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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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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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Brilliant .

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

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  • Susan Random
  • 07-26-15

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
  • 04-28-16

Great Story full of nostalgia

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

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  • Emma
  • 07-01-15

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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
  • 05-14-15

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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  • M. SMITH
  • 11-10-17

Possibly my favourite novel of all time

I used to listen to the abridged version of this and it was read by Nigel Planer. It was the best narration of a book ever. Tovey is decent as a narrator and definitely grows into it. The first few minutes are oddly stilted. But it’s hard to hear a different voice reading it. The book itself is superb, definitely in my top five novels of the 90s. I’ve got the list written down somewhere …

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  • alex_holmes_367
  • 07-17-15

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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  • Daniel
  • 07-20-15

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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  • J Salisbury
  • 06-28-22

One of my favourites

Forget all the other reviews on here the narration is fine. Not quite as good as Julian Rhind-Tut who did a couple of Hornby books but it’s good enough.

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  • 05-06-22

Brilliant

A great listen, well read, main character was so frustrating but so believable too. Easy listening, a trip down memory lane back to the 70’s.
Would recommend.

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  • 03-29-22

Brilliant

Been meaning to read this for years.
Well worth the wait.
three more words

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  • jennifer
  • 11-18-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-18

Good, ultimately heartwarming book

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