situation. The movie is wonderful and I will always love it, but I am happy to report that the book provides more depth and resolution to each of the characters that I loved in the movie as well as insight from different perspectives. So glad I took the chance on it!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

love the movie, love the book, love the audio!

I fell in love with the film first, and read the book when I was in high school. I wanted to reread the book and decided to try out the audiobook. I STILL love the story, and found that I got more out of it as a late twenty-something than I did as a 16 year old. I really enjoyed the narrator. His voice reminded me of Hugh Grant's (who played Will in the film) and that helped set the tone - especially on Will's chapters.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a feast of vulnerabilities!

This was the most satisfying Audible experience I've had, yet. I wish I could meet these characters in person. Marcus and Will and Fiona are the people you see in the grocery store, at the restaurant, in the car you're trying to pass. We get to experience the brilliant spectrum of thoughts and emotions of each which constructs this gorgeous kaleidoscope experience.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

brilliant

A story about when it is right to be incredibly intospective and self aware and when is it healthy to drop all that and live on the surface, and when the reverse is true too. Totally worth the journey.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • E
  • 07-25-22

Love the book and the movie!

I grew up with the movie, I wish I had read the book sooner. It was very good! In some parts the movie follows the book Word for Word. Both are great and this audio book was easy to listen to.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Great book terrible narration

Great story, fun, funny and fast paced, but David Case as the narrator wasn't for me he made weird voices and read it like a talk show host

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Pretty good

I wanted it to be better. I just love this movie. The majority of the book & movie are the same. I was a little disappointed at the ending, I guess, having seen the movie first. Overall, it was good. Not normally a book I would read or listen to, but I thought, why not? I think I wanted more out of the book, but there really isn't much more. I do like Nick Hornby's writing style. David Case's narration was fun. He brought out the quirks of the characters & made listening enjoyable. It was another good clear my head book, as there was nothing to figure out. I just had to put my headphones on & enjoy. It's a nice book about life & the family we are given & the family we choose. I do recommend this title if you're looking for something easy.