• Sweet Sorrow

  • The Long-Awaited New Novel from the Best-Selling Author of One Day
  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (59 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 $34.22

Buy for $34.22

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

From the best-selling author of One Day comes a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale about the heart-stopping thrill of first love - and how just one summer can forever change a life.

Now: On the verge of marriage and a fresh start, 38-year-old Charlie Lewis finds that he can’t stop thinking about the past and the events of one particular summer.

Then: Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. He’s failing his classes. At home he looks after his depressed father - when surely it should be the other way round - and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

But when Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

In order to spend time with Fran, Charlie must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet learned and performed in a theater troupe over the course of a summer.

Now: Charlie can’t go the altar without coming to terms with his relationship with Fran, his friends, and his former self. Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out. 

©2020 David Nicholls (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

What listeners say about Sweet Sorrow

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    39
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    45
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    37
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

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

A delight in every way!


When I’m in between authors, I tend to default to “who are my favorite readers?” While Rory Kinnear is an excellent actor, he is one of the finest readers of audiobooks I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. Listening to this book was like listening to what I can only describe as a multi-dimensional, one-man radio play.

I had never heard of this author before, but with the combination of Rory Kinnear being listed as this novel’s reader and an average rating above 4 stars, I felt like this would be a good option. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. To be surprised and delighted, with no preconceived notion of the storyline, is truly my favorite type of audiobook adventure, and this was one such experience.

I walk 50 miles a week and often passively listen to a variety of novels that are like comfort food. This novel had me walking down the street, sometimes doubled over with laughter. Between this author’s authenticity and wit, performed with Rory Kinnear’s perfect comedic timing and sarcastic pitch, I sometimes felt like I was watching a quirky, British Rom Com, rather than listening to an audiobooks while trudging mile after mile in hear of Central Phoenix.

I cannot recommend this novel enough. It’s funny, sweet, heartbreaking, poignant, warm, and nostalgic; a wonderful read!

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

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Sweet, funny, believable... both the teen angst and the adult realizations. Loved it. I'm going to have to download his first book now!!

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

I loved this book

This book was incredibly touching. The performance was delightful. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book but I loved it.

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

loved it!

the narrator did an amazing job! his ability to verbalize the humor made this story even better! bravo!!!

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

Great narration!

The story was fine, but the narration of the book with all the inflections, and pauses in the right spot made it perfect!! Really enjoyed listening!

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

Loved!

This book made me so happy, I didn’t want it to end. Such a perfect, funny, bittersweet, perfect story!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-20

Read by Rory

Against my better judgement I listened to a David Nicholls book, on the request of my Mother. I would have steered clear but she was right it wasn't soppy and read by Rory Kinnear made it a nice read. She talked longer about Rory and his Dad than she did about the book!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for L Douglas
  • L Douglas
  • 09-12-20

Beautifully written and indulgent

I rarely enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed this one. The writing is precise and every word carefully placed, and when the brilliant Rory Kinnear reads it, it sounds like poetry. So many novels nowadays are fired out hastily and carelessly, but this one doesn't miss a beat. A true delight with a plot to keep me excited to get back into my car for the next installment. I didn't want it to end.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ellie Spanos
  • Ellie Spanos
  • 08-26-20

No one forgets the passion of their first love

a wonderfully told story against the backdrop of an am-dram production of Romeo and Juliet