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A Long Way Down

By: Nick Hornby
Narrated by: Pauline McLynn, Nicky Henson, Christopher Ragland, Beattie Edmondson
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Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby's hilarious best seller about strangers and secrets, now a major motion picture starring Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan.

'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?'

For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: He has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all.... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then 18-year-old Jess, and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

©2014 Nick Hornby (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Mildly entertaining....

How to begin a review of a group of people inadvertently meeting up on the roof of a building with an aim in common!!! – to commit suicide – or not, to commit suicide – as none of them are very committed to the task!!! However, the individual stories that come about in the hereafter that led them to the path/stairs at the top of the building are somewhat amusing. I didn’t find the stories particularly funny, in fact the biggest titter from me came when they all sat around eating someone elses pizza!!! It is, I suppose a fairly amusing story and I would be happy to give it a decent scoring, but basically it is a take it or leave it book. Mildly entertaining – perhaps the film is better!!!

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Brilliantly scripted and excellent read.

Brilliant script and narrated perfectly for each character. Highly recommended. Another Nick Hornby gem. Great

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An enjoyable performance!

What made the experience of listening to A Long Way Down the most enjoyable?

The four narrators of A Long Way Down gave it a great flow. Each gave their character a realistic personality and depth.

What did you like best about this story?

The varied perspectives of each character, and their personal story behind what brought them to the roof of a tower block on NYE, made for an interesting read. The shortness of each chapter made it difficult to stop listening.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Each narrator had a distinct accent/speaking style, making the book more of a performance than if the book had been read.

Any additional comments?

The ending seemed a little abrupt, I was half expecting the "you have reached the end of this part but not the end of the audiobook" from the audible voice. I'm night sure if this is just because I tend to listen to books over 20 hours, or if I'd gotten so immersed in the story I hadn't expected it to end without a little more detail.

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Great story and well presented

Honestly worth a listen if you like any of hornbys other titles. Not as good as high fidelity but that's his best one.

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Worth a listen

I enjoyed the different narrators for each character. It was a very easy listen, not nick hornby's best but good

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this audio book. It’s amusing, tragic, and engaging. I actually didn’t want it to
End... and that would be my only point about this book.. it sort of just ends. Really suddenly. Which is a shame. I would love to know what happens to these characters particularly Jess who Is hilarious.
Great listen, fun and well written, great performances and all round feel good book!

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Glorious

If you've ever written so much as a Facebook status you can't help but be impressed by the storytelling ability of Nick Hornby
Deeply intelligent, Honest, warm and natural.. He writes emotionally from 4 diverse perspectives and nails every character flawlessly.
His best book by "a long way"

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Great star...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending....

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It started so well! I was hooked and was really enjoying it. Then it got a little drawn out and a little dull.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Pauline McLynn's irish accent would not have been in my head unless I had listened to her. I actually enjoyed the narration from all 4 readers. Shame the story was a little dissapointing.

Was A Long Way Down worth the listening time?

I am glad I listened to it because I had heard about the book, read the blurb and was intrigued. But I wouldn't listen again.

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the film should be good

Where does A Long Way Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its worth listening to. the characters are all portrayed in different chapters. its a very well written book and the narrators are great. feel good, funny, sad, and generally makes you feel like your life isn't so bad after all.
i'll go and see the film now for comparison!

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very enjoyable

I sincerely loved this one. its well written with well developed characters. This was pure entertainment. it is one of those ones.

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