Fever Pitch is the bitter-sweet autobiography which vividly accounts the elation and utter despair of a love affair with a particular football team. A phenomenal best seller and William Hill Sports Book of the Year, it captures the truth and absurdities of the obsessed Arsenal fan's mind, and whether you are interested in football or not, this is a sophisticated study of masculinity, class, identity, growing up, loyalty, depression - and joy.
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Yes, Julian Rhind-Tutt is flawless in his delivery. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't hearing him recount his own life as opposed to just reading a book. It almost felt like he was just talking conversationally. Brilliant.
I think the descriptions of the tragedies that have occurred during football matches over the years were the most memorable.
It was all done from first person perspective, so there was only one character.
Yes, if I could have listened to it in one go I would have. Just when you're on the brink of thinking it's too dry or getting bland it goes again and you're off.
I wish Julian Rhind-Tutt would read more books, specifically High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Hornby's writing is fantastic, both insightful and personable with a core of humour that is never forced.
"For Die-Hard Sports Fans ONLY"
I am a longtime die-hard fan of the New York Rangers. Fever Pitch is legendary among Ranger fans like me, even though it is about English football, more specifically, Arsenal. But beyond the scope of the actual sport or team, there is so much Nick Hornby has is common with Ranger fans that we can relate to his fan memoir 100%. I read Fever Pitch about a dozen years ago, I saw the 2005 movie adaptation that translated the die-hard obsession to a Boston Red Sox fan during their nearly century-long championship drought, and I liked them both a lot, so I gave Fever Pitch a listen, fulfilling two of my three most common rationales for listening to audiobooks (books that I already read and/or saw the movie).
Drawing a complete blank. I can't think of another treatise on what it's like to be obsessed as a fan with a particular sports team, especially one with a history of underachievement, as is the case with Hornby's Arsenal (at the time he wrote the book), my NY Rangers, and the film version's Red Sox (who actually won their first world series in 86 years during the making of the movie). I also can't imagine that anyone other than a similarly obsessed fan would be all that interested in Fever Pitch -- perhaps soccer fans in general, even if they are not necessarily Arsenal fans, might appreciate the details of particular matches that Hornby provides.
Having listened to a number of books that I previously read, I have come to the conclusion that no reader can ever really match the voice inside my own head. In this case, add in the fact that, having read all of Nick Hornby's novels (listed to one as an audiobook), his unique voice is tough for a reader to capture. Rhind-Tutt in particular reads in a somewhat muted or understated tone that I did not find appropriate to either the subject matter or the author's voice. So I don't think that he added anything to the listening experience other than a solid, competent reading.
No. Too much game detail. It becomes overwhelming after a while, one game muddling into another (each chapter focuses on a specific match). You need breaks to not get too bogged down.
More than two decades have passed since Fever Pitch was published, and in that time, some of its major themes have become outdated. Arsenal, which struggled for success from the time Hornby became a fan in 1969 through the writing of his book, has since gone on to become one of the most successful clubs in English football (not true of my Rangers -- even the Red Sox have won three world series in the past ten years since the making of the movie). Hooliganism and racism in English football are no longer issues worth Hornby's long and highly opinionated analysis; neither is the gentrification of the sport, which he is, ironically, given some credit for creating with his book. But the roots of a single fan's obsession with a sports team remains a vibrant topic, and that comprises the largest portion of his memoir. Also, if you've only seen the movie, beware -- there is no romantic angle in the book to act as counterpoint to the main character's obsession. Hornby developed that angle for the earlier UK film adaptation of Fever Pitch, on which the US movie is more closely based -- it does not appear in the book at all.
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